I worked at City of Allen - Texas full-time (More than 3 years)
The City of Allen really stands out from other cities as a fantastic place to work. A culture of excellence and caring about the community permeates every level from City Council and City Manager to the Directors and below. Combined with the stability of long-tenured leadership, the City has been able to maintain the camaraderie and small town "feel" even as they've grown past 100,000.
Allen is also unique in the way it has maintained a healthy political culture as it's grown. Even when there's a disagreement about what's best for the community—whether it's among citizens, elected officials, or City Staff—there's always mutual respect precisely because everyone wants what's best for the community. And when the decision is made, everyone rallies around the decision to support its success for the good of the community. As a result, you have a City that is certainly "conservative" in many respects but is also refreshingly progressive in many others. It's no surprise that multiple departments win awards every year.
Having Directors with long tenure can make it difficult for advancement if more junior-level staff outgrow their positions
Advice to Management
Continue putting the community first—it's the secret sauce of what makes Allen great.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at City of Allen - Texas (Allen, TX) in February 2011.
The interview process went pretty quick. The longest part was getting a call after my initial application. I applied in November/early December and was called for a phone screen around January 15th. However, I was offered the role by Feb. 17th. The panel included an Assistant Director, the Fire Chief, a Director, and the HR Director. The questions were average, nothing too hard for someone with experience handling employee relations. At the time, the HR Director had been handling employee relations and she was previously a compensation person, so she had limited experience in that area.
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