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City of Houston Reviews

Updated April 27, 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 18 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. Helpful (1)

    "At first it seemed as if there would be promotional opportunities available but that was not the case."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The manager immediate above me was excellent in working with my schedule; however, there were few opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    There was not enough communication from upper management to employees. The pay was below average.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with staff instead of letting staff know through other channels about what will happen.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not up to national standards"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job and that's is all it is.

    Cons

    Pay, politics, and good old boy system


  3. "Health Department (WIC)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Clerk in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Clerk in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time

    Pros

    None to speak of really.

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    micro management
    No actionable plan to increase client participation
    No marketing/advertising so they allow for walk-ins everyday therefore just targeting low hanging fruit.
    Very poor communication
    Low morale
    NO room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Create a plan and communicate it to employees so everyone can be on the same page and push for more technology to streamline process.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not a great place if you're a progressive person."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, "job security", easy to move up if the right people like you.

    Cons

    Nepotism, Poor Benefits, Low Pay, No "authentic" community engagement. Rude executive team. Ghetto administration.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more qualified people and utilize you're worker that are qualified with years of experience. Stop playing favoritism. This is a work place not a dictatorship.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Administrative for IAH"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits if you are looking for that. If you are close to the IAH management team it will be pleasurable for you.

    Cons

    Bullying, harassment, prejudice, unfair practices. Management is very disorganized and favors some employees over others. Would not recommend IAH as a place of employment for anyone. No recognition to those who deserve it.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize those who deserve it. Stop being unfair.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Administrative Clerk"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    All the holidays off
    balance work/life
    Employees are hard-workers.

    Cons

    I worked for the City of Houston as an Intern for a month, then I was asked to come onboard as a contract worker promising a guarantee employment after I graduated from college.
    The City of Houston is known for a steady job and benefits. Well, the benefits are no longer what they used to be. " Steady employment, " means there is no room for growth unless you are one of the "favorite upper-management employees." Try applying for a job with the City and see if you'll receive a call, or email back, even if you have applied 15 times ! City of Houston works on the " good 'ole boy system. " Even if you are qualified your application will never get to the hire manager before COH employees relatives. If you are one of the lucky ones to land a job with City, please learn as much as you can and RUN !

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the office politics
    If you see an individual that is a hard-worker, and eager to learn promote that person
    Stop hiring relatives
    Look at everyone application without bias intent.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Large, inefficient beaurocracy that largely doesn't care about it's employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable jobs. There will always be a need for someone to manage the city's business for them.

    Cons

    You won't get rich working for them. .. unless you're the mayor. ... they typically execute policies that only benefit the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline your practices, and support your staff better.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "HR Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    I have none, good company

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sr real estate analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Real Estate Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Real Estate Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. I can't even think of 20 words seriously. Pay is only average for the industry

    Cons

    The Management is terrible! The Real Estate section is the worst in the industry. Extremely high turnover. The are so dishonest and lie like dogs. expect you to lie in court even. I would not do it. unrealistic deadlines. Can't be one minute late to work either but they don't consider you worked till 9 or 10 PM the night before. Yes believe that? Don't work for this section. They will end up terminating you. They even alter documentation. 1 yr probation!!

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. Treat your employees with respect. Set realistic deadlines.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Safety Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Construction Safety Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Construction Safety Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no pro about working for the City of Houston

    Cons

    Punching time clock, low pay, deducting car allowance, very low salary increases

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the old system and pay the people the most current job salary and what they are worth. And stop paying so much to the management.


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