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Berkeley Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2019

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Found 35 reviews

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Tom Bates
9 Ratings
  1. "Lifeguard/ Swim instructor"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Berkeley part-time

      Pros

      Fun working environment, great people, good hours

      Cons

      not enough management, patrons can be really mean and demanding

      Berkeley2019-04-22
    • "Super interesting people job with lots of opportunities"

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      Former Employee - Police Officer 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Berkeley full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Good pay. Great benefits. Very divers co-workers and citizens.

      Cons

      Ultra liberal very political environment. Oftentimes optics are more important than doing the right thing.

      Advice to Management

      Lead by example not rank has it's privilege.

      Berkeley2019-03-30
    • "Do not work here!"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Berkeley full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Pay and benefits are above average.

      Cons

      This is a toxic and non supportive environment. Management is negative and critical of everyone including city staff, City Council and the public at large. Staff in the in-crowd clicks brown nose and gossip with management to gain favor. Not a good place to work.

      Advice to Management

      The City Council and City Manager should look at rates of staff turn over in each department as an indication of the ineptitude of the Department Head. It represents a failure in leadership not marked forces.

      Berkeley2019-04-19
    • "Great Place to Work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Berkeley full-time

      Pros

      Amazing benefits and decent pay. Get to work with a great group of friendly people. steady work and your job is very secure.

      Cons

      Management took too much personal liberty in hiring and promotions and interview panel was extremely biased. the work place culture was laid back and tends to degrade one's work ethic.

      Advice to Management

      Communicate more with your staff. be more transparent about the issues that affect them. Listen to what they have to say, even if it becomes a gripe fest

      Berkeley2019-02-16
    • "Fine Job for Unpaid Internship"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Berkeley

        Pros

        flexible hours, get to do lots of things

        Cons

        lack of pay, heavy work

        Berkeley2018-12-08
      • "Toxic Culture"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at Berkeley full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        good pay, great benefits, close to downtown berkeley

        Cons

        toxic culture, strict hierarchy, lots of management w/ no competency

        Berkeley2018-07-04
      • Helpful (1)

        "Lacks leadership, employees disgruntled"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook

        I worked at Berkeley full-time

        Pros

        Close to public transportation, benefits

        Cons

        No communication from management. Upper mgmt concerned with their own salary rather than providing raises. Employees are not happy in many depts. Slow processes and systems. Senior employees like to micromanage.

        Advice to Management

        Provide training to new employees. Ask employees how dept can run efficiently.

        Berkeley2018-02-11
      • "Great place to work"

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        Current Employee - Assistant City Attorney in San Francisco, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Berkeley full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Very good job security and stability

        Cons

        Promotional opportunities are hard to come by

        Advice to Management

        give more promotional opportunities

        Berkeley2018-01-05
      • "Great opportunity for Berkeley Students"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Berkeley part-time

        Pros

        Great employees, management really made sure their employees were comfortable wherever we were placed

        Cons

        Total work hours a week was 15 for 10.50

        Advice to Management

        Maybe make more hours for students to work

        Berkeley2017-11-09
      • "Management"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook

        I worked at Berkeley full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        Great benefits. Good people.

        Cons

        Politics. Learned quickly that politics run the City.

        Advice to Management

        Think about the people who work for the City as much as the people who vote there.

        Berkeley2017-10-12
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