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City of Austin Texas Reviews

Updated August 14, 2018
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  • "is only part time with no benefits" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Red tape is a very real thing and makes it tough to do things quickly" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Local government"

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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 Austin Texas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to do innovative work in a unique city.

    Cons

    Some departments and divisions more innovative and progresssive then others.


  2. "Program Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Depending on the department, staff was great to work with

    Cons

    Approval process for any kind of change was incredibly slow

  3. "Not great for professionals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Austin Texas full-time

    Pros

    Get paid govt holidays, telework, no overtime or weekend work

    Cons

    Heavy politics, no professionalism, horrible work culture where politicians (regardless of position) sit and gossip while getting paid with tax payers money.. such people cannot be fired or reprimanded due to City's hr policies so they have ruined the work culture.. such politicians exists in ALL city departments... severe lack of professionals and professional behavior... they just need somebody to sit and nod to their gossips.. no creativity or innovation... people with high skills cannot last here for more than a year.. high attrition.. limited growth as promotion is based on politics and seniority ...

    Advice to Management

    Get off the high horse and do something about the work culture... closing your eyes and expecting new employees to "suck it up" is not going to sustain this govt.. and don't waste tax payers money on useless employees and projects that fail (mostly due to useless political employees)


  4. "EMS Department"

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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 Austin Texas full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of non-uniform staff in centrally located at RBJ. The executive team is available by email and at least once a week in person. The relationships between different units are great and the department is collaborative.

    Cons

    Non-uniform staff is understaffed in multiple units. Positions have been requested multiple times through the budget process and operations positions are awarded.

    Advice to Management

    It is important to care for your support staff as well as sworn staff. There are many projects and areas that need more attention but the staffing levels do not allow for projects to be appropriately worked.


  5. "Employee/tax payer POV"

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    Current Employee - Clerk in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Clerk in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Austin Texas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Insurance and leave time are a plus. Job security as the city is here to stay. Free transit. Free garage parking

    Cons

    Facilities downtown are hard to access if you don’t work in that building. Pay is low compared to private sector and does not pay living wage in a high tech area.

    Advice to Management

    Needs more accountability and communicate information before changes occur


  6. "Working for the city takes a special person"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Associate II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Accounting Associate II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Austin Texas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Life and work balance, vacation and sick leave

    Cons

    Everything is extremely slow, you have to be patient and understand the process

    Advice to Management

    Be open to change


  7. "Network Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Network Administrator
    Former Employee - Network Administrator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at City of Austin Texas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Staff was excellent. Allowed to explore different ways to solve problems and learn new ways to improve productivity.

    Cons

    At times bureaucracy is bureaucracy. City can be inefficient in some areas.

  8. "Stable Employment"

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    Current Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Austin Texas full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and People training and access to tech.

    Cons

    Cliquey and slow to get things done (bureaucracy)

    Advice to Management

    be active stop waiting for retirement


  9. "Great Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Austin Texas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for learning and growth.

    Cons

    Government pay is not equivalent to corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. "Typical bureaucratic job, but far better than most other govt jobs"

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    Former Employee - Associate Court Clerk in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Court Clerk in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Austin Texas full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great training for City employees, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Parking downtown was terrible. Building itself and break room outdated and nasty, managers hated their jobs at it showed. Lots of money wasted and misappropriated to lesser needs.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain employees then appreciate them more, listen to complaints made, and offer departmental incentives and things that encourage retention like decent break rooms, parking lots for employees and not just management.


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