San Mateo County

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San Mateo County Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
23 Reviews
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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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    • Senior Management
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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.  

    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
  3.  

    Good Stepping Stone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

    Great Benefits, poor morale

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    I learned a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    Good Salaries and good benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Great place to intern or work long term

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    • Senior Management
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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
  9.  

    Great place to learn the basics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scanning Tech in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Scanning Tech in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at San Mateo County part-time (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
  11.  

    Disastrous leadership in Human Services Agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Belmont, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Public service, if you want to help families, vets, kids, then a county job is a good way to reach a lot of people.

    Cons

    Under the most recent director, HSA has slipped from being one of the best to one of the worst. Insiders (family members, sycophants) are promoted above people who are focused on doing their work. Panel interviews are used to undermine civil service procedures and advance applicants who have neither the work history, education nor background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many managers were hired by the outgoing director, so, like her, they don't have degrees or experience in their field, so I guess they should fire themselves or each other, and get some really good consultants, preferably people with experience. Most of the directors at HSA have zero experience in their fields.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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