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City of Houston Employee Reviews about "low morale"

Updated Sep 30, 2019

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City of Houston Mayor/Executive Officer Sylvester Turner (no image)
Sylvester Turner
96 Ratings
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  • "Terrible management in the department, low morale of coworkers, high turnover, and low pay(in 12 reviews)

  • "I Have never experienced such a high turn over rate OR such a low morale in a department(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Terrible management, low morale, and high turnover."

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    Former Employee - Urban Park Ranger 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Houston full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    City benefits are somewhat decent

    Cons

    Terrible management in the department, low morale of coworkers, high turnover, and low pay.

    City of Houston2019-10-01
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Run, don't walk away from here"

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

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Uh...a job. Pension if you can last 5 years

    Cons

    The management here is trying to degrade everyone to the point of leaving. I Have never experienced such a high turn over rate OR such a low morale in a department.

    Advice to Management

    COMMUNICATE. Help grow the folks you have instead of trying to bring in your friends who are lazy and honestly don't know what they are doing.

    City of Houston2017-08-17
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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Administration Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time

    Pros

    The benefits and compensation are good.

    Cons

    You will find several low performers and low morale employees. Very political; constant change in administration.

    City of Houston2015-05-06
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    "Not a place for everyone"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Houston

    Pros

    Job stability, a lot of training opportunities, downtown location

    Cons

    certain departments have low morale and distrust in management

    City of Houston2015-03-09
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    "Hostile work environment"

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

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers, pay and benefits, vacation and holidays

    Cons

    Drama, bullying, gossip, overt and covert nepotism, unfairness, pettiness, extremely stressful, low morale, incompetent management, lack of character and integrity across the board

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your core group. Those are the workers that make your organization successful. They're loyal, devoted, and grind every day with little or no complaint, regardless of their own personal circumstances. They are an asset to your organization, no matter how hard your managers/supervisors/nepotist employees try and make them believe otherwise. I've seen a lot of great people leave because of that. It's a shame, really. This organization really has the potential to be listed as one of the greatest places in the country to work, but the rampant cruelty, unnecessarily competitive atmosphere, hyper-stressful and unsupportive environment makes the organization hostile.

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    City of Houston2014-03-01
  7. "Health Department (WIC)"

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    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.

    City of Houston2013-07-13
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Good and Bad...Challenging, yet exhausting"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Houston full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work with different departments, good exposure to different work areas, hepls you develop professionally, build partnerships with external agencies

    Cons

    Lower salary is part of city job, high stress environment, slow at adapting to new projects or demands, overworked employees, low morale. Very political work environment and people who "kiss ass" to get promoted (even if they don't deserve such promotion). Shady and untrustworthy employees. Not good for overall career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees' concerns, show your appreciation for employees, be open to new ideas and changes that can help your department be more successful. Open communication is necessary in working in a successful office, be more open with your employees. Be considerate of ALL your employees, whether or not you have a favorite. Employee morale is important to the overall productivity of the office.

    City of Houston2012-11-06
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