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Updated May 14, 2017
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  1. "Trainer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Training Consultant in Fresno, CA
    Former Contractor - Training Consultant in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at City Of Fresno as a contractor

    Pros

    I worked in several divisions. Leadership and management varied widely. Most were dedicated public servants. Pay was fair. Benefits for salaried EEs are good.

    Cons

    Political influence in management. At times, City Council influence overrides professional behavior. In some divisions, lack of management competence is demoralizing.

    Advice to Management

    Develop meaningful prelationships with the EEs doing the work. Develop working relationships with labor organization reps before you find yourself in an oppositional situation.


  2. "Much is expected of the employees, but little support or leadership given to them"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City Of Fresno full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Leadworkers and line workers will probably be some of the best and smartest people you will ever have the privilege and pleasure of working with.

    The work is interesting and you will learn a lot about whatever discipline you choose to work in.

    The City's pension plan has the highest funding ratio in California and one of the five highest in the United States (it's fully funded, a rarity among public pension systems). Contribution rates are reasonable for employees and employer.

    Cons

    Fresno has a "small town" mind-set despite being the 5th or 6th largest city in California. "Politics" can make working in Fresno government a trial of the spirit.

    Fresno's demographics, particularly its low household incomes, low educational achievement, high substance abuse and crime levels, and language barriers can raise the difficulty level of many City jobs.

    Day-to-day treatment of employees is not consistent, both between and within departments. There are a plethora of policies that employees are expected to follow (the Administrative Manual is huge). However, not all those rules are applied to all the workers all the time, and good employees can fall into "gotcha" traps.

    Many City jobs above entry-level are not eligible for overtime pay or comp time, even though the positions are not supervisory or professional. Notwithstanding that, persons in those jobs are required to adhere to start times and other schedule limits.

    There is a tendency for executive-level management (especially in non-safety positions) to fail to support, or stand behind, employees. Relations between executive management and employee organizations are generally poor and sometimes worse. Interest-based bargaining has been consistently rejected by City Labor Relations when contracts are being negotiated. Workers in Unit 2 ("unrepresented management") can, and are, fired at any time--usually without being given any reason why they are being terminated summarily (often after a decade or more of achievement, promotions, and positive performance reviews).

    Executive management does not consistently uphold regulations and policies, especially when political pressure is being applied ("special rules for special people"--something that is not supposed to happen in public administration). This leads to a situation where line staff cannot be effective because they become afraid to give a straight answer, and where the public becomes angry at employees because they feel that they are not being treated fairly and the rules are not being applied consistently.

    The City and its employees do not pay Social Security OASDI (Old Age, Survivor, and Disability Insurance) payroll taxes. While that may sound attractive, the rules of SSA's Windfall Elimination Provision, Government Pension Offset, and federal Disability Insurance programs can severely reduce or obliterate SSA benefits that an employee earned before joining the City, or may earn on future jobs. Once an employee vests in the City pension system--which happens at 4 years 10 months of full-time permanent City employment--bad things start to happen to their federal retirement and disability benefits (refer to SSA Publications Nos. EN-05-10045, EN-05-10007, and EN-05-10029) . The City's online job postings no longer provide this information to applicants, and hearing about it in new employee orientation is too late.

    The health insurance plan is a single-employer trust with a "composite" premium, meaning that an employee with no spouse or dependents will pay the same as an employee with a dozen (or more) dependents. Through successive labor contracts, the City has serially decreased the percentage of monthly insurance premium that it pays, leaving employees on the hook for 20% to 30% of increasingly high premiums (over $1,100 last fiscal year). At least there is a "Section 125" exclusion that allows the employee's share of the premium to be paid with salary not subject to income tax. City retirees have to pay the full premium, and federal law does not allow any "Section 125" exclusion for them.

    Advice to Management

    Know and consistently apply State and City laws and regulations, as well as professional standards. When exceptions are granted, document (in writing) the special circumstances and reasons that justify the exception, and make the information available to line staff so they can uphold fairness standards for the public.

    Your employees are not "the enemy," and they should not be ordered to break the law (even the Municipal Code), kept in the dark, or treated dismissively. They are as much consumers of the product (i.e., government) as any other voter in Fresno.

    The people who always say "yes" and agree with you may not know any more about the issues than you do. When other staff members give you information that doesn't jibe with your ideas or initiatives, they probably are not challenging your authority or resisting change; they are probably risking your displeasure in an effort to keep you and the City out of embarrassing/expensive situations and/or legal proceedings. Hear them out, and be prepared to rationally explain what you don't agree with.

    Outside consultants will not be around in future years to enjoy the consequences of their work--the permanent City employees will have to live with it (you will, too). For that reason, consultant recommendations, plans, etc. should be shared with, and vetted by, the line staff who will have to implement them over the long haul. Change orders are expensive and should be avoided.

    Provide full disclosure to job applicants regarding the implications of not paying Social Security OASDI taxes, and make information on City health insurance, retirement etc. accessible without hours of online searching and "bad links."


  3. "Great job, poor management."

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    Former Employee - Bus Operator in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Bus Operator in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City Of Fresno (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you love working with the public and driving a bus... Pay is great, Benefits are great, plenty overtime if you want it... (a lot if you don't want it)

    Cons

    Strong disconnect between Management and drivers. Management seems to be distant from the drivers... Some drivers have came up with great ideas and management chose not to listen.

    Advice to Management

    Management really needs to be a part of the team. There is such a huge division between the drivers and the management. Align yourself more with the drivers and less with yourselves.


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  5. "It's Govt what do you expect..."

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    Current Employee - Utility Service Representative II in Clovis, CA
    Current Employee - Utility Service Representative II in Clovis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at City Of Fresno full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co workers making the best of a poor situation. Upbeat and sincerely interested in providing quality services to the public.

    Cons

    It's govt with all the red tape and misguided bureaucracy. Inter departmental cooperation is not always promoted. Top down management style suppresses innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop!! We have enough regulations and policies. Trust you employees and listen to them. Remember the employees have families when negotiating our benefits.


  6. "Politics more important than common sense"

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    Former Employee - Director in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Fresno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Overall good people work at the City
    Decent benefits overall, when compared to private companies
    City Council supportive
    Current Mayor

    Cons

    Politics often override common sense
    Former City Managers and Former Deputy Mayor were out of touch with City what was best for City

    Advice to Management

    Current Mayor is a great asset to the City, and has the best interest of the City. Glad former leadership has (mostly) moved on.


  7. "Love the city"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City Of Fresno full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Helpful tech support, which is very needed
    Overall a lot of great people to work with

    Cons

    Some departments are inefficient
    Lots of departments are understaffed


  8. "None"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at City Of Fresno full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable medical and dental benefits

    Cons

    Severe lack of knowledgeable management practices, no clear direct goals or even clear project points

    Advice to Management

    Need to start fresh with new non political leaders


  9. "Laborer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at City Of Fresno full-time

    Pros

    One works 40 hours a week.

    Cons

    Management needs improvement and there's no direction.

    Advice to Management

    Get trained and consider the people you have dismissed.


  10. "Administration"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    * opportunity to learn and advance through inclusion at all levels
    * was able to work a 4-10

    Cons

    * poor medical insurance
    * extremely low moral and very negative attitudes prevalent in all departments

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and communicate better. I always had a feeling that the Mayor despised city employees.