Port of San Diego

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Port of San Diego Reviews

Updated June 4, 2014
Updated June 4, 2014
9 Reviews

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9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Positive government work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of different projects. People stay for a long time.

    Cons

    Felt the budget cuts. My position was cut due to it. As an intern spent a lot of time twiddling my thumbs. Didn't seem like there was much room for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maritime Trade Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Maritime Trade Intern in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    The Port is an amazing organization to work for.. People will sit on their job though making, getting your foot in the door almost impossible

    Cons

    People sit on their jobs for 20 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    On a ship that is going nowhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits; great employees; café located in the building; free parking; close to airport; close to the water, for the days when you just have to step away.

    Cons

    Upper and middle management does not listen to line staff input, unless you are one of the favorites; Management does not utilize the skills or education of valuable, key members of staff; it does not pay well for the cost to live in San Diego; it is very hard to promote up unless you are favored by management; Senior management has no idea what is going on at the line level, which allows middle management to run while with BS idea's that go nowhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training an organization that has no directional alignment throughout is senseless. My advice to management is to find a unified direction that would not only increase financial growth but improve moral. Once you accomplish that task, spend as much time as you need to get everyone on the same page. The top down management style, has severely failed at this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Outstanding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maritime Operations  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Maritime Operations in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    everything. Everyone want to work here

    Cons

    People will never leave their jobs. they just sit on them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great city but very less salary according to the cost of living

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Upper management listen to employees. they take action on that.
    Nice city to live.
    Good on site training for employee's personnel and communication growth.

    Cons

    Very less salary(based on cost of living of that city)
    Promotion based on buttering.
    Immediate manager is stuck on what he wants/ideas...even though you will have good direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary should be better at least based on the employee's performance.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical Government Operation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with, they're competent, friendly and helpful. The location is good, close to everything. CEO is putting the Port on the map.

    Cons

    Promotions are difficult to come by, people don't leave their comfy government jobs. The people that have been promoted were promoted because they are likable not capable, which is unfortunate. Senior management doesn't know what is going on in their departments, everyone is scared of the Board. The CEO needs to have someone focus on the internal issues to the same degree he is focusing on the external PR campaign. there are unhappy departments and people at the Port.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If supervisors, managers and directors aren't doing their job, get rid of them. Do not continue to employee mediocre management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Stressful work place that does not seem to care about their employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Services/Procurement  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - General Services/Procurement in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Cant really think of anything..

    Cons

    They keep restructuring the outfit to put more money in their pocket and never give back or think about the good people that actually make this place. Still to many bad employee's here, but that's what they seem to like. They are going to out source a lot of jobs coming up! Poor business but yet they spend money on things they don't need. Culture and values are in the toilet anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You just don't care unless your in the elite group of higher management. Its a shame that it has come to this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Services/Procurement  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - General Services/Procurement in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Working at / on property by the water is enjoyable, Some of the people are very nice, They do pay for any school course that you might take, They give you good benefits not found else where, Enjoy the public contact.

    Cons

    The bad employee's out way the good, "taking advantage of what the have to offer", To afraid to deal with a bad employee one on one, Upper management does not seem to listen, To many chiefs, Never seen so much back stabbing as I have seen here, Always downsizing the low man but they seem to never get rid and/or adjust all the high paying jobs, Supervisor's telling good workers to stop working hard and slow down because they are making the bad/lazy employee's mad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start to care about "all" aspects of every positions and not just the top paid! Open your ears and listen because a lot of people have great ideas! Give more to the low end of the business as that is one of your main foundations, don't forget that! Please deal with the bad employee's one on one and not the "BLANKET" effect! Stop treating good employee's bad! To much to list etc...

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

    Pleasant Co-workers, Good Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Convenient location-great commute
    Free parking or subsidized bus pass
    Free parking and shuttle for employees who use the airport (business or personal)
    Pleasant, polite employees
    Fairly Modern office equipment
    Education Subsidy
    On-site Education and personal growth opportunities

    Cons

    Clerical staff is regarded as inferior to "college-educated" staff and not fully immersed in the team. They are frequently left out of the loop or assigned multiple "rush" jobs by team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management has been working to correct this problem for 5 years and every year the employees are polled and the results are charted. The corporate culture is slowly improving. My dissatisfaction, I believe, was the result of not having worked for a government agency before. I prefer to soar with the eagles and in gov't work, they just won't let you do that. For profit companies don't care how low your pay or education level is, if you can do the job, they'll pile it on. But people who work at for profit companies have to meet their deadlines or they'll be dismissed. The people I worked for were generous with gifts and cards and certificates of appreciation. I would have preferred just feeling that they trusted me to make them look good.

    Approves of CEO

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