San Mateo County Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
23 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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    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.  

    I enjoyed my job very much while I worked for San Mateo County and I only left due to a move out of the area.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Mateo County

    Pros

    I enjoyed all of the staff that I worked with and though I am now retired, I still go back from time to time to visit my former co-workers.

    Cons

    My only complaint during my time with San Mateo County was when a person was promoted to supervise my unit, but the person was very incompetent as a supervisor and did not have any "people skills". This person eventually retired from the county within a year of her being promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    San Mateo County management should be concerned that people in positions as supervisors or office managers have the skills to work well with people. It makes it very difficult for clerical staff when their supervisor/office manager does not show respect for staff or appreciation for work performed.

    Recommends
  3.  

    San Mateo County Elections Div.

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    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 for 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

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    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to intern or work long term

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    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
  6.  

    It was wonderful and I was sorry my contract was up.

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    Former Employee - Scanning Tech  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Scanning Tech in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at San Mateo County part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people, they were always willing to help you and show you knew ways to learn other assignments.

    Cons

    None it was a great place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, I had great managers

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Health Policy Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Mateo County

    Pros

    A very Open environment, a good starting point for college students.

    Cons

    The work environment is not fantastic and sometimes your supervisor is not in contact with you for the entire duration of the internship. I know others had better experiences so this may be case-by-case.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Civil Service Interview

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Mateo County as a contractor

    Pros

    The mini orientation in before the interview is very informative. Fair interview process. You get a response whether you get the position or not. Everyone is friendly in the Office

    Cons

    You have to be on the eligibility list in order to get a full time job. Many people stay with the county for a long time so it takes a while to promote.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Construction Management

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    Current Employee - Construction Project Manager  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Construction Project Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time

    Pros

    As a construction manager, you don't have jobs outside of the County.

    Cons

    This is government work and things don't get done too timely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good experience, but currently having trouble making prudent decisions and long-term investments in employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Retirement, location, benefits, competitive salaries. Great for work life balance and families.

    Cons

    Succession planning is preached but not typically adhered to. Lots of outside hires while at the same time laying off quality employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    San Mateo County has good job opportunities with equal opportunity compliance. Contribute to community quality.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County

    Pros

    Ongoing opportunities for advancement, continuing education both internally and within the CA Community and state college systems, with union representation, good benefits and retirement planning. Have been able to develop technical and administration skills while serving the local community.

    Management has shown great foresight in fiscal planning to prepare for economic downturns, but the State has taken the escrow accounts that were in place for resources and programs. They have still shown great restraint in reducing personnel, preferring to relocate personnel or offering downgraded positions. Must function within SEIU guidelines.

    Cons

    Salaries are a below private sector. Offices and grounds in some areas are substandard, old and in need of repair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to keep the needs of the community and your employees forefront in your long-term planning. You have made San Mateo County proud of the services you provide.

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