Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Reviews

Updated March 22, 2014
Updated March 22, 2014
13 Reviews

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  1.  

    So far, I like it. It would be better if I was a permanent worker.

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    Current Employee - Student Worker  in  South Gate, GA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in South Gate, GA

    Pros

    Starting pay is not bad, definitely opens doors for you to get to know people and move to higher positions.

    Cons

    repetitive job duties and it can be a bit boring sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    fun easy job with good people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Easy work with good pay for college students

    Cons

    can not move up in company

  3.  

    Working for LA County Health Dept

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    Former Employee - IT Help Desk  in  Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - IT Help Desk in Commerce, CA

    Pros

    It's a great place to work. If you get on fulltime, the benefits are great. The people are really nice to work with.

    Cons

    It's sometimes difficult to get on staff because you have to test to get hired, and it can be difficult to move up the ladder for the same reason.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Can be very rewarding but will also face typical government work politics and attitudes

    Current Employee - Epidemiologist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    When I'm collaborating with colleagues and agencies and connecting with the public and medical providers in a manner that effectively provides education and to protect the public in a timely manner, in other words to accomplish our mission of minimizing and controlling infectious disease, it is really rewarding!

    Cons

    People won't or can't step up to work outside of their official duties. The atmosphere is thick with an attitude of this is how it's been done so we're not going to do anything differently. It can feel stagnant and demoralizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd like management to be more positive, inclusive, and creative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Intern at Department

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Good pay, good learning experience (grant funded)

    Cons

    No parking space, unnecessary employment training for summer interns

    Recommends
  7.  

    A job that provides a decent salary, good benefits, good savings plan, and lots of variety. Love it!

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    Former Employee - Contract Program Auditor  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Contract Program Auditor in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    BENEFITS! This company has the best benefits around. Also, the Department of Public Health works on cutting edge public health issues in Los Angeles County. They are really helping to make the county residents healthier now and in the long run.

    Cons

    It can get boring if you do not know how to spice it up. Some people who have been there forever may seem as though change might kill them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change can be very good. Listening to new employees and providing a place where they can contribute to the decision making processes can be quite beneficial for the entire county.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Lot of bureaucracy, but a nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Health Educator  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Health Educator in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits: health insurance, pension, retirement savings plan (with matching), great support for work/life balance, etc.
    Most of the employees are smart, dedicated, and hard-working individuals.

    Cons

    As to be expected in government, there are employees who waste time gossiping, doing nothing, and making lots of stupid mistakes. Sometimes I wonder how certain people (especially admin clerks) end up in the position they're in when they can't even speak/understand English or send a semi-professional e-mail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to fire employees who aren't doing their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Credentials and expertise were being greatly undervalued

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Work load is less intense than in academia or private industry settings and jobs are relatively more stable. Co-workers are friendly.

    Cons

    The department is highly controlled and very political. The top management does not care about their employees/ career development or job satisfaction. The environment is definitely not nurturing or encouraging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please think about how to attract and keep really talented people rather than wasting tax payers money on so many people who do not even have anything to do everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    It's hard to get a job in county unless you know someone from the department program hiring first

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    Current Employee - Student Professional Worker I  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student Professional Worker I in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    automatic pay scale
    if working full-time, good benefits
    relatively stable job

    Cons

    lots of politics
    dense management structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find better ways of inter-program communication
    facilitate innovative ideas

    Recommends
  11.  

    Experience as a contractor

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    Former Employee - Research Consultant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Research Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Flexibility, initial enthusiasm for proposed project.

    Cons

    Poor salary, poor communication, lack of support given contractor status.
    Overly diffuse chain of responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better clarity in communicating responsibilities. Project head failed to ensure that commitment to the project was adequately supported. Laissez-faire attitude about uncooperative workers.

    Doesn't Recommend

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