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Updated March 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Typically good work life balance depending on the particular manager or group that you work for (in 11 reviews)

  • Good benefits when I started 16 years ago (in 17 reviews)

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

  • Very hard to move up due to very stringent "minimum qualification" requirements (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Fulfilling work, usual government bureaucracy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work was very fulfilling, knowing your daily duties help many in Houston. In my role I got to interact with many people in my department and the work was always varied Day to day. Flex time is great and most supervisors were willing to work w you on your schedule! Benefits ok.

    Cons

    Many levels of bureaucracy to go through to get things done or changed so things can take a long time to get done.

    Advice to Management

    Keep flex schedule and let your younger staff work to problem solve as much as possible!


  2. "FreddieW"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accoiuntant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accoiuntant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent for employee and family

    Cons

    The path to advancement is very narrow.

    Advice to Management

    Professional Growth needed


  3. "Assisting Citizens"

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

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with - family type of environment

    Cons

    Some of the benefits like pension are starting to erode

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the folks doing the work.


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  5. "Animal care techician"

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    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Loved helping the animals and loved helping people

    Cons

    supervisors are not so good. can be very unprofessional


  6. "HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Houston (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    there is a pension regardless of when you join and you are vested after 5 years

    Cons

    It takes a long time for things to be implemented

    Advice to Management

    Implement Programs and Processes faster...less red tape


  7. "Semi-Skilled Laborer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Semi-skilled Laborer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Semi-skilled Laborer in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get benefits and payed vacation.

    Cons

    Well from my point of view and custodian department I'm in if you not a favorite you want excel. When you try to climb the ladder they pull you down. Fairness is not here.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more professional and equal and fair with their employees. Stop showing so much favoritism.


  8. "Lifeguard"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Self Employeed in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Self Employeed in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great summer job. Good exersize and plenty of sun.

    Cons

    Summer ends and job ends.

    Advice to Management

    Great management.


  9. "Sr.utility mechanic"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Uiltity Mechanic in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Uiltity Mechanic in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benifits and money can lead the group

    Cons

    Co workers may hate on u

    Advice to Management

    Good


  10. "Municipal Court Clerk"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is okay. Could be better.

    Cons

    Every single thing about this job is absolute trash. The supervisors here carry themselves with zero integrity, zero professionalism and try to intimidate their staff by acting extremely patronizing, threatening and condescending towards them. Supervisors here are the most hypocrtical creatures I've ever come across. Will bark orders to not use internet for personal reasons but will be online shopping or on Facebook constantly. Or they will make subtle remarks about a small detail on your dress code while wearing flip flops in a "professional setting". Everything about the way their processes and procedures work are unorganized and disordered. Judges and other supervisors feel because of their title and seniority that they are allowed to talk to you any kind of way and you are supposed to take it. Honestly, this is the most corrupt, immoral, and UNETHICAL place I have EVER worked and would not recommend my worst enemy to apply here UNLESS you are trying to get your foot in the door with the City, law, or criminal justice. DO NOT APPLY! KEEP LOOKING! YOU WILL REGRET IT

    Advice to Management

    Sweep them all out and start over fresh. If you are going to bark orders to your employees at least stop being hypocrites and set a good example by following them yourselves.


  11. "Executive Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executitve Recruiter in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Executitve Recruiter in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Aviation is an exciting field

    Cons

    Not enough vacation time (poor accrual system for experienced professionals)
    limited mobility to move advance



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