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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great team members!"

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

    Pros

    Staff members within the City are extremely genuine and easy to collaborate with across departments. The City truly focuses on a culture of engagement and acceptance, and being a recipient of that focus helps me to feel more included in the City.

    Cons

    We are a very small staff for a City this large, so there are times when the work feels like a lot, but there is always someone willing to help.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great City and place to work. Too bad a few ruin it for everyone else and so high school clique.

    Cons

    Current and former management/manager. Hope decision makers make the right choice first then get rid of current riff raff. City has lost great people and current "management " is probably the reason.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and try working for a change. Stop acting like your still in high school and use your brain for a change.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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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 Centennial full-time

    Pros

    Innovative/Non-Bureaucratic Government - Great place to consider new ways of doing things; management listens to new ideas
    Positive Culture - Employees are welcoming and accepting of everyone. Individuals are coached to work toward their strengths rather than weaknesses. People enjoy working here, and work as a team.
    Achievement - Most everyone is very interested in getting things done, doing them well, and doing them to achieve an important outcome.
    Flexible work environment and schedules
    Customer-service oriented
    All-Star Staff - staff as a whole is extremely intelligent and forward-thinking
    Management - a lot of good managers that care about employee learning and development

    Cons

    Small city staff can lead to high work loads


  4. "I love working here"

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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 Centennial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    While people here work crazy hard, managers and co-workers really care about each other and are willing to whatever it takes to help each other out. This shows in the quality of the work product and in the level of service provided to our citizens, businesses and other stakeholders. If you are used to thinking about local government as a slow, bureaucratic machine, you don't know Centennial! This truly is a great place to wok and I am proud to be a part of it.

    Cons

    Some of our technology is outdated and in need of upgrading. While I understand the resource constraints of a tax-payer-funded organization, less than optimal efficiencies can be frustrating for some.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Over worked, Over looked, Under Paid, Under Appreciated"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Hmmm...lets see, the park is great for breaks. The poor guys that designed it were laid off right after it was completed.. Close to lots of fast food places for a quick pick up and then back to work. Some of the people are great to work with--but only a very few select.

    Cons

    The more you give, the more they want and they never appreciate it. Others that do less and are obviously not very respected get the perks, promotions and raises. All which are not announced...they just "happen" and one day you are "surprised". City Manager and his direct reports delegate everything they can and then take days off. They take the credit for good things and pass the buck when it fails. Surprised no one has questioned the VERY creative accounting practices that occur during every monthly budget meeting where funds are moved around to compensate for under and over spending.

    Advice to Management

    If you promote those that really deserve it and earned it you might keep good employees instead of mediocre ones. Maybe if you listened to the little guys instead of the higher ups that dont know their toes from their knees you might have a lot happier environment. If you are going to give perks to one employee it should be the same across the board...not selective because you do or dont like one better than the other. Very unfair practices. OH...and some of you need to go back and take proper accounting courses.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Don't be fooled by that initial impression"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great networking opportunity, you meet a bunch of people through the City Managers Office

    Cons

    Very cliquish environment, if you don't "fit" you definitely know immediately. Very few make decisions in their own.


  7. "It's a Job For Now"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO

    Pros

    Most of the people are really great! Close to home, shopping, restaurants and other businesses. Lots of employee potlucks and recognitions for birthdays. Employees have the opportunity to recognize each other. It is a job and they offer benefits with paid holidays off.

    Cons

    Low pay for long hours with no compensation or appreciation for all the hours put in. Life-work balance is not supported even though they say they have balance both in their interviews and on their website. It would be nice to be able to be compensated with a day or two off during a month without having to take sick or vacation time--especially if the average work week for an employee is 45 to 50 or more hours a WEEK. Cost of benefits went up which lowered take home pay and no salary increase all though a 2% increase had been discussed and decided against. Incompetent, unqualified and low skilled employees are promoted to management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Promoting employees who are not qualified for the position or because they dont cut it in another area is stupid and detrimental to moral. You will get more work, loyalty and happier employees if you appreciate them more--if not with a salary increase, with more appreciation and compensation in some way for all the extra hours.

  8. "Nice place to visit but wouldnt make a career out of it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous--they Really Didnt Have One for Me
    Former Employee - Anonymous--they Really Didnt Have One for Me
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Everyone initially is very welcoming and friendly. Lots of work to keep you busy. Close to home, shopping and other businesses. Employees recognizing other employees is nice and they have lots of pot lucks. Paid holidays, vacation and sick days..their 401k is different than the usual program. Tuition reimbursement. Lots of room to grow if allowed to do so. They like to hear your ideas.

    Cons

    Definately very high school and clicky--especially with management. If you are with the in-crowd and you are a bit of a brown noser is when you will be promoted and get your pay increases. Expectation is that you work long hours but you dont get compensated for the extra efforts unless you are with the in-groups. It seems like alot of unqualified people get promoted and those that work the hardest wind up quitting. Management creates positions specific to a person not the real need. They dont always post openings either. They just slide the person into the job or if they do post the job, they waste everyone's time because they already know who they are going to hire, they just want to make a show of being fair, but in reality they arent. If you dont fit it be prepared for the chilly treatment until you quit--like I did.

    Advice to Management

    If you really appreciate and want to keep your best employees, start promoting those people, not your friends or the ones that massage your egos. You dont seem to notice that you have lost several good employees because you continue to pile the work on them, dont appreciate them and put the ones that pretend to work on the road to promotions. You should back up your employees not throw them to the wolves and compensate the ones that really deserve it. Your actions do not backup your words.