Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

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very mixed experience because of uneven leadership

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Engineer in Martinez, CA
Current Employee - Engineer in Martinez, CA

I have been working at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

Pros

one of the old style agencies with good salaries and full benefits. Benefits include pension, full health, 401 in lieu of social security, wellness program, and an optional 457 deferred comp. They are a special district, and so not being state or county has advantages. Many workers work flex schedules when they can be accommodated. There are bargaining groups for all but the highest managers. Workers can gain retirement medical after 10 years service and reaching age 55. The retirement formula is 2%@55, equivalent to 2.5%@55 or better if a worker takes advantage of spiking rules (vacation sellback etc). Some positions pay a 5% bonus for a PE or CPA.

Cons

Opportunities and fairness are uneven throughout the District. They are about to see substantial attrition through retirements, and their governing Board is incompetent, refusing to raise rates while incurring what is now ~ $100 million unfunded liability. Several longtime managers are also useless, with a ripple effect moving down from them. Sometimes management makes moves like moving chess pieces around, ignoring fairness and the right thing to do. The current contract expires Spring 2012, and at least one Board member has pledged to eliminate all pension spiking at that time. There can be limited opportunity for promotion due to older workers with long service. They try to add new "Tiers" every negotiation, with less benefits for each new Tier.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management skills are lacking in several high positions - some have little to no leadership skills, and I know of several examples of incompetence that have never been addressed. Make sure deserving workers are rewarded, and don't cowtow to your Board, they are running the District into the ground with unfunded liabilities and no rate increases.

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    Engineering Co-op

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    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Martinez, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Martinez, CA

    I worked at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Varied projects, excellent staff, progressive philosophy

    Cons

    I would have enjoyed working with other departments for a more varied experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    An old-fashioned place to make a career

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    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Martinez, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Martinez, CA

    I worked at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, no pressure to work overtime or long hours.

    Cons

    Monotonous work, dreary environment, lackluster IT.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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