San Mateo County

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San Mateo County Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
25 Reviews
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25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Phenomenal place to work, great employees, horrible union. You must like the outdoors and be in good physical shape.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ranger II
    Current Employee - Ranger II

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time

    Pros

    Working outside in nature, the pay is good, retirement is good, benefits are good. Leadership at my level is good. They are smart people with good common sense.

    Cons

    cleaning bathrooms can be nasty, work is physically demanding. Lots of public interaction and opinions vary so it's not always good interactions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend more time in the field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    10 years working for the county

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Mateo County full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    pension

    dedicated staff

    management is flexible about giving time off

    Cons

    Group Supervisor III's at Camp Glenwood work 10 hour shifts and provide breaks to other line staff but they don't receive a daily break. isn't this illegal?

    over time is frowned upon and flexing is encouraged by most management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is aware of the break issue and decides to not address it because nobody complains.... nobody complains in fear that they will be transferred or it may stunt their ability to move up within the county. just because nobody complains doesn't make it right.

    "needs of the institution" is overplayed...

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay, benefits, and training

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MSW in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - MSW in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at San Mateo County full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, benefits and training opportunities. Cutting edge training opportunities. Culture of diversity. Wonderful clients and support staff. Schedule flexibility.

    Cons

    Some people work very hard, whereas others barely work - and management seems to have difficulty discerning which is which. Kind of the stereotype about working in a county job. Workload was overwhelming in some positions, and lacking in other positions. Management seems to always be in meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many meetings and not enough ability to speak about your actual work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    San Mateo County Elections Div.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Election Technician/Warehouse in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Election Technician/Warehouse in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    very little pressure; great place to work if you don't require supervision; plenty of different tasks to work on so you never get bored

    Cons

    It's only seasonal and they are moving towards all mail ballot voting within 5-6 years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good Stepping Stone

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Child Support Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Child Support Analyst in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at San Mateo County full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Some departments offer flex schedules. Job security and supervisors (not managers) were usually very empathetic and helpful and coworkers were great.

    Cons

    You only get a minimal raise every year and after the 5th one, you can't get any more. Upper management has little to no interest in feedback from line staff and morale is close to nonexistent. Sick time usage is frowned upon, even if excused. Hard to be promoted as most of it is political and based on how well you get along with management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your employees! Listen to their comments and feedack and pay attention to how low the morale is in your departments. Have some sort of team bonding or incentive and decrease the amount of favoritism in the office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Benefits, poor morale

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Department in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Department in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The County Manager's office is really striving to make the County a better place to work. The benefits are good, and the retirement is great. Training is available and highly encouraged.

    Cons

    The office I work in is in a para-military style organization. There is a lot of focus on discipline and towing the line, hence people are afraid to do anything creative or outside of the box. Enthusiasm is dampened by the fear of doing something wrong or being perceived as non-compliant. There is a general attitude of "that's the way we've always done it here."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The values and mission are there -- but management doesn't act congruently. Compassion is one of our stated values, yet Senior Managers do not practice or demonstrate compassion. Integrity is another value, but not all Senior Managers embody this value, and there are a few who lack any integrity. Bullying in all forms should be discouraged and stopped immediately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I learned a lot

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HUC in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - HUC in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at San Mateo County full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and lots of flexibility

    Cons

    TOO heavy at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as PEOPLE, not as second class citizens

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Salaries and good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at San Mateo County full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place o start when your young to get experience

    Cons

    Typical government mico managing, hiring people with in the department to positions they are not trained or qualified for. Lots of nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to intern or work long term

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at San Mateo County as an intern

    Pros

    Excellent working environment, lots to learn on the job

    Cons

    Does not provide sponsorship benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to learn the basics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deputy Coroner in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Deputy Coroner in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good case load for learning

    Cons

    Poor management. Understaffed. On-Call hours every night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your subordinates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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