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Updated March 18, 2017
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Pros
  • There are a lot of genuine, motivated people here, and the work life balance is pretty good (in 3 reviews)

  • great benefits, every legal holiday off (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • RED TAPE and no much room for growth (in 3 reviews)

  • Dealing with all the red-tape and angry constituents coming into the office or calling all day on the phone (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Adminstrative"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Boston full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, every legal holiday off

    Cons

    Attendance policy
    promotion favoritism (who u know)


  2. "Human Resources Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Boston full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many wonderful fellow employees who are a joy to work with. Pension possibilities if one is able to stay with the city for more than 20 years.

    Cons

    Progress is often frustratingly slow due to the bureaucratic red tape that is necessary to get anything approved and implemented. The Mayor's office tends to make its decisions based upon political expediency and public image, rather than common sense and provable need.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the highly educated professionals that you have hired, instead of worrying about the possible impact on the next election. Move on our requests much more quickly instead of having them get buried for months in various reviews.


  3. "If you're emotionally intelligent or sensitive, stay away."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Boston full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are creative and resourceful, there are a lot of opportunities to innovate city services even in an admin role. If you have a thick skin and are sound in health, you'll be fine. This is not a place to the weak hearted or emotionally intelligent.

    Cons

    The management style is very archaic, with a top-down approach and chain of command. While you're signing out of the office to use the bathroom, or relaying messages through a series of people instead of directly, you'll probably be thinking about applying for new jobs over the weekend.

    Advice to Management

    Guys, I know this is all public funded and employee perks can't be extravagant ... but being supportive, friendly, and positive doesn't cost anything. Morale boosting and employee happiness is severely missing - which continues a sad cliche that municipal work is a hopeless career with folks one foot out the door to retirement. You hire bright young minds, but they don't last. Step in the the 21st century please!


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  5. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Boston full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Health Care is the best around

    Cons

    RED TAPE and no much room for growth


  6. "Security"

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    Former Employee - Public Safety Officer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Public Safety Officer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Boston full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good to work for and serve.

    Cons

    Looking for better hours work.


  7. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Boston part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    work to improve education at the core

    Cons

    hard to make large system change

    Advice to Management

    keep working at improvement in student and family lives


  8. "Great place to work, shame about the management"

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    Former Employee - Administration in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administration in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Supportive colleagues
    Opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Human Resources
    Horrendous management
    Insiders club
    Disorganized
    Stuck in the past


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Boston as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will be surrounded by really smart and passionate people. There is a sense of fulfillment and general pride in Boston.

    Cons

    There are ugly and outdated offices for sure. Public sector can be very slow and tedious sometimes and Boston does not escape that.

    Advice to Management

    I'd say just continue doing what you're doing, its a tough job but necessary. Hire more interns into entry level position if you can.


  10. "Police Officer"

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    Current Employee - Police Officer in Hyde Park, MA
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Hyde Park, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Boston full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay verse rest of country.

    Cons

    Very low moral, with current climate. Day to day stress is high. Residency requirement forces officers to live in Boston for 10 years, it is very expensive and makes it uncomfortable for very active officers to frequent certain establishments and areas due to fear of retaliation with family around.

    Advice to Management

    Higher more people or change minimum manning. Forced OT is killing people with families that have childcare issues.


  11. "City government should be made up of constituents, for constituents, doing the work that constituents need done."

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    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boston full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most city workers are smart, talented, and committed to serving city constituents. The administration encourages youth engagement and when they're doing their best work, bringing lots of constituents to the table.

    Cons

    There is no mentoring of new employees; there are --a limited number of -- employees whose positions appear so secure that they do not behave as if they are there to serve.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a mentoring program to bring new employees along.



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