I have been working at City of Palo Alto, CA full-time (More than 3 years)
The people that work here are amazing. The benefits are good. They leverage new technologies to make the work environment fun, engaging, and efficient.
Change is a very slow process and sometimes frustrating. Decisions are made only by upper management and staff cannot be trusted in their view. If you have an idea to make something more efficient, your idea will not be heard.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at City of Palo Alto, CA (Palo Alto, CA).
Typically your interview will be with a panel of 3-4 staff, including an HR person. The staff can be somewhat reserved but for the most part they are all very down-to-earth people. As with many positions, be yourself and do your homework online to know what the City requires for that position.
Minimal due to locked in union wages, although the level you are brought in can be negotiated.
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