New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
5.0 of 5 33 reviews
www.nyc.gov New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Reviews

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New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Commissioner Thomas Farley

Thomas Farley

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64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great leadership and training from the staff at the bureau of communicable disease

    Health Research Training Program (Former Employee)
    Long Island City, NY

    ProsThere are always opportunities to learn! The workplace is very positive and very team-oriented. Work pace is relaxed yet stimulating. Colleagues are all educated and smart.

    ConsAs an intern, the position is limited and there is not always an opening to transition into a full-time position. I can also see it being difficult to advance without a PhD or MD. There is a clock-in and clock-out system which does not allow for a great deal of flexibility and can get bothersome/restricting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide better opportunities for growth for entry-level staff so that they can feel more committed to their work and responsibilities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent place for public health work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCoworkers are very well educated, experts in their fields. Excellent resources and resources at disposal. Ahead of other metropolitan areas in using big data and technology for bettering public health

    ConsNone of the interns I know of were offered a position after graduation

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    Good initiatives and good people working there

    Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsEffort to give interns good experience. Supervisor was very encouraging and supportive. Building is new and easily accessible through public transportation. Great office culture.

    ConsUnlikely to hire interns after graduation. Allow interns to be more involved in work rather than just doing data entry. Easy to get stuck in the intern hamster wheel without moving forward. Took forever to get paychecks, and every paycheck there was a problem.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWould be good to hire some of the interns after graduation and provide them with better compensation. Allow interns to float between different positions within a department to find a good fit, rather than sticking them in data entry positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Use to be great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting content, clear usefulness. Nice building. Easily accessible workplace.

    ConsWeird hierarchical structure led by people who don't have any vision and aren't that impressive but have high level credentials. People can be smug, or act like they are righteous do gooders but are petty and selfish just like in any other job. Terrible neighborhood.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-organize

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working at the NYC Department of Health was my passion and the dream job

    Special Projects Coordinator (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsServing the public was the best experience in my life.

    ConsBureaucracy always gets in the way of improvement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow supervisors and managers to take care of day to day business and support them in the way they handle situations as they are trying to do their best in the organization's best interest.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to go for a while

    Intern/College Aide/HRTP Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe NYC Dept of Health is definitely the top place to do public health work in the country -- it looks amazing on a public health resume. Everyone (not including support staff) is passionate about what they're doing. The new building in Long Island City is really wonderful.

    ConsSalaries are low, but it's the government so it's very much to be expected. Sometimes there is a leave-at-5pm-on-the-dot mentality. It's almost impossible to reach the top of the Department of Health if you don't have an MD or a PhD.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo more to encourage a work-harder mentality from the staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    (Current Employee)

    ProsNot a difficult job.
    Not a lot of work.
    Stable employment for those who enjoy sitting around or making personal phone calls all day.
    Laid-back atmosphere.

    ConsMany employees have been here for a while and are highly unmotivated; tend to delegate tasks and brown nose management.
    Employees need to take more accountability for their actions.
    Need to reinforce the mission and purpose.
    No career growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working at New York City Department of Health is a good place! Nice people to see !

    Software Developer (Former Employee)

    ProsThe coworker is nice !

    ConsThere are a lot of requirement or application need you to apply when you want to do something inside. There are so bureaucratism !!! And the director or manager only promote or rise salary they favor you or not. It doesn't depend what you did .

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo

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    It was a pleasant change from working at a law firm.

    Legal Research Assistant (Former Employee)

    ProsI was there temporarily to work on a project concerning records management. Everyone was very helpful whenever I had a problem. I had the opportunity to learn new skills.

    ConsGetting the temporary ID was a hassle because I had to shlep out to Queens and then they had a problem getting my information into the system.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Associate Staff Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThere are actually some people who are very serious about creating and implementing programs for the benefit of the public.

    ConsThere are many people who could not care less about what they are doing, and who are genuinely dull and less skilled than I expected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake more care to touch base with your staff. The level of boredom suffered by many of your staff is a direct reflection of your (in)ability to regard your team as individuals with specific talents that can be harnessed to create a great work environment; they are not simply 'government workers' or 'drones'.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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