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  1. "Nice People, Low Pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Flagstaff full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people with the City of Flagstaff are really super sweet! It appears that management has gotten the word, since previous reviews. I have been working here for about two years now and almost didn't take the job based on past reviews. Since I had worked in a cut throat job, I knew I could handle it, but wasn't sure I wanted to. For the people working within the actual City Hall, there are lots of people to help you learn the job. Many people have worked in a variety of different areas and are willing to share their knowledge. I'm glad I didn't take a job elsewhere, instead.

    Cons

    Due to the recession, City employees went for years without a raise, so pay is just low. And then someone from the outside is hired in with "equity", based on their experience elsewhere and it just doesn't seem fair. Someone with 10 years in another company does not equate to 10 years with the City. People with City experience should get "bonus" time or something as knowing the processes, computer systems, and who to go to does account for something. We have also lost too many good people because they have gotten jobs elsewhere. This is more HR's fault than management's. HR will not allow management to interview and hire who they want. There is something called a "matrix" that is not explained to staff, but is what applications and hiring decisions are based on. If you don't get the "points" you don't get hired for a promotion, or even get an interview, even if you are a top performer.

    Advice to Management

    Value your current employees, give merit increases annually - not everyone just getting 2%, and fight back against HR regarding The Matrix!


  2. "maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Arizona in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Arizona in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Flagstaff full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Allows you live in flagstaff and ability to enjoy the schools and mountain town living with perfect four seasons and god people

    Cons

    Slow growth and advancements, they call this city poverty with a view and the cost of living and city compensation are hard fought and slow increments

    Advice to Management

    take care of your employees and all will be well, especially those that have put in the longest committed hours, check the loyalty and reward them accordingly, don't hires as much as them without giving them a little compensation.

  3. "Goods and Bads"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very professional with a high level of customer service provided.

    Cons

    Very low pay for the cost of living. I estimate that employees are 20-30% under what they should be with no raises in sight or even a way to move up the pay ladder in place. Benefits for dependents are the most expensive I have ever seen anywhere I've worked.


  4. "Poverty With a View"

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

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

    Pros

    Pretty scenery. All four seasons. If you don't totally screw up you can hide out for your entire career and not accomplish anything (that's what a lot of employees seem to do)

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are WAY below market. Upper management does not seem to be working to correct the problem. No real voice for employees. VERY expensive cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of non essential programs and services. Your not doing anyone any favors by keeping the extra staffing with little or no real purpose.


  5. "Dead end jobs with few opportunities for advancement"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Regular 8 - 5 work hours; okay benefits; downtown location is attractive; some very friendly, dedicated, hardworking staff (mostly middle mgt and below)

    Cons

    Very expensive community to live in at low pay; few opportunities for advancement; leadership is rigid, inaccessible and removed from ground level staff; no mistake is too inconsequential for a lecture; many in upper mgt do not know how to acknowledge what they don't know and seek the input of other staff with relevant experience and expertise. Staff who have done great work have been passed over for promotion in favor of people from outside the community. Bad behavior is tolerated and relationships seem to be more valued that competence, integrity and honesty. Staff are routinely thrown under the bus for the sake of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to listening to the people doing the work; get over your egos and learn to admit what you don't know and give individuals with the expertise the opportunity to contribute and shine. Invest in your staff so that they feel valued and part of the big picture - you'd be surprised the loyalty that generates from people who are underpaid. A thank you for your efforts under an impossible situation would have been really nice.


  6. "Great Team philosophy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall great place to be. Work schedule is flexible. People are friendly

    Cons

    Pay stinks. Benefits are expensive, and way too may meetings

    Advice to Management

    Management is aware of downsides and have tried to improve and are open to suggestions. Keep up the good work


  7. "Good place to work if you can afford a place to live"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Flagstaff full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Regular hours 8-5. Previously had great benefits before stripped away from the recession. Working in a community that cares about where it is heading.

    Cons

    When it comes to making the hard decision, upper management doesn't step-up. Perhaps the decision paralysis occurs because they know if they lose their job, they wouldn't be able to find work elsewhere in the community and afford to live in Flagstaff. Due to decision paralysis, open and honest conversations do not occur. Division/department silos exist.

    Advice to Management

    Big fish and small pond syndrome. Regain your perspective -- remember your roots, travel outside the community, understand your limitations and don't be afraid of what you don't know and what your staff does.

  8. "They are very unorganized."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are a couple of friendly people who work their.

    Cons

    Management is really a joke.


  9. "It's good when you're apart of the good old boys club."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work load was manageable. Most peers were sincere. Management improvementsr were seen over time.

    Cons

    Mistakes can easily turn into a big ordeal, professionalism was lacking in some staff.

    Advice to Management

    The office equipment and computer software needs updating.