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City of Auburn, WA Reviews

Updated October 11, 2016
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  1. "Overworked but Appreciated"

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

    I have been working at City of Auburn, WA full-time

    Pros

    The City of Auburn PD is probably the busiest department of its size anywhere... crazy, crazy busy. Unfortunately the City doesn't pay the best and Officers don't get take-home cars. But the Chief, Bob Lee, is probably the best boss in the world. You can't find a Chief who respects his Officers the way Lee does. Top notch leadership doesn't make up for the volume of work and lack of perks to some people... but it does for me.

    Cons

    Too many calls for too few Officers.
    No take home cars.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more Officers in patrol and give take-home cars to patrol Officers.


  2. "recreation aide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Auburn, WA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, relaxed work environment, manager was very helpful with anything I needed.

    Cons

    hard to get hours, low pay, very few cons to this job, can't complain about it at all


  3. "More Than You Imagined!"

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

    I have been working at City of Auburn, WA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with some great peers, and a City leadership team that is focused on team-building and creation of solutions.

    Cons

    The cons are manageable, and not overbearing.


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  5. "Desperately Wanted to Compete with Seattle"

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

    I worked at City of Auburn, WA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, easy work, good amount of time off, great benefits. Easy commute if you catch the Sounder from the north or south.

    Cons

    Bad, self-involved leadership - it feels like they're all out for themselves and nobody shows a lot of care for the people they manage. Employees are treated like tools to use and discard.

    Advice to Management

    Guide your leadership to better employee career and workplace support. Nobody wants to feel like they're being trampled in a manager's rise to the top.


  6. "A professional organization"

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    Former Employee - GIS Storm Water Technician in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - GIS Storm Water Technician in Federal Way, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at City of Auburn, WA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competent people, and managers who listen to their people.

    Cons

    The normal political crap that goes with pubic service

    Advice to Management

    Keep paying attention to your workers


  7. "The City of Auburn was a great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    During my time there, I thoroughly enjoyed working for the Director of Planning & Development and his team. I received a great deal of support from the Directors of Finance, Human Resources and IT, enabling me to accomplish my projects with ease.

    Cons

    I wish they had more opportunities for professional growth requiring marketing experience, but that is not always possible in the public sector.

    Advice to Management

    Continue collaborating across functions to ensure the overall success of your planning objectives. Continue to connect with your residents to maintain that sense of community.


  8. "It was a dysfunctional team environment"

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

    Pros

    opportunity to learn and leadership, great compensation and benefit package.

    Cons

    No sense of team by department or division or organization. Everyone is for themselves.


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    "Horrible supervisors/management"

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    Former Employee - Meter Reader/Maintenance in Auburn, WA
    Former Employee - Meter Reader/Maintenance in Auburn, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Auburn, WA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work, easy commute for most, decent pay, good work/life balance, lots of time off.

    Cons

    Not innovative, overtime is a joke, hard to advance, very political, it is definetly small business feeling where everyone knows everyone, most people are looking to leave to work elsewhere, co workers can be jerks, lots more...

    Advice to Management

    Use the training you learn in your classes to make it a better place to work, don't belittle people below you just because they are not as knowledgeable.


  10. "Fair, but typical local government agency"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Auburn, WA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, nice coworkers, easy commute

    Cons

    Low pay. Job was a contract position, wanted permanent


  11. "Good pay and benefits, bad leadership"

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Auburn, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Auburn, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent medical and other benefits including time off. Only $50 is deducted from your paycheck per month no matter how big your family is.

    Cons

    Communication from departmental leadership is sorely lacking across the board. Leadership treatment of people under them is very poor in certain departments.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people with more respect and worry less about your own ego. You can't manage people properly and earn their respect if you do not give it yourself.