Port of Seattle

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Port of Seattle Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
22 Reviews
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Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani
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  1.  

    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to work, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Going through significant organizational change right now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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 for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great mission, poor development.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Port of Seattle full-time for more than 8 years

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company values, great office culture.

    Cons

    work-life balance is out of balance

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoy working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Port of Seattle

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Craft policies that help employees embrace change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Member of the annual Refresh Team. (Hardware Upgrade Team)

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

    I worked at Port of Seattle as a contractor for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ever fewer reasons to stay...

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are some wonderful people that work in the organization. They want to be effective and do well. There is generally a good work/life balance. While not limited to 40 hours/week in upper positions, success does not require regular nights and weekends. Benefits were excellent but have been consistently eroded over the past several years. A pension through the state is still offered. Health benefits are probably a little better than average currently, but don't expect that to persist.

    Cons

    The organization is increasingly political. The culture is process-driven and rule-based. It is difficult for even well-meaning employees to deliver success, because the organization seems incapable of defining it. When defined, the process and rules frequently make even the simplest task daunting. While giving lip service to caring about employees, senior management is often either blind or apathetic to employee concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics. Courageously determine a direction (and stick to it). Minimize obstacles and empower employees to succeed. Focus on a few more carrots and lot less sticks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    MILITARY FRIENDLY

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    Former Employee - Veteran Fellow-Purchasing & Inventory Specialist  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Veteran Fellow-Purchasing & Inventory Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Port of Seattle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Port of Seattle Veteran Fellowship program offers a great temporary job for Veterans transitioning out of the military.

    Cons

    No guarantee for Veteran Fellow landing a permanent employment afterwards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, great work/life balance, interesting

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Port of Seattle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting, diverse place to work, fair pay and benefits, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Quasi-governmental, so things sometimes progress slower than in corporations, sometimes tight budgets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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