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Santa Monica, CA
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City of Santa Monica California City Manager Rick Cole
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  • "Great benefits, very political"

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Santa Monica, CA
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    I worked at City of Santa Monica California full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a city employee you have access to really fantastic benefits. My pay was fairly high and I loved being on a 9/10 schedule. (This means that you work 10 hour days for 9 days then receive every other Friday off.)

    Cons

    The agency I worked for was highly politicized. And while that was interesting on occasion, it also proved incredibly frustrating when it meant that some of our decisions or guidance seen as slanted.

    I was also uneasy about the little attention paid to ensure staff safety. City Hall is by it's nature open to the public which mean that every once in a while a seriously deranged person would walk in and cause a disturbance.

    Advice to Management

    Offer regular training of what to do in a crisis and offer it employee wide. Create better ties with the police department to improve their response time. Although their headquarters was just across the street, it could take a long time to see an officer if you pressed the panic button to call for help.

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City of Santa Monica California Interviews

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    Police Records Technician Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at City of Santa Monica California (Santa Monica, CA).

    Interview

    Do not even bother wasting your time, they already know who they are hiring before you even apply or take the first test. First you do a written test, then a computer test, then an interview to get on a list, then final round. But they also use employment agency's, despite having their own HR department violating the "merit rules" because the employment agency applicants, do all the steps in one day, and then are offered the job the same day. While the rest of us waste months and take time off work to complete all the steps. City of Santa Monica is a haven for the people who have family members or friends who work there, they are offered insane salaries for jobs that a robot could do. The only way to get in, is to know someone and their whole "official recruitment" is just for show, to "comply" with state law.

    Interview Questions

    • How has your experience and education prepared you for this position?
      What would you do if you found a dollar bill on the ground in the stock room?
      Describe an experience when you were helping an irate customer, how did you handle it?
      What would you do if a friend was in a car accident and asked you to look up the information about the other car involved?
      How do you work with people who are chatty and are not happy to be at work?
      Do you have a problem wearing a uniform? are you comfortable working overtime etc.  
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City of Santa Monica California Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012
  • Best Workplaces for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2010

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