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City of Costa Mesa Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  1. "Lifeguard"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Costa Mesa part-time

    Pros

    Great staff, fair pay, lot of fun.

    Cons

    Too many hours for the amount of pay

    Advice to Management

    Nothing!


  2. "Recreation Leader III"

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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 Costa Mesa part-time

    Pros

    -flexible with college students
    -decent pay
    -easy work
    -nice staff and management
    -management is willing to work with you

    Cons

    I haven't had any issues with the management but I've heard they can be too cliquey.

  3. "Part-Time Employee"

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

    I worked at City of Costa Mesa part-time

    Pros

    Great work environment for those who work hard.

    Cons

    Favoritism for employees they prefer.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Heartless"

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Costa Mesa full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None. I can't think of 20 words to say so at least they had a Keurig machine for everyone to use.

    Cons

    Executive structure is lacking in human decency, it's a political wreck. Give you nothing to do then say you're doing it wrong. No training on the job.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long look in the mirror. What's wrong with the City is right there.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "City is a political nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Core employees are great people. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    The city is a political nightmare to work for. City Manager is a weak leader. City council terrorizes its employees. If you don't work hard, be a political robot you can survive.

    Advice to Management

    Fire city manager.


  6. "Lifeguard and Water Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Receptionist, Lifeguard, Instructor in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Receptionist, Lifeguard, Instructor in Santa Ana, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Costa Mesa (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedule for students who are going to school.

    Cons

    Short Staffed, making it very difficult to request for time off.

    Advice to Management

    More staff to hire


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Public Affairs Manager"

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    Former Employee - Public Affairs and Special Events Manager in Altadena, CA
    Former Employee - Public Affairs and Special Events Manager in Altadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Costa Mesa (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary is capable to other cities

    Cons

    The city is a political night mare. Avoid working here at all cost.

  8. "Working with the city."

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

    Pros

    One of the greatest jobs in the world if you have the patience to work with children. I honestly play games all day and doodle and help with homework. There are the occasional attitudes and tantrums, but in the end it's worth it when you see the kids happy that you're there.

    Cons

    I work with the after school program, and because of that I only get so many hours and we have to follow the school schedule. So there will be times where you will be working like twice a week or have no work for two weeks.


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good experience with CAD and field work. Great staff willing to teach.

    Cons

    Slow paced at times. Some work is redundant


  10. "Great city, bad organization and managment"

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    Former Employee - Recreation Leader I in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Recreation Leader I in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Costa Mesa (Less than a year)

    Pros

    City is great, parks and services are nice.

    Cons

    Services offered by city could be vastly improved upon. Kids were doing hiring and obviously not trained or training well.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously train your staff and step it up. The "leaders" of your after school programs had little to no direction and training and seemed to care less about being innovative and proactive with the kids. That is just sad.


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