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  1.  

    Great place to intern or work long term

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    Former Intern - Data Analyst in San Mateo, CA
    Former Intern - 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
  2.  

    Great place to learn the basics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Deputy Coroner in San Mateo, CA
    Current Intern - Deputy Coroner in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County as an intern (less than a 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
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    Disastrous leadership in Human Services Agency

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovation minded candidates need not apply

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    Former Employee - Employment Services Specialist in Belmont, CA
    Former Employee - Employment Services Specialist in Belmont, CA

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

    Pros

    Government Job with defined lifetime benefit compensation pension plan. If you don't mind repetitive work environment that requires little mental fortitude this is your place. If you are looking for a non-dynamic work environment with the stability of an aircraft carrier in a calm sea this your place. The civil service employment process allows non-degree applicants access to obtain a living wage.

    Cons

    They haven't had a raise in 8 years! Career mobility based on favoritism not talent. I would describe the majority of employees as good people who care about those in need of a temporary hand-up to get back on their feet. In these lean economic times many middle class families found themselves in a vulnerable economic situations and HSA was there to help. You may not get the comparable private sector wage but it pays more then most non-profits and you derive a great since of satisfaction from assisting others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge yourself to be innovative and design implement programs and processes that have a positive measurable impact upon long-term poverty in the Bay Area. Just dulling out standardized aid payments is better than no safety net but I think society would benefit more from a safety trampoline that allows you to spring forward and upward more quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Constant changing culture, some for the better, some for the worst.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, stable work

    Cons

    Low staffing causing others to become overworked, unfavorable working conditions. Very high stress environment.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Civil Service Interview

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 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 (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

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