Port of Oakland Reviews

Updated May 13, 2015
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  1. Summer Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Port employees were encouraging through the whole internship program.

    Cons

    For student interns, the maximum amount of hours capped at 20 hours per week.

    Advice to Management

    Have specific assignments set out for interns ahead so that there is a steady flow of work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits, but debt load and imminent wave of retirements will continue to limit long-term growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Port of Oakland full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Motivated and (generally) friendly coworkers, great benefits and good public sector salaries. Current executive team has a positive outlook and is poised to be able to capitalize on opportunities.

    Cons

    Lots of internal turmoil over the last few years, and current economic outlook is limited due to enormous debt burden from previous projects. Generally more business-like as compared to some government agencies, but still an independent department of the City of Oakland.

    Advice to Management

    Still seems to be a major disconnect between the outlook and perspective (challenges and opportunities) as seen by senior team and those on the rank and file level.


  3. Helpful (2)

    In for a challenging road ahead.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Well compensated employees; differing abilities for promotion depending on division; wide range of policy and economic challenges to tackle across revenue lines, which creates business opportunities.

    Cons

    major financial issues have lead to massive personnel cutbacks; employees by and large very overworked; little recognition by senior management and directors on the day to day needs to keep the place running in a sustainable manner.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Once great but now falling

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great benefits including medical, a pension (!!) . Salaries are excellent. This type of employer is becoming a relic unfortunately.

    Cons

    The recently appointed senior management is terrible. They are incompetent in doing their jobs and are only interested in selling the public's valuable real estate and laying off staff to meet their budget. Rather than have any in house staff the senior management seems intent on contracting out all of the work. This leaves little room for technical growth for existing staff. I highly recommend not pursuing employment at the Port of Oakland, despite the great pay and benefits, because it is likely that in ten years there will barely be any in house staff left.

    Advice to Management

    Do not just continue to sell off assets to make money. Run the organization like you are actually trying to run an organization.


  6. Helpful (1)

    We all learn together

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Port of Oakland as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of work for anyone who'd like to optimize procedures

    Cons

    Nobody have been trained to the "new software" installed in 2009... we all discover new / odd things everyday.



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