San Francisco Department of Public Health

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Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco Department of Public Health

    Pros

    Wonderful People, Efficient, doing great work in the community

    Cons

    Limited funding for positions, administrative hurdles,

  2. Lack of Common Sense

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco Department of Public Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance and helping those with few places or people they can rely on.

    Cons

    Too many to state. A lack of appreciation for employees who have a lot of knowledge. Favoritism is common & only certain people get promoted. Mostly people who have limited knowledge & are insecure. This results in a lot of employees who just give up on making suggestions because they will either be ignored or retaliated against. In the end, this costs the city money.

    Advice to Management

    If you were smart, you would promote people based on their performance instead of someone who is your favorite. Then when they excel, you look good too!

  3. unfocused goals and expectations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco Department of Public Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are good and the job is flexible.

    Cons

    Lots of politics and an unbelievable amount of complaining

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  5. Underpaid, and hired at level lower than my skills, to perform at skill level.

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    Current Employee - Health Worker in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Health Worker in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Department of Public Health full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, though less positive than when i was hired. The illusive retirement plan, which vests in 5 years at 40 hours per week.

    Cons

    So many. Accessibility for employees is deeply problematic, aforementioned chronic hiring of new employees at lower job classifications, then failing to come through with moves within agencies to compensate. Hostile work environments! For a city that touts itself as being progressive, this is extremely poorly reflected in upper and middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop undervaluing your employees. Start firing higher level employees who abuse their staff.

  6. Best level one trauma hops in Bay Area

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    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Department of Public Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best experience for practice with good benefits and pay

    Cons

    High stress and very challenged place to work

  7. Decent research experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Francisco Department of Public Health

    Pros

    Great Experience, good people to be around

    Cons

    Frustrating limitations and red tape

  8. "As Real as It Gets"

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    Former Employee - E D Eligibility Worker in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - E D Eligibility Worker in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Department of Public Health part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    It was definitely a great place to work!

    Cons

    Not everyone can handle it....

    Advice to Management

    (I'll get back to this one a little later...)

  9. A supportive, cooperative environment where everyone was trying to do their part to help San Franciscans.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Department of Public Health

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Staff is friendly. Work is important. You are a part of a dynamic system that supports the city of San Francisco.

    Cons

    Many projects at once so your focus area might not get due attention all the time -- but that's expected for a department that serves such a large region. Slightly bureaucratic system but not enough to drive you crazy like other places.

  10. A Mixed Bag...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Department of Public Health

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work on interesting projects that can have a real impact and help people. Location is near a BART station and park and weekly farmer's markets. Workers all friendly and welcoming. Some leniency for you to explore projects on a deeper level if you are interesting in pursuing something more challenging.

    Cons

    Sudden budget cuts can lead to near immediate and unexpected job losses, hard to advance, low pay, some lack of respect for people in the lesser job positions. Lots of bureaucracy for most anything you want to do. Not a lot of feedback on work product, easy to get burned out because you work hard and other people may just be doing the bare minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Have more cohesive plans for projects and make sure everyone is on the same page before changing midstream.

  11. Very difficult, but rewarding job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco Department of Public Health full-time

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

    Pros

    Caring, passionate co-workers; helping an under-served population; excellent compensation

    Cons

    Population can be stressful and demanding, administration is bureaucratic

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