New York City Office of Management and Budget

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Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Excellent work environment

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at New York City Office of Management and Budget (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I interned with OMB for 10 weeks in the summer of 2015. I found my internship experience to be very satisfying. I was given responsibility for my own projects, was welcomed in many meetings--including some with OMB management--and was respected by the employees in my unit. Everyone I worked with was very supportive.

    Cons

    Very little training. If you're someone who struggles to chart a path through your projects independently, this is probably not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Improve relationships between OMB and other City agencies. Being perceived as the "agency of no" is necessary during budget season, but hurts collaboration on City-wide projects.


  2. Intern Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    As an intern analyst at OMB, you are given much of the same work that an everyday budget analyst is given. In my opinion, this makes the internship a rich and rewarding one as you gain real world hands on experience that can be applicable in many different fields, particularly if you see yourself at OMB in the future. Additionally, they work around your schedule which is extremely helpful.

    Cons

    During the plan periods, the work can be a bit overwhelming as an intern. This is particularly burdensome when trying to balance your school workload and the work that is given at the internship. As previously mentioned, a lot of responsibility is bestowed upon you as an intern in this position so this can be challenging.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great management and co-workers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at New York City Office of Management and Budget full-time

    Pros

    Inspiring people to work with; if you are motivated and smart you will move upward quickly. Benefits are very good. Opportunity to work paid over time.

    Cons

    The pay is too low for NYC and there is no cost of living adjustment. But it is a great place to start to climb the career ladder as many employees (analysts) go on to ratings firms or banks.

    Advice to Management

    Need to increase salaries to be competitive for better employee retention. Be clear about employee goals and workplace expectations, which was clear in my case.


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  5. Good - depending on department and long-term view (excellent pension)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at New York City Office of Management and Budget full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some departments have better work-life balance; depending on the manager, promotions are easier. Certain departments also do very interesting things which is a form of compensation in itself. The pension benefits are superb - which makes up for the fact that there are no annual bonuses. Healthcare is also very comprehensive and affordable. People you work with are generally great and helpful.

    Cons

    Some departments are can be really tough (but, transfer opportunities do exist). Page increases are rare, but it is made up for with good benefits. During budget seasons, its impossible to schedule events in your personal life because of erratic work hours.


  6. Environment is changing under leadership, uncertain times results in uncertain leadership

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    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at New York City Office of Management and Budget full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great exposure to city agencies, ie senior leadership at city agencies, also other important organizations / stakeholders to city policy objectives; warm and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    sector expertise / knowledge seems to be less important than knowing the route routines, and embracing without questioning timeworn mechanical processes new mayoral changes have frozen all hiring, as the result strange bedfellows in leadership and horizontal internal transfers are occurring; prior OMB leadership focused on merit hires, remains to be seen whether that will continue

    Advice to Management

    Not clear if new leadership embraces the OMB staff; no introduction or greeting to the staff circulated arrival


  7. Very Relax Work Environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at New York City Office of Management and Budget full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at OMB is a great opportunity if you are interested in a stable job with steady income. There are very few deadlines, and everything is very organized. People are friendly and warm. I had the opportunity to visit a lot of city institutions otherwise would not have been accessible by the general public. We visited waterfront piers, prisons, schools, hospitals and other various institutions.

    Cons

    Work can sometimes be a bit slow, and mentally is not super challenging.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Former Budget Analyst

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at New York City Office of Management and Budget full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    *You learn a lot and get excellent budgeting/finance experience right out of college. I learned more here than in any other place I've worked at. *OMB is very respected and well-recognized, it's easy to find employment with another agency or company once you leave (and you will leave). *Because it's a government agency, the benefits (vacation time, pension, healthcare, etc.) are excellent and better than you will find in the private sector. *Good comradeship among most analysts because of the insane working hours and those are the people you'll see for most of your time while you're working there.

    Cons

    *Pay is terrible, especially for junior analysts. *Hours can be crazy depending on what unit you work for. Some units don't work any overtime, but others work loads. It really depends on the assistant director or unit head. *The managers often won't give any work until the end of the day just to make it look to their boss that they're working hard and working overtime. Again, it depends on the unit and which director they're under. Some are much better than others. *Very little chance for promotion and most promotions based on politics and connections. Under one assistant director, only blonde women were promoted. *Turnover was the worst for any company I have worked for. Analysts lasted no longer than 2 years because they were burnt out or went elsewhere for better pay. *Upper management was totally oblivious to employee concerns. During my short stint at OMB, there were two lawsuits against senior management and both were settled out of court, which means they had merit. One of the lawsuits was by an HR manager. That speaks volumes about the management of the place. *Cliquish among certain schools. They tend to hire people from certain programs - Cornell, Harvard and Albany.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to recommend since whatever concern will fall on deaf ears. Most of them have been there for many, many years and won't listen to anyone. Overall, your experience will vary greatly depending on what unit you're in and which assistant director you're under. Some are really, really good, but others are not.


  9. Good Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Office of Management and Budget full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great place to get analytical work experience right out of college. Good salary and promotions are given quickly, depending on the unit (my unit gave promotions and salary increases annually).

    Cons

    Work culture is somewhat rigid--have to check in and out of work on an electronic system. Lots of turnover among younger employees. Mid level Leadership is promoted from within the organization, which leads to a management structure with no real experience/ training in how to manage people.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some outside talent for management positions or take the time to develop mid management in the organization.


  10. Good place to start a career for those interested in City government

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Learn alot, energetic and dynamic staff, fast-paced work environment in comparison with other government agencies, decent promotional opportunities.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than it would be in agencies, hard to get extended vacations, stupid HR policies regading promotions, lack of transparency in promotion process

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent in the promotion process.


  11. Good place to start city career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to hone Excel and presentation skills Ambitious coworkers Can take on a lot of responsibility over time Easy transfers within departments after one year in position Great place to make contacts at various city agencies

    Cons

    Promotions and salary increases very wildly by Task Force, as do workloads. Make sure you're on a task force that values its members, not all do. Very rigid heirarchy. The top dogs have been there forever and will never leave. High turnover among analysts (1 - 2 years on average).

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff. Promote good workers early and often and watch how productivity soars. Barely reward your staff and watch how quickly they leave. Increase starting salaries to the agency levels.



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