Orange County (California)

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Orange County (California) Reviews

Updated May 6, 2014
Updated May 6, 2014
13 Reviews

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    OC Auditor-Controller

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    Former Employee - Accountant II  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant II in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Orange County (California) full-time

    Pros

    The OC Auditor-Controller offers a family friendly work schedule.

    Cons

    The career path is limited to government.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Department culture

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    Former Employee - Officer  in  Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Officer in Orange, CA

    I worked at Orange County (California) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company policy is responsible, while the culture itself is lenient. The work can be challenging in a good way and a good stepping stone to higher career advancement.

    Cons

    The company culture can be too lenient, where the challenge is fitting in with the people rather than the job itself. Organization in staffing can be unorganized and unprofessional at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a more hands on approach rather than leaving it to staff to maintain staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Typical County clerical job.

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    Former Employee - Court Typist  in  Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Court Typist in Orange, CA

    I worked at Orange County (California) full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flex days. The benefits are just ok, not what everyone thinks they are.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. You top out on pay. Promised job return if you come back within two years but no follow-up from HR. Unless you know someone in another department, it is almost impossible to transition to it. You basically get stuck in the position/department that initially get into.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Crabs in a bucket

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    Current Employee - Systems Programmer / Analyst II  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Programmer / Analyst II in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Orange County (California) full-time

    Pros

    Job stability, union or "association" negotiated employment agreements, good benefits, educational reimbursement programs, flexible work hours, not a bad place to begin a career.

    Cons

    Tribal, lack of business or process maturity, mostly run by high school graduates, 20% of the people pull 80% of the weight, jobs or promotions are largely determined before jobs are posted, jobs are often awarded based on "loyalty" rather than expertise or contributions, a workplace driven by individual self-interest rather than the public or organizational interest, a place where character assassinations are the norm even within groups. Territorial, where very few people share information to maintain their job security even if all they do is push a button. Indifferent to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most are best suited for corrupt third world countries.

    Neutral Outlook
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    For Volunteers, Interns, and Contractors: The Best Place You'll Never Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Orange County (California) as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Great people and opportunities to make a difference.
    Excellent training opportunities.

    Cons

    Who you know is more important than what you know.

    Volunteering and interning will get your foot in the door here, but it's a revolving door.

    Unqualified managers target "waste" to justify their positions. In doing so, they create new programs and systems that actually cost the County more in time and money to meet the same objectives.

    The time it takes to get approval for outside training, grants, donations, etc. has meant many a missed opportunity.

    Contractors may not be paid for months. This is an ongoing problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Serving the public is a privilege. Trust, listen to, and invest in your staff. They are what make the impossible, "possible" every single day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good and steady

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    Current Employee - Accounting Office Supervisor  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Office Supervisor in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Orange County (California) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people and steady environment.

    Cons

    No room for movement or more training at this time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A service oriented culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Orange County (California)

    Pros

    Stability
    Generous vacation time
    Good retirement benefits
    Transfer opportunities
    Training opportunities
    Service oriented

    Cons

    Many entrenched employees who are not interested in improving their skills or output.
    Driven by politics.
    Managers were mistreated in my department.
    Low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees to problem solve and assume ownership.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Brutal Lay off each year

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    Former Employee - Auditor Appraiser  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Auditor Appraiser in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Orange County (California)

    Pros

    8 - 5 job
    No competition
    People are generous
    Not much stress
    Overtime pay (before the stock market crash)
    Easy work

    Cons

    It is really brutal for the first year employees. After one year, performance review is done and half of the 1 year old trainees get laid off. For example, my group was 8 people and 4 got ladi off during and at year end period

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shouldn't be brutal to trainees. Why hire trainees and keep the high rate of turnover? People hate that. management is not generally capable of handling the department

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Culture depends heavily on specific manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA

    I worked at Orange County (California)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Many good people to work with who are dedicated to the public they serve
    Opportunity to make a difference
    Excellent training opportunities

    Cons

    Large, bureaucratic organization
    Difficult to move things through hierarchy
    Clear difference in resources available depending on service provided or demographic served

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a strong culture that values all services provided and promotes respect for the citizen's served. Support outreach efforts and citizen involvement.

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    Social Services is filled with great people and is fun to work for.

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    Current Employee - Information Processing Technician  in  Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Information Processing Technician in Orange, CA

    I have been working at Orange County (California)

    Pros

    The people are friendly and the hours are great.

    Cons

    The upper management see their own careers as more important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider how you came to be where you are now and remember where you started.

    Recommends

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