Los Angeles Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
53 Reviews

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
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Review Highlights

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
  • limited promotional opportunities at management level; bureaucracy; (in 2 reviews)

  • surrounded by lots of lazy employees because it is unionized work (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Engineer

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    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Friendly people, not much learning experience - intern

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles as an intern for less than a 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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  5.  

    Great opportunities for advancement for people without college degrees.

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    Former Employee - Clerk Typist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Clerk Typist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Above Average Salary, Benefits, Camaraderie, Work Environment

    Cons

    Middle Management jockeying for higher positions, lose focus.
    Micromanagement is rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging and trust employees to do their jobs and the right thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Working as a Project Egineer Manager for past 18 years on capital improvement projects for the City.

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Getting experience on large scale projects. Training was available within the City and in universities in Southern California, The City encourages getting board certification in my field and pay for courses that help achieving such certifications. It is a Civil Service System and you are protected in slow economy from being laid off.

    Cons

    It is salaried position so there is a roof on how much you would be making.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job security... sort of...

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

    I worked at Los Angeles

    Pros

    Great pension, medical/dental benefits provided for part-time employees. Friendly and culturally diverse work environment. Networking and interaction with employees of many levels with in a company.

    Cons

    Some times the only way to get promoted or to advance was solely based on who you knew. Too many lazy employees who would do just the minimum to keep their job. Some times there is an "every-man-for-himself" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to become more engaged with employees and actually get know who they are on a professional and personal level.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Government work in a shrinking economy

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles

    Pros

    Good pension and good benefits

    Cons

    No career growth and more work with fewer staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A rewarding place to work

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles

    Pros

    Good Employee morale,great atmosphere

    Cons

    Promotional opportunities can be limiting at times

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Well paid but depends on which council member you work for

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    Current Employee - Press Deputy for City Council Member  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Press Deputy for City Council Member in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles

    Pros

    Working for City Council can be exciting especially if you have a great boss. I loved my team and learned a lot.

    Cons

    People take themselves really seriously and think they are running the world when in reality very little gets done. It requires a lot of initiative to move things forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The budget situation is a mess but I'm hardly the first to say this but it does make work in LA unstable.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very Positive, Family Environment, Very Professional

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles

    Pros

    The County Has Excellent Benefits,Stability,Oppertunity,Great People and great work locations. the offer alternative work schedules and the managment cares about its workers.

    Cons

    There is really no downsided. The only downside is that you have to be very patient in your career endeavors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job that you are. Please keep an eye out for the student workers because they are the future.

    Recommends

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