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Great pay and benefits, miserable work environment

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Analyst in Sacramento, CA
Current Employee - Analyst in Sacramento, CA

I have been working at Sacramento Municipal

Pros

SMUD offers some of the best salaries and benefits packages in the Sacramento region. Training opportunities are extensive, and their aging workforce promises to offer new employees significant opportunities for advancement over the coming 5 years. It is also highly stable - SMUD is probably the only government organization that has not suffered as a result of the economic collapse and ensuing recession.

Cons

This is all true for those that can bear the oppressive top-down management structure, excessive hours, and disregard for employee satisfaction.

I've worked as a senior-level professional in a variety of organizations of varying sizes. I have found SMUD's culture and management to be singularly top-down and rife with internal political conflicts at the supervisor and non-supervisory levels. Colleagues shirk responsibility and are often unresponsive or highly sensitive (and defensive) to requests for assistance that clearly fall within their job description. This makes it needlessly stressful and time-intensive to complete even the simplest tasks.

At the same time, middle management speaks to staff with a pedantic and demeaning tone and obsessively focuses on metrics to measure and monitor employee performance, as well as internet usage reports that track each website a staff visits. SMUD also has high overtime expectations (staff often work on their 9/80 day off and vacation requests are frequently denied). Supervisors often spend weeknights and weekends responding to emails and completing assignments.

Also, as a courtesy to whoever may consider working at SMUD, I'll let it be known that they block personal email. As a past supervisor, I have managed based on how my staff meet and exceed expectations. The focus should be on the work completed, not on the number of websites a staff visits.

These attempts to measure and monitor employees create a culture of control and management by intimidation ('do this or you'll receive discipline or lose your bonus'). It does not encourage professionalism and excellence.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Despite what management proclaims, SMUD is NOT a great place to work. In my opinion, if SMUD wants to attract and retain a younger workforce going forward, it will need to revisit the quality of life that it offers to staff while they are at work.

Telling workers that they need to be accountable won't create accountability.
Give workers ownership over their work and manage with respect instead of intimidation.
Promote work/life balance.
Finally, staff reviews should be based on a supervisors' knowledge of the work that staff completes, not from software programs and internet usage reports. Supervisors are overloaded with bureaucratic tasks and training and are out of touch with the staff they should be supporting, supervising, and mentoring.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Have a Career and a Life!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Technology Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Technology Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Sacramento Municipal

    Pros

    Killer benefits: starts with 3 weeks of vacation/year building up to 6 weeks. Can carry up to 12 weeks. 13 days of sick leave/year, can accrue without limit. Excellent medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Outstanding retirement package: defined benefit plan (PERS 2% @ 55), e.g. if you retire at 55 with 20 years of service, you get 40% (2*20) of your final pay as a pension, with annual COLAs. PLUS two defined contribution plans, a 457 and a 401k. Tuition reimbursement up to $5000/year.

    It is a diverse, inclusive work place, which supports work-life balance. You usually can take a day to go on a field trip with your child. A green utility that walks its talk. Many opportunities for learning and development.

    Cons

    People who work here tend to stay, if you're looking to move up fast, you might be disappointed. Turnover historically has been very low, but is up the last few years due to lots of retirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sacramento Municipal full-time

    Pros

    Smart employees who care about what they do; interesting work; good benefits; wellness programs, including small on-site gym, showers, and bike lockers.

    Cons

    Work overload, with too many projects, too many project managers, and not enough staff in some groups to do the work that supports the projects while also getting the other day-to-day work accomplished.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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