Sacramento Municipal

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2 people found this helpful  

Great place to be for the most part

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

I have been working at Sacramento Municipal full-time (less than a year)

Pros

Competitive salaries, exceptional benefits (medical, dental, vision, health center, child care, 401k & 457, regional transit discount, car pool etc.), flexible work schedule, lots of parking, nice cafeteria, workers seem pretty happy in general.

Cons

People don't leave until they retire, which means there's a low turnover. The people who have been there a long time and are not looking to advance their careers are often lazy and unhelpful. It's a shame there aren't more young, energetic and creative people working in such a potentially wonderful workplace.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

They're doing a pretty good job!

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Sacramento Municipal full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    excellent benefits and job opportunities.

    Cons

    Business moves a little slower than the Private world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who do the work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    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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