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Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Reviews

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  1. "Good place to get work experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Martinez, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Martinez, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The senior really gives you low priority engineering projects to work on, unlike some companies just give you busywork.

    Cons

    It seems very hard to land a full time job with them even though you have great achievement with them.

    Advice to Management

    The lunch room for the engineers is too small.


  2. "What I saw as a summer student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great purpose and values. The world needs water, and needs it to be cleaned.

    Cons

    bureaucracy, once you get in your job is safe, because of the nature of utilities the security breeds complacency.


  3. "It's all what you make of it"

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    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District full-time

    Pros

    - Newer executive team, strong leadership, organization is heading in the right direction
    - Great opportunities for growth if you get after it
    - Special district with ideal revenue stream means budgets are not cut due to funding gaps (e.g. county revenue)

    Cons

    - Too much job security causes complacency in some, particularly non-professionals
    - Elected Board micro manages staff though it's an issue that's being improved

    Advice to Management

    - Trust the capabilities of your staff and encourage professional growth and accountability


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  5. "Engineering Co-op"

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    Former Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Martinez, CA
    Former Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Martinez, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Varied projects, excellent staff, progressive philosophy

    Cons

    I would have enjoyed working with other departments for a more varied experience

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (1)

    "An old-fashioned place to make a career"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Martinez, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Martinez, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, no pressure to work overtime or long hours.

    Cons

    Monotonous work, dreary environment, lackluster IT.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "very mixed experience because of uneven leadership"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Martinez, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Martinez, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    one of the old style agencies with good salaries and full benefits. Benefits include pension, full health, 401 in lieu of social security, wellness program, and an optional 457 deferred comp. They are a special district, and so not being state or county has advantages. Many workers work flex schedules when they can be accommodated. There are bargaining groups for all but the highest managers. Workers can gain retirement medical after 10 years service and reaching age 55. The retirement formula is 2%@55, equivalent to 2.5%@55 or better if a worker takes advantage of spiking rules (vacation sellback etc). Some positions pay a 5% bonus for a PE or CPA.

    Cons

    Opportunities and fairness are uneven throughout the District. They are about to see substantial attrition through retirements, and their governing Board is incompetent, refusing to raise rates while incurring what is now ~ $100 million unfunded liability. Several longtime managers are also useless, with a ripple effect moving down from them. Sometimes management makes moves like moving chess pieces around, ignoring fairness and the right thing to do. The current contract expires Spring 2012, and at least one Board member has pledged to eliminate all pension spiking at that time. There can be limited opportunity for promotion due to older workers with long service. They try to add new "Tiers" every negotiation, with less benefits for each new Tier.

    Advice to Management

    Management skills are lacking in several high positions - some have little to no leadership skills, and I know of several examples of incompetence that have never been addressed. Make sure deserving workers are rewarded, and don't cowtow to your Board, they are running the District into the ground with unfunded liabilities and no rate increases.