Washington DC Government

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Washington DC Government Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
75 Reviews
3.0
75 Reviews
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Vincent C. Gray
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The best thing here is job security (in 7 reviews)

  • High call volume, interesting work environment (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Small office and a lot of work to do for a small amount of people (in 2 reviews)

  • Did not provide good subpport to line staff (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It was a good work experience.

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Washington DC Government full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good training, friendly work environment, nice benefits.

    Cons

    Qualifications don't always equal job positioning, politics play part in most promotions and professionalism is lacking in some upper management positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Constant changes in philosophy definitely lower morale of overall staff.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Experience that lasts a lifetime

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    Current Employee - General Counsel  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - General Counsel in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Washington DC Government full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Jobs are fairly stable, the city and government are prospering and the work is rewarding. Much of your experience will depend on where you work. Management and experiences are widely different if you are working for the Council, Mayor, police department or Department of Public Works.

    Cons

    The politics keep changing, and your position may be affected for better or worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. The outlook has never been better in the city

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall experience was ok, but definitely had it's drawbacks.

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Washington DC Government full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, invested training options to increase productivity and marketibility.

    Cons

    Constant turnover in upper level management causing various ideas for progression within divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you hire people to think outside the box and then revert back to old ways of thinking it does not benefit the organization.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience but not so challenging work.

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    Former Employee - Outreach Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Outreach Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Washington DC Government as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunity to help out in the community and be a valuable resource and advocate for local African community.
    Fulfilling work.
    Office literally runs on interns! Great opportunity to meet and work with different people from all over Africa.

    Cons

    Internship is unpaid.
    Amount of activity depends on upcoming events and activities. May be underutilized or left to do unchallenging work if the office is going through a slow period.
    I noticed a bit of distance between the management and the interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should work at showing more appreciation for interns.
    There should also be a conscious effort to bridge the awkwardness between interns and management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good job if you like the city

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    Former Employee - Firefighter Paramedic  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Firefighter Paramedic in Washington, DC

    I worked at Washington DC Government full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High call volume, interesting work environment

    Cons

    Traffic, just a cog in the wheel

    Recommends
  7.  

    So much potential, but yet to be realized

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    Current Employee - Chief Performance Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief Performance Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Washington DC Government full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is a great deal of opportunity for talented individuals to advance within the DC Government. There are also many opportunities to experience things in a more comprehensive, yet compressed fashion than in the private sector. I think that working in DC Government is a great segue for consulting. Great working environment and good for relationship building.

    Cons

    Unstable leadership, lack of overall vision and strategic direction, no real focus on bottom lines. Sometimes, it can be difficult and frustrating to navigate through egos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on professional development and investing in staff that show potential and promise. Figure out more effective ways to recruit and retain high quality talent that who is actually vested in the organization's mission. Communicate better and figure out ways to eliminate redundancy and not operate in silos.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Inexperienced Management

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    Former Employee - Administrative Law Judge  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Law Judge in Washington, DC

    I worked at Washington DC Government full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Job security and benefits with regular hours

    Cons

    Management interfers in legal decisions with politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not sabotage legal determinations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington DC Government

    Pros

    You learn a lot about DC politics

    Cons

    more politics than you want

  10.  

    DC government

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington DC Government full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I can't think of too many pros

    Cons

    Entirely too much micro management and bureaucracy

    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    DCHR's leadership is uniquely incompetent and/or inexperienced in the areas they manage. It's politics & who you know.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington DC Government

    Pros

    The non-managers in benefits and training are professional and hardworking.
    I like my office has a nice window.
    Decent benefits compared to small companies.

    Cons

    Bad judgement, CYA action , and no professional depth means lots and lots of money is thrown away.
    A few managers are dishonest about what they say to their employees in private. One manager always lies to cover mistakes. There is a lot of underhanded doings and manager's managers aren't experienced enough to know when they are being fooled or when bad decisions are made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide employees with opportunity to voice their thoughts without fear of it coming back to them. Value true knowledge in specific HR areas. Open your eyes - some of your managers are not what they seem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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