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

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I worked at City of Seattle

Pros

This 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.

Cons

Unfortunately, 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 ManagementAdvice

Distance the utility from the City Government by creating an independent Utility Board.

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    You can still have a lift outside of work

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    nice people, great benefits, reasonable hours

    Cons

    support staff that slacks off and there is no penalty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of bad support staff

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    Great

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    Current Employee - President/Managing Partner in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - President/Managing Partner in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    learning the entertainment business and meeting new people.
    great benefits.

    Cons

    mobility can be tough unless your on the board but everybody is vyying for the top job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management looks out for it's employees ans clients to create a hospitibal atmosphere. If you see the top management they will say hi to the mailroom employee even.

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