San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

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Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Assistant Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Public Utilities Commission full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stability, Variety of work within a large organization, Multitude of Projects, Job is what you make of it - Go getters will have lots of rewards

    Cons

    Dead weight, bureacracy, as with any large organization


  2. Progressive environmental policies and goals however as a government agency implementing change is slow and challenging.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Water Resources Program Manager
    Current Employee - Water Resources Program Manager

    I have been working at San Francisco Public Utilities Commission full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Program managers have the freedom use creative strategies and tools to accomplish goals, however the work has to be within the confinement of a City agency.

    Cons

    Wages are low compared to the excellence in service employees are expected to provide. There are a lot of expectations for employees but no pathways for pay increases and limited career advancement.


  3. 9922

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

    Pros

    Paid well, constant, everyone in each department were friendly, insight on how the government works, great location in the city and simple work.

    Cons

    I did the same thing every single day until I completed my hours and I was able to extend my employment to about 10 months. There was no room for growth unless you take the test and meet the requirements for a full-time position.

    Advice to Management

    Provided more networking events for the Public Service Aide program.


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  5. Its amazing.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

    Pros

    People are friendly. The building is nice and still pretty new. I enjoy it here.

    Cons

    Getting moved a lot. I've been here for only 5 months and I've been moving back and forth over 5xs working in many sites to provide service


  6. Helpful (2)

    I have had a good experience working for this company, and have learned a broad array of job functions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Administrative Analyst in Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Administrative Analyst in Burlingame, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Public Utilities Commission full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Being able to learn several different job functions to develop multiple skills and get a clear sense of a more defined career path to pursue

    Cons

    You can be stuck in a job classification for a long time and get bored. Moving up can be extremely difficult and will take a long time

    Advice to Management

    Plan your budgetary requests for new positions far in advance so that job slots are created to promote, and keep, your people.


  7. Pay is decent and benefits are great

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Electrical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Electrical Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Public Utilities Commission full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Low stress, get to go to development training without resistance, people are very friendly...

    Cons

    Many projects seem to last way too long because of bureaucracy, control is out of your hands much of the time...


  8. Helpful (1)

    Poor Leadership

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resource Personnel in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resource Personnel in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Public Utilities Commission full-time (More than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are decent

    Cons

    Management displays poor leadership; does not hold directors/supervisors accountable for low departmental morale; directors do not speak to employees, favoritism (typically towards those who perform the least amount of work); those in positions to effectuate change with under performing managers do not do anything and allows the mistreatment of staff that they are fully aware of. No career growth; exempt staff are expected to clock in and out the same as hourly staff.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees, hold management accountable, and pay attention when there is a high turnover in a department because the employees are leaving because of poor management and not necessarily better work opportunities.


  9. Great people, but bureaucratic and siloed

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

    I have been working at San Francisco Public Utilities Commission full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I love most of my colleagues. I work with smart, friendly, helpful people who I'm interested in knowing both in the office and out. The organization, especially my dept., the Power Enterprise, is growing and changing. This creates room for being a positive part of the change in a public service agency, something I value.

    Cons

    Upper management can be frustrating and opaque. A lot of hurry-up-and-finish a project that's never seen again. Shifting city politics and public money lead to risk-aversion and sudden about-faces in policy.

    Advice to Management

    The enforcement of hierarchy and discouragement of communication across levels/groups/departments is de-motivating. I do not do my best work when I don't understand the reasoning behind my tasks, the work of my colleagues, our department, or the organization as whole. Increase and encourage communication, listen to your employees more.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Dreadful, humiliating, dysfunctional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

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

    Pros

    The work itself can be interesting at times.

    Cons

    Employees are ridiculed and humiliated in front of everyone. Very severe micromanaging to the point where no work gets done on time. Staff members turn on each other to avoid lashings. Difficult to work as a team and complete assignments due to the micromanaging and constant fear of ridicule.

    Advice to Management

    Management should seek training to learn more modern and effective techniques in addition to some anger management and team building.


  11. Good learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Much learning opportunity.

    Cons

    No formal training given to entree level engineers and interns.



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