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www.seattle.gov Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

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Could be the best utility to work for, but....

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

ProsThis is one of largest public electric utilities in the country with a lot of history and pride. Utility customer base is very "green" and "high tech". Utility is wildly recognized especially for its conservation efforts and Smart Grid vision. Many utility initiatives generate interest from industry and public.

ConsUnfortunately, the organization is too political. All budget is ultimately controlled by the City Council that has its own agenda often not in the best interests of the Utility. Executive team has very little control over it. There is absolutely no incentive to perform. There are several very bright individuals in executive positions and staff level but they are not empowered to make a difference. As a result many capable employees got frustrated and left the company in recent years. It is just too easy to fly under the radar and collect your pay check. This pattern will continue if the compensation and other factors don't change soon.

Advice to Senior ManagementDistance the utility from the City Government by creating an independent Utility Board.

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    it's not the sexiest job, but I feel proud to contribute to the overall development and improvement of the city.

    Senior Environmental Analyst (Current Employee)
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    Pros: Great work/life balance, great benefits, and wonderful people to work with. Folks don't work here for the money, but because they believe in what… Cons: As with any government (and many large organizations) you have to deal with bureaucracy and politics. There… Advice to Senior Management: Allow for more opportunities to cross-train staff, temporary placements with other divisions or departments, and develop new skills. I would like to… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    You can still have a lift outside of work

    Attorney (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

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    Pros: nice people, great benefits, reasonable hours Cons: support staff that slacks off and there is no penalty Advice to Senior Management: get rid of bad support staff Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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