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New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
61 Reviews
3.4
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New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Commissioner Thomas Farley
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You feel like you are making a difference, work can be challenging but not overwhelming, very good benefits, very good work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Get involved with cutting edge public health programming (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • often shifting of upper management, no impossible to network (in 2 reviews)

  • hard work never recognized, no promotions/raises (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    This was a good experience that was a good introduction in the public health field

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    Former Intern - Intern in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very laid back work environment. Although everybody pretty much keeps to themselves, the employees are friendly and are willing to offer assistance whenever possible.

    Cons

    Very old and outdated computers make it difficult to work sometimes, also there can be a lack of personal space and not enough desks for all the interns to work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to get your feet wet

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    lots to learn; many opportunities for ambitious and intelligent hard workers

    Cons

    too many bureaucratic hurdles to jump through; troubling lack of efficiency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train your managers to be leaders; create more efficient processes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

    Pros

    Large organization, people care about public health matters

    Cons

    A lot of "higher ups" that you have to clear things with. Also being a city employee means having to be on duty during city emergencies, and you are expected to show up even if no subways are running.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Politics as usual

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The previous job I had was a great experience working with incredible people and learning the in's and out's about public health in NYC.

    Cons

    I was told I was being promoted to a new division within the department and that work at my current job was being being tailored towards transitioning me into that new position. Unfortunately, the person who was originally tasked with heading that department took a different position outside of the DOHMH and the new supervisor decided to hire someone from outside while still leading me to believe I was being transitioned to the new role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good intentions but could improve intern experience

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as an intern through the HRTP Program--I had a great, very understanding supervisor, and the office culture was very supportive and welcoming.

    Cons

    Projects weren't as involved as I wanted them to be; I am a very results-oriented person and it was difficult at times to see exactly how I was helping.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more workshops to interns, including ways they can build their skills (software, personal growth, interview, etc.)

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Professional place to work with room for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Social Work Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Social Work Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

    Pros

    Worked with very talented professionals and global leaders in health. Room for growth.

    Cons

    I think the work culture differs for each bureau so you would want to research that. Also, lots of bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

    Pros

    #1 health department in the country, innovative, creative

    Cons

    it is a complex organization and very large, so naturally that comes with some challenges in communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep that family feel

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Special Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Work-life balance is great and lots of opportunities to develop skills.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are hard to come by, easier to move on to another Agency than move up from within

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    pretty good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - College Aide in New York, NY
    Former Intern - College Aide in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Environment is serious but not too stressful. Government workplace rules are set which people follow so I felt safe. Compensation is fair for job skills.

    Cons

    Promotions depend on when there are openings, so not very mobile in terms of working your way up unless you've been there a long time. Also a lot of bureaucracy. There hasn't been a raise in 4 years, something should be done about that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for a paid internship, but be prepared for a lot of red tape bureaucracy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - College Aide in New York, NY
    Former Intern - College Aide in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are great and there are wonderful opportunities for networking and learning from higher management.

    Cons

    Funding can be difficult to come by, especially in a non-priority program. Moral is not great among lower-level employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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