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Training Specialist

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Current Employee - Training Specialist  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Training Specialist in Washington, DC

I have been working at Washington DC Government

Pros

Secure government employment protected by the union

Cons

advancement opportunities are low during this recession

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Retire if you have more than 25 years because you will be a part of the future of the organization and cannot embrace the vision of the future.

Recommends
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware of DC government

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at Washington DC Government

    Pros

    Interesting work if you are in the right department. The issues facing the city are huge but if you have great ideas and a lot of courage and stamina, you can make a difference in peoples lives.

    Cons

    The District government continues to be dominated by cronyism, narrow-mindedness and unqualified managers. Everyone follows the lead of the mayor instead of guiding and helping him make good policy decisions. Good employees are treated poorly and ranks are dominated by people just collecting a paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look outside of DC for best practices. There are great programs you can adopt from other cities (large and small). Most of the issues facing DC have been dealt with successfully in other jurisdictions. You just have to be willing to give someone else the credit for the idea and find a way to apply it effectively to DC.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Washington DC Government

    Pros

    You are able to help people and make the city a better place. You can also build meaningful relationships within your department, because most people are in this for the right reasons. A very diverse workforce represents a diverse city. Constituents recognize work well done, which adds to the good feelings of helping people. Corporate training can be helpful at times--be sure to pick classes that appeal to senior leadership. The payscale is not too bad; you can certainly make more than working for a smaller city or town. Benefits are fine. It's nice to get all holidays off, and nothing much happens at the end of the year.

    Cons

    The city is disorganized from a long tradition of buearacracy. Leadership can be uncommunicative due to a long chain of communication (it's a long way from mayor to front line staff). There is no formal promotion schedule; often it seems that either seniority or friends get promoted. All processes take incredibly long, which can be frustrating to both the worker and citizen. Technology can be slow and weak. Facilities need repair and regular maintanence. There is little in the way of team-building, which can result in bad feelings. Often by just getting to know co-workers better, more can get done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People get bored with their jobs, so there needs to be regular discussion of promotion possibilities. Similarly, the lack of team-building results in inefficiency, even more so than normal! Lack of communication results in bad feelings for leadership, so it's important not to blame higher ups for creating certain mandates. That blame works its way down at each level. More advocacy for better facilities, technology, and training goes a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
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