Los Angeles Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
55 Reviews
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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
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Pros
  • Friendly and culturally diverse work environment (in 7 reviews)

  • The position is well paying, there are good benefits, and the there is a low work load (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to apply for higher positions if you want to work in a specific one (in 2 reviews)

  • Too many lazy employees who would do just the minimum to keep their job (in 2 reviews)

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    at times, everything you could ask for; most of the time, deploring due to poor supervisors and management policies.

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    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    a few managers are still with the City; you might get to work with the various consultants, who are typically very good.

    Cons

    extremely poor policies regarding use of OT to get the work out; the typical supervisor has very little if any clue on how to supervise; the City's standards for supervising may be good and written, but managers and higher-level supervisors typically do not use them; poor capabilities by the Mayor and City Administrative Officer translate to poor morale and significantly reduce effectiveness at all levels - only when they have to get out of the way, or when they want something done so the Mayor can get a photo op, is something accomplished in a timely manner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get With The Program! Enable staff to perform at a higher level by providing training, adequate computers and software, and enough OT to get the job done in a timely manner; and get some decent supervisors!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Recreation Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recreation Assistant in Van Nuys, CA
    Current Employee - Recreation Assistant in Van Nuys, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If your looking for a part time job the pay is decent. The people are generally good - Management is hit and miss...

    Cons

    This is a part time position that will never lead to more then 1040 hour per year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Professional mobility

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planning Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Planning Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Planning staff has a wide array of projects, issues and disciplines in which to operate within. High degree of continuing professional education and gainful hands on experience from GIS, economic analysis, housing, transportation, code development, opportunity for professionalism

    Cons

    Professional testing leading to career advancement is competitive and standard by governmental requirements. However, the selection process with regards to appointment is obfuscated by subjective metrics inherent to an established 'old boy network'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    department should be more reflective of the populace it serves

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A seasonal job with fluctuating workflow, with a lot of overtime required closer to Election Day.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Election Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Election Clerk in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Depending on the team you work for, there is usually a sense of comradery. You can get pretty close with coworkers, since you work long hours with your team. This is a good first or second job to have if you are an as-needed employee.

    Cons

    A division between teams can occur, slowing down productivity and/or the harmony in the office. Many as-needed staff don't feel fairly treated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Trying to hang until retirement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Traffic Supervisor
    Current Employee - Senior Traffic Supervisor

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary for not possessing a college degree.
    Good people to work with for the most part.
    Assisting the public with their problems can be a very good thing.

    Cons

    Public service ain't what it used to be....
    People (politicians) who run things are, as usual, mainly interested in their own interests, contrary to what they say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hummn... what do you say to someone who really doesn't care what you think, even when they ask for your opinion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Working for a City with world class potential but is falling behind

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time

    Pros

    Great city, great weather, many diverse communities

    Cons

    In the midst of budget reductions and trimming the fat, only civilian workers are targeted. The departments with badges (police and fire) aren't asked to find real savings.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I was an I.T. intern there

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

    I worked at Los Angeles part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of your coworkers will be awesome and helpful. They give you more jobs than just data entry. They were very flexible on what days I came in.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are incredibly distracted and do not like to work. One of them actually checked his stocks all day and chatted with his family from home.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineering Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineering Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Downtown LA. Decent pay and benefits, but each year entails more cutbacks.

    Cons

    Too many outside consultants, a waste of money; work could be done in house. Waiting for an opening in the DWP. Furloughs and no pay raise in years with rising outside costs = pay cut. Riordan pension plan would be a disaster for the City and its workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate leaders early in their career. Cut out expensive consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    most people are nice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles as an intern

    Pros

    the wage is OK for an internship job and most people working here are friendly. The environment is clean and organized.

    Cons

    The online systems we are using have a lot of confusing aspects, and sometimes I don't even know which data to believe. Maybe it's a problem existed in most huge organizations because the working procedure is hard to control.

  11.  

    Friendly people, not much learning experience - intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are friendly at the face. Work load is light. Working environment is good. suppliers are generous.

    Cons

    Little learning experience - interns are the king of photocopier and scanner. Other than preparing handout for meeting, there is nothing much needed for an intern. Feels like a waste of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better structured internship, or rather, there is no need to have graduate students to do copying work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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