Sarasota County Government Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Public Information Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sarasota County Government

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The work culture at Sarasota County Government is professional, creative and encouraging. Recognition of work-life balance is openly encouraged and teamwork is a foundation upon which the leadership bases its direction to staff. Benefits, from paid vacation to health insurance are superior to most private sector companies. Excellent training opportunities.

    Cons

    Multiple layers of management can impede the process of decision making. Occasional lack of accountability for substandard levels of performance can deteriorate employee moral. Public sector pay is less than private sector, however better benefits can compensate for this.

    Advice to Management

    Sarasota County has one of the best reputations in the state of Florida as a great place to work. That reputation has increasingly come under fire in recent years as rumors of favoritism and manipulation by management to the detriment of staff they don't like has hurt employee moral. Managers seek to "document" every move, decision or comment an employee makes for the purpose of using that against the employee if they decide they no longer want them.

  2. Good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Help Desk Support/Network Support in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Help Desk Support/Network Support in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at Sarasota County Government full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good leadership. Good Work Hours.

    Cons

    No personal Growth. They can move you around for diffrent job. When you don't perform because no tranning they will fire you.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide good tranning when you move people around to give them opportunities to leard about new job and let them be succ.

  3. Great working experience

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

    I worked at Sarasota County Government

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Management was very good to work
    Supported continuing education
    great work life balence

    Cons

    several re-organization during employment

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  5. No true career path

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

    I have been working at Sarasota County Government (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I'm getting insurance and the provide a little into a retirement plan (at the present)

    Cons

    No true career path, communication is bad from supervisors and management and they can be micro-managers.

    Advice to Management

    Practice the career advancement policies you preach.

  6. Currently employed for 10+ years. Very nice work atmosphere.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at Sarasota County Government full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very fare. Benefits are good compared to local private companies. Positive and friendly staff.

    Cons

    Lacking salary increases. Politics. Job security.

    Advice to Management

    Lead, not manage. Provide the appropriate resources for your employees to perform at their best. Research more on your individual teams to understand their necessities to get the job done.

  7. Helpful (1)

    look before you jump

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

    I have been working at Sarasota County Government full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    no shortage of challenging obstacles to overcome. Pay is better than average for Sarasota jobs currently. Benefits are o.k. , Maximo asset management and maintenance software is great. Too bad it isn't used in more departments. Information hotline is also very helpful.

    Cons

    Expectations are high but effective, constructive leadership on a daily basis is missing and while accountability receives much lip service there is more of a tendency to find fault and assign blame than there is to work together to find solutions that are realistic and pragmatic. Administration is plagued with unresponsive kingdom builders and some departments remain entrenched in political gridlock that prevents substantial progress. Sunshine laws that are supposed to promote transparency, have created more problems than they have solved. CYA is given priority over taking action and making strides to reverse former mistakes. Expect to work longer hours if you're salaried. Fear of job loss is epidemic and morale is measured in relative terms. If you are management also expect to spend much time traveling around the county to various spread-out locations.

    Advice to Management

    If you under-fund a department that is already struggling it will only find so much efficiency before it goes into a decline that is passed onto the community it is trying to serve. Vendors are built in waste unless there is sufficient informed, oversight which there is not. Staff are overworked and vendor inspections are not a priority. Low bid equals low expectations and requires oversight. Process building is only starting in some departments. As processes are implemented that improve communication between departments efficiency will be realized. But patience is necessary as those processes are built and adopted. Meetings need to start on time when there are so many to coordinate.

  8. Helpful (2)

    office

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerk in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Clerk in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at Sarasota County Government full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Other employees, rewarding work, some benefits

    Cons

    no pay raises for 5 years, benefits dwindling, management has no clue on the lowness of moral or what communications are really important, too political

    Advice to Management

    step back and take a truthful look at the state of things

  9. Helpful (2)

    Challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at Sarasota County Government full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits (although more and more are being taken away)

    Cons

    Dealing with forever shifting processes.
    Dealing with external customers that think they own you (employ us:yes - own us:NO).
    Pressure to constantly manage more responsibilities beyond expertise and then blame them when things go wrong.
    Finger pointing
    Unequal effort across business centers

    Advice to Management

    Outsource procurement
    Either cut programs and services or increase staff.
    Cut out money wasting ventures and either reduce taxes or add staff.

  10. Fair employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at Sarasota County Government

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Like most local governments, they do everything and are very progressive and strategic in their thinking.

    Cons

    Hard to witness some of the waste that still goes on - like most governments though.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back Operational Excellence

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