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City of Houston Houston Reviews

Updated October 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits health insurance lacking (in 25 reviews)

  • Typically good work life balance depending on the particular manager or group that you work for (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Extremely low pay, very political, no unity across the city (in 8 reviews)

  • upper management (director level) are incompetent (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Lead Agent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Agent in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Agent in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work the shift that fits your schedule

    Cons

    Working weekends and holidays


  2. "Of you like cleaning and making places look attractive work here."

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    Current Employee - Laborer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Laborer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits also a stable job.

    Cons

    Your hours change after training.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  3. "Working at COH"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deputy Assistant Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Deputy Assistant Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Houston (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Good Hours and Schedule

    Cons

    Promotions and Jobs Hirings given based on affiliations rather than merits.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within more often based on Merits, Education, Skill Set.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Sr Sideloader"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sideloader in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Sideloader in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice people and friendly environment. Always got the help I needed from my supervisor and we had weekly meetings to keep us abreast of what's going on in the city of Houston

    Cons

    The hours do vary we had to work long 14 hr shifts some days helping out other centers within the city and would keep us out at night making it hard to pick up trash in the dark

    Advice to Management

    Try not to spread your employees to thin and realize driving 14 hrs is not easy especially at night


  5. "Great Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity in services, employees, and clients, Locations throughout the Houston, competitive salaries, tenured employees

    Cons

    Few opportunities for inter-departmental advancement

    Advice to Management

    Consider developing an employee pool of applicants who wish to be promoted or merely seek a change in work an avenue to do so, ie employee interning, job suggestion. Reduce the work week from 5 days to 4 days.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Park Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Park Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Park Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a pretty easy job.

    Cons

    City politics are hard to handle.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sanitarian III (supervisor)"

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    Former Employee - Sanitarian III ( Supervisor) in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sanitarian III ( Supervisor) in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Personal satisfaction; job satisfaction; great set of co workers.

    Cons

    Not an equal opportunity employer as they say in words not carried out in deeds.

    Advice to Management

    To increae moral develop people from within and give them an opportunity to grow; to do not bring people from outside, who are inexperienced and less educated, and place them on top of honest hard working people.

  8. "Great Place!"

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    Former Contractor - Immunization Department Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Immunization Department Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at City of Houston as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team and work environment!

    Cons

    No cons for my position or department.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "library customer service clerk"

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    Former Employee - Library Clerk in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Library Clerk in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Houston part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great hours, flexible people, working the library is a piece of cake, if you passed 12th grade and a have a level head your there, 4 hours a day, weekends are 8 hours on Saturday, no bennies, but a steady pay check, yes you can join the workers union.

    Cons

    WOW, older staff member's bring their kids in to fill the gaps for city services, the loyalty to higher up, people who are bouncing around to get their notch and move on, not cool, senior people thinking they can punk out new part timers and full timers, when the new workers receive an evaluation is set at the highest marks, senior people refusing to retire and or help pull their load, a lot of racism from senior clerks, because new people have a degree and they don't, they fear that the new staff moving ahead and becoming their boss,and it is happening, also lot of mismanagement and favoritism, too bad HR has went corporate, now you cant get your family members in to work with you, bottom line.....what are we high school again....if your older and senior and your reading this, let face it, you cant reach the bottom shelf, your blinding following rules that are set to upper management look good, a monkey can organize books .....learn your tech stuff, and over all take your 700 days of vacation ....n fade away.....have a good one

    Advice to Management

    quit playing favoritism and don't climb the ladders especially if you don't qualify.....don't put senior members, that you hang out with on your off time in charge, at one time they were managers but no longer just a worker bee, I see no respect in that, thank god there more newbies coming in.....


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Expendable"

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    Former Employee - Plant Operator Trainee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Plant Operator Trainee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. It was a job.

    Cons

    Nickel and dime you on overtime. Abandons employees out sick.

    Advice to Management

    Care just as much about those who keep the city going as you do your customers. Remember we're residents and customers of the city too.


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