Port of Seattle Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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  1. Good pay and benefits. Very segmented operation and internal competition within units.

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    Former Employee - Financial Reporting and Controls Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Financial Reporting and Controls Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Port of Seattle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay. Benefits. Great location of the HQ. Free parking! Technology. Competent co-workers and management.

    Cons

    Complex organization that operates in silos. Competition amongst units. Too worried of optics externally to public, and internally to new CEO and other. Inefficient. Not transparent.

  2. Good stable company with new CEO - not sure what's next

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    Current Employee - Learning Professional in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Learning Professional in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Port of Seattle

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting operations, good benefits, but lots of change coming

    Cons

    Most people come to the Port and stay for a long time. This can create some stale, frustrating working situations.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable, find a way to either coach or get rid of dead weight employees

  3. It's fine

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    Current Employee - Corporate Division in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Corporate Division in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Port of Seattle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Management refuses to recognize opportunities to improve

    Advice to Management

    Focus on identifying improvement opportunities. Stop promoting people without any management or leadership skills.

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  5. Port of Seattle - great place overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Going through significant organizational change right now.

  6. Good environment and great people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Port of Seattle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Port has an amazing benefits package that includes retirement. All employees are given FREE parking at Port properties (yes, including vacation parking at the airport). The Port takes pride in being an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuality. There is even a Veteran's program to assist service members in finding employment. The people I worked with and worked for were all very amazing people; I made a lot of friends working here.

    Cons

    Whenever it was time to cut costs and save money on the budget, I felt like the I.T. department was always at the front of the chopping block. I wasn't in charge of the budget, and all that cost analysis stuff isn't my forte'; but it felt like we constantly had to prove day in and day out why our jobs were important.

    Advice to Management

    Great job! Don't pinch pennies on I.T.!

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great mission, poor development.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Port has great benefits and flexibility; work demands and culture are also good.

    Cons

    Not a lot of development within my department. Pay is average.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Port of Seattle employees are high performers in a high performance organization.

    Current Employee - Senior Manager Service Agreements in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Service Agreements in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great company values, great office culture.

    Cons

    work-life balance is out of balance

  9. Helpful (1)

    I enjoy working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Port of Seattle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart, talented employees. I feel that I work with the "cream of the crop".

    Cons

    has a culture that is not comfortable with change. efficiency is not a priority

    Advice to Management

    Craft policies that help employees embrace change.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Difficult Corporate/Government Hybrid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Port of Seattle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Compensation levels are good for the public sector, with nice bus and parking benefits and nice offices. Some competent employees who are good people. Some departments are better to work in than others.

    Cons

    Political and rigid environment. Stated values not reflected in day to day operations or decisions. Very difficult to get things done or make changes. Conflict between staff/management and commissioners. Managers see themselves as running a for-profit business rather than operating a government agency or stewarding community infrastructure. Some employees have to work very hard and some barely have to do anything.

  11. Member of the annual Refresh Team. (Hardware Upgrade Team)

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    Former Contractor - Refresh Team Member in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Refresh Team Member in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Port of Seattle as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A large IT Department, which consisted of people from different backgrounds. If I had questions or curiosities in any area I had the opportunity to talk face to face with people that had real world knowledge in that area(vmWare, SQL, Cisco, Developers, Engineers). I gained a lot of knowledge working at the Port of Seattle.

    Cons

    The corporate bureaucracy made it difficult to get IT projects done in a timely fashion.

    Advice to Management

    Push for IT projects that will increase productivity, and energize the department.

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