I have been working at City of Durham, North Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)
Pay and benefits are fairly standard. City does match up to 4% of salary in additional retirement account beyond the state retirement system. Pretty progressive organization overall as compared to other municipal government jobs. City Manager has made important changes over the past 5+ years that have positioned the city for the future
Many long time employees resistant to change. Aging workforce collides with millennials who don't stick around long. Major overhaul of technology systems needed. IT department is the least innovative imaginable.
Advice to Management
Keep city manager around as long as possible
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at City of Durham, North Carolina (Durham, NC) in March 2017.
Initial on-line application. Second phase was to submit a written assignment. Third phase was interview, which ended up being a group interview with myself and 3 others. Three tasks were given during this session; a self analysis task, team activity, and written administrative challenge.
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