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City of Houston Reviews

Updated June 14, 2018
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  1. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Houston full-time

    Pros

    Good efficiency, good environment, nice people

    Cons

    salary is not very competitive


  2. "Public Health Educator"

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

    I worked at City of Houston full-time

    Pros

    Working for the City of Houston had many perks. The medical benefits were superb and the City contributed to your monthly payment. I payed $75 per paycheck for myself and two dependents for full medical coverage.

    Promotional ability was high within this organization.

    Cons

    Higher consideration was granted to employees with tenure as it related to job promotion. This sometimes resulted in ill-equipped personnel being promoted to supervisory roles.

  3. "911"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Houston full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Schedule conflicted with life and family

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  4. "good job bad coworkers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time

    Pros

    great benefits and good projects

    Cons

    it's hard to fire people who are incompetent


  5. "customer service clerck"

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

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time

    Pros

    benefits, time off, flexible hours

    Cons

    advancement opportunities, hard to get a new job title without knowing the "right" person


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Many demands, no resources"

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

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

    Pros

    All in future plans for the City is probably possitive for the citizens of Houston

    Cons

    Expecting execution of plans with no adequate resources denotes lack of knowledge and inadecuate leadership skills at many of the top positions at the City

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic, consider the opinion of internal resources, avoid being pray of sales pitch, too much bureaucracy


  7. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good good good good good

    Cons

    Nothing really stands out to me

  8. "Stability but at a high price at Houston Public Works"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Standard 8-5 hours, no overtime - unless hourly, healthcare (dental, vision) offered. Great job for those that don't have any motivation to succeed or lack merit to do so. Also, if you don't like to work, this place is for you since it doesn't matter if you output anything or not.
     If your supervisor/manager is good, everything will work out for you.

    Cons

    **BEWARE**
    -Probationary period lasts 1 year.
    -VERY low pay
    -Micromanagement to the EXTREME. Supervisors/managers approve timecards and will dock time whenever they get a chance.
    -Overworked due to short staff.
    -Nepotism. Children, nephews/nieces, relatives fill positions at the City all year round. You will get use to the fact that there are more family members than actual coworkers at your workplace. They will be treated better than you since you are (probably) not related to the manager.
    -Incompetence with all levels of management from the lowest to the very top.
    -Supervisors/managers control what training you can go to - so say goodbye to your career progression.
    -Extremely political. Gossiping and backbiting common here.
    -Promotions are rare; unless you want to crush your soul to nothingness, abandon your personal life so you can orbit your supervisor day and night like the moon. (Lucky you!)
    -Pay raises are rare. The employee union tries every 2-3yrs to get a 2-3% raise. Not guaranteed but they try.
    -More than half the workforce is checked out either bc they have retired mentally
    -Very low accrual for vacation/sick time. If you have a chronic illness or have young kids and haveto go to the doctor a lot, this place is not for you. Your supervisor and coworkers will not be emphatic towards you. After 1st year, you can apply for FMLA but it will cut from your paycheck if you don't have enough time accrued (that happens faster than you think)
    -The old guard is aging, under-educated, complacent, narrow-minded, lack imagination and treat their employees like servants by giving orders. Your input is not welcome or valued so keep it to yourself.
    -Admin positions get paid higher than professional positions that require a college or graduate degree.
    -Communication is from the Neanderthal age
    -Technology is from the 1980s

    Advice to Management

    You give advice to people who have working eyes and ears.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lacks direction"

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

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

    Pros

    -Your coworkers are kind
    -They believe in the work they are doing

    Cons

    -Unclear directions given by supervisors
    -All the workers are harried and tired
    -HHD head could be more involved

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees you do have.


  10. "Revenue Specialist"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good team of people
    Fast paced

    Cons

    Internal politics
    Not very much room for growth
    Not everyone is treated equally

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees at all levels


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