I have been working at City of Kent - Washington as an intern (More than a year)
In Public Works, the people are very friendly and genuinely care about your well-being. This is true for the Environmental Engineering department as well. As an intern, they know that you're there to learn first and foremost about the industry from a municipal perspective, and that getting work out of you is secondary. The responsibilities vary, but when I was full time (part time now because school), I supported all the engineers (~7 of them regularly) with all of their projects. Casual work environment in the office, and when the weather is nice, it isn't too bad to go out in the field. There are a couple committees that plan office wide events during the day and will bring in food/snacks/refreshment every so often (every other week), and there is a dinner group that goes out once a month to promote work/life balance. Also, several people play sports such as basketball and frisbee on a consistent basis during lunch.
The way the internship was set up for me is that it gets me a lot of exposure to projects, but since I support a handful of people, my responsibilities aren't that huge. They are smaller tasks and sometimes menial and boring, but understanding that in government work that attention to detail is required sometimes justifies my work. A lot of bureaucracy is involved, but I don't really get the sense that people are necessarily working against each other. Additionally, a full-time offer to follow is currently not the format of the internship; rather, they will offer you a year-long internship before a full-time offer comes, if at all. No benefits at all for interns, which is either city code or state law, but is outside the control of the management, although interns are paid above minimum wage.
Advice to Management
Provide more opportunities for interns to practice public speaking. Giving some kind of presentation to department leads is something I was hoping I would do, since it would prepare interns for anything they would have to do in the future.
I worked at City of Kent - Washington (More than 10 years)
I see that the Mayor and her Directors begging at Olympia doorsteps for more money.
I am not sure how she even became the Mayor, who does not have an integrity and cant keep her word instead imposed Business and Occupation Tax. City representative in Olympia could have gotten City of Kent in Federal food stamp rather imposing taxes on businesses, more taxes.
Advice to Management
This is about the Mayor, I advise City of Kent citizens not to re-elect her again, and the Council should re-question her abilities as a Mayor.
Good Coworkers, nice place to work
Management needs to take a good look at direction the City is moving in.
This will replace the current featured review for targeted profile. Are you sure you want to replace it?
Are you sure you want to remove this review from being featured for targeted profile?