I worked at City of Norfolk (Virginia) full-time (More than 3 years)
The City offers a good work/ life balance and if you are diligent, you can expect to never take work home or work more than 40 hours (depending on your role). It is gratifying to drive through town and see all the projects that you worked on and how people are using them. If you are a driven person, you can make a difference here.
The City of Norfolk has an aging workforce with an "old guard" mentality, and there is resistance to some efficiency measures. Some measures have been recently implemented and have the support of top management, but its hard to get mid-level people on board.
Many have mentioned that they are only still working because the health insurance does not carry over into retirement, otherwise they would start collecting the pension and retire. If you are a millennial, expect to be the default tech support for all the aging boomers who can't figure out how to format a MS Word document or enter their PTO. 20% of the people do 80% of the work.
Advice to Management
You need a pay for performance system! There is little incentive to work hard and contribute as much as possible when everyone gets the same tiny cost of living adjustment and its impossible to fire people who mentally checked out years ago. Also, offer some kind of health insurance to people who voluntarily retire now to get some turn over and fresh ideas on board.
I applied online. I interviewed at City of Norfolk (Virginia) (Norfolk, VA) in August 2016.
Board interview with 3 people. Unnecessary interview as the candidate was being promoted from within. I feel it is a shame to waste time due to policy of opening interview to everyone when they already know who they want to hire.
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