Port of San Diego Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Port of San Diego President & CEO Wayne Darbeau
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  1. Expect positive changes with new CEO

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Port of San Diego full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Randa Coniglio will do a great job. Committed employees. Organization has an important mission.

    Cons

    Perceived in region as being siloed. Commissioners sometimes work for their own interests rather than the overall Port mission and get overly involved in projects best left to staff.


  2. Great place to gain experience!

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of San Diego as an intern

    Pros

    The Port has various departments which to work in. People there are generally nice and genuine. There is an alternative work week schedule which is nice when you want to take a long weekend away. They seem to be boosting company moral by having many activities which is nice.

    Cons

    It is bureaucratic like most public agencies. There tends to be a hierarchy in some departments which might just be from the older staff in general.

    Advice to Management

    The senior management is generally older in most departments. They don't work together to achieve best results even though they should.


  3. Disrespectful and Hostile environment

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Port of San Diego as a contractor

    Pros

    Someone of the IT staff really knows what their doing. Some of them truly have hearts.

    Cons

    Unpredictable , Unprofessional , Non Responsive, Very Political, Discrimination and Lack of employee recognition

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management team that they need to treat contractors better. The level of respect for the work that they do is entirely like working I the 1920. Slave like mentality working.


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  5. Positive government work

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Port of San Diego as an intern (Less than a year)

    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.


  6. Amazing Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Maritime Trade Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Maritime Trade Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Port of San Diego full-time (Less than a year)

    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 Management

    Keep it up


  7. Helpful (1)

    On a ship that is going nowhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of San Diego full-time (More than 10 years)

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Outstanding.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Maritime Operations in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Maritime Operations in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Port of San Diego as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    everything. Everyone want to work here

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Port of San Diego full-time

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Typical Government Operation

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Port of San Diego full-time (More than 10 years)

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - General Services/Procurement in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - General Services/Procurement in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of San Diego full-time (More than 5 years)

    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 Management

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



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