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City of Minneapolis Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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  1. "Positive experience"

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    Current Employee - City Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - City Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work, good work/life balance, excellent benefits

    Cons

    administratively burdensome, depressing work environment / facilities


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not exciting but stable"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at City of Minneapolis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are stable and competitive. Learn a lot about government operations and the work is routine if you don't like change it would be a good job.

    Cons

    Salary cap with no bonuses for great work. Red tape for so many things. You don't get a to expand on your job skills while in a position and often times interns get that opportunity because they don't have specific jobs to do. This leads to skill stagnation and no promotion unless you are in with management.

    Advice to Management

    Promote and hire proven skilled employees and not just those you have personal connections with. Also, employees not a good match should be given the boot instead of just moved around. They put strain on the other staff to pick up the slack. Low morale is often due to staff issues.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "A somewhat biased review"

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    Former Employee - 911 Dispatcher in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - 911 Dispatcher in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Minneapolis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I cannot attest to specific pros for the City simply because I worked in only one department of a multitude of departments within the city. Overall benefits were good and compensation seemed fair (though it was under union contract). Specifically for the job, knowing I was doing my best to help the community and to keep the police and fire fighter responders safe.

    Cons

    Again, I cannot attest to the city level, but for the specific job there would be many to list. I think it can best be surmised as a cavernous divide between employees, supervisors, and management that pitted each against the others.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the advice of Richard Branson who essentially said to take care of your employees and they will take care of you. Management is NOT taking care of their employees.


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  5. "Good place to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. People are friendly & helpful. Work in downtown MPLS.

    Cons

    I did not have anything negative to say about working there, would go back.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't waste your time if you have any talent."

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    If your ready to retire this is the place to be. No stress.

    Cons

    This place is just like high school. Management is inexperienced and are just there to retire, so don't rock the boat! They could care less what goes on and actually being 'managers'. They are just there to keep the lights on and eventually collect that pension.

    Advice to Management

    I believe there are 10 newly appointed Directors to a staff of 30 or so, most of you aren't nearly qualified, so good luck to you.


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working downtown is really nice, there are a lot of opportunities to move up.

    Cons

    The pay rate could be higher.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Accounting Manager"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Minneapolis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great place to coast if you keep your head down and meet minimum expectations. Individuals who try to rise above or affect change are squashed by the people perched at the top of their silos. No one ever gets fired even when they don't do a thing.

    Cons

    Doesn't recognize internal talent, promote from within or offer any sort of incentives for going the extra mile. Top performers only move up the payscales as fast as those who do nothing...and once at the top, there's nowhere to go. There is no reward for working hard.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of your entrenched workers who've been there for a decade or more are simply looking for more ways to "reward longevity" rather than rewarding performance. Implement real 360 interviews with evaluators outside of your department (customers) and see what type of results you get.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "The quality of the work environment varies widely depending on the building. The political environment is liberal."

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    Current Employee - Public Heath Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Public Heath Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at City of Minneapolis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security, working downtown in a vibrant urban setting, good benefits, competitive salary compared to same grade jobs at higher levels of government.

    Cons

    Lacks diversity in city leadership, little opportunity for advancement, union environment provides security without rewarding continuous improvement and innovation, old non-renovated working environment, flexibility in work schedule and location is lacking,

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to find professional mentors and/or coaches.


  10. "Government wasted"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Minneapolis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, technology and a paycheck.

    Cons

    No team work. Leadership, to inlude architect level are incompetent. Leadership takes no stand to improve environment. Status quo is the goal. Favortism and politics run rampant. Only place in country you can get paid to watch movies. Management lets team members manage. Unethical treatment of employees who are sub par or rather, politically unpopular. If you are ill for an extended period, don't! Managers will call asking you to come back to work when you are still in the hospital bed. Or they will warn you that people will think you are faking.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the company already.


  11. "Poorly managed department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay is good & health insurance benefits are pretty good. Work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    Ineffective management
    Politics
    Always behind on technology
    Resistance to change
    Ineffective managers waiting out retirement or promoted due to personal relationships do not correctly identify root cause issues and consequently construct workaround a rather than address under performers. This is demoralizing to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Document poor performers, do not promote those who cannot do there current job.


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