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City of Costa Mesa Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  1. "Lifeguard and Water Instructor"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.


  3. "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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  5. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a nice work environment. Monthly luncheons and fun holiday activities.

    Cons

    No room for growth. The building and filing systems are very out-of-date.


  6. "Uncomfortable & very political work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you like overtime, there's a lot of it, since so many employees are leaving due to the poor climate, mostly because of a very adversarial City Council majority.

    Cons

    The current City Council majority is very anti-employee, working hard to take away benefits and pay, and to outsource as many positions as possible to private companies - resulting in a decline in service quality to the citizens. Most of the supervision/management don't work to improve the situation because they're afraid of getting in trouble/fired. City Council & city manager are extremely anti-union and refuse to negotiate in good faith with their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and fight for them.


  7. "Got Fired"

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    Former Employee - Business Licensing Department in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Business Licensing Department in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Benefits. Holidays off, Paid two weeks vacation. Government Job.

    Cons

    On probation for 12 months at initial employment. Got sick on the 11th month and was fired afterward.

    Advice to Management

    None, they simply follow procedure.


  8. "Lead and maintain an after school site for students, plan activities and games daily, sign participants in and out"

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    Current Employee - Recreation Leader II in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Recreation Leader II in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Costa Mesa part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible with school schedules, pretty easy to move up, employees are generally nice and fun to work with, kids are a blast to work with (most of the time).

    Cons

    Low pay, differences in how different sites are run, sometimes little to no leadership or training,


  9. "Great fun being a rolemodel for children with sacrificed pay and benefits."

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    Current Employee - Recreation Leader I in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Recreation Leader I in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Love for doing work that may help others. Contribution toward community.

    Cons

    The pay is not the best but for a high school student or early college is respectable. They do not allow overtime. Are very strict with dress code ex. I am a recreation employ whos job is to supervise children and assist with activities, sports, an games, but they insist on designer jeans being unproffesional, as well as any patterned shorts whether it is black and grey plaid or subtle stripes.

    Advice to Management

    To focus on both sides of the story when their is employee conflictions and put time in visiting the sites and providing necesities for proper functionality of the program.


  10. "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.


  11. "City is a political nightmare"

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    • Career Opportunities
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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.


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