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City of Oakland, CA Reviews

Updated October 1, 2018
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  1. "A Chance to Make a Differnce"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA full-time

    Pros

    Great City spirit. Committed, mission driven professionals who love the City. Opportunity to really impact the community.

    Cons

    It's a bureaucracy :)


  2. "Program Analyst"

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

    I worked at City of Oakland, CA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    greatly fulfilling work helping people

    Cons

    a lot of bureaucratic crap to put up with

  3. "Human Resource public works"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Oakland, CA full-time

    Pros

    Staff, wages ,benefits, environment, location

    Cons

    Politics, executive management, ethics, moral, union


  4. "Human Services - A vocation and a great team."

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    Current Employee - Planner in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Planner in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - great/fun people.
    - meaningful work that makes a long-term impact
    - challenging with room for innovation

    Cons

    - slowness of bureaucracy
    - often dictated by political agenda
    - demanding work that can lead to burn out

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide opportunities for growth.
    Take time to pause, breathe and reflect.


  5. "Opportunity to Grow for Resilient Seekers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA full-time

    Pros

    Oakland is a major West Coast City so working here is a gateway to a career in government work anywhere.

    Relatively stable job security with an excellent benefits package. The medical coverage alone is worth considering for job seekers with families who need coverage.

    You will find individuals with amazing skills and vision who will help you flourish professionally.

    Cons

    Outdated technology including a lack of a centralized database

    Controller's Office policies are contrary to the implementation of non general fund programs. There is a lack of trust and an unwillingness to reform policies to better support community benefits. They intentionally make it hard to spend money.

    Human Resources does not recruit civilian staff in a timely manner resulting in situations where the City lacks staff supports required to maintain deliverables.

    Advice to Management

    A concerted effort by the City Administrator's Office will be needed to fix the Cons list.


  6. "Bad experience - did not stay long"

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    Former Employee - Support Services Supervisor
    Former Employee - Support Services Supervisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Oakland, CA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No charge for parking (not downtown location).

    Cons

    Job not as described. Poor management. I only worked there a short time and it was obvious to me and my boss that it wasn't a good fit. I found the job to be highly administrative and for leadership to have not interest in using the skills that I brought to the job.

    Advice to Management

    Engage in some real analysis of what is needed - don't just throw people at jobs and hope for the best.


  7. "Police Sergeant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Oakland, CA part-time

    Pros

    Officers work hard and receive a good salary.

    Cons

    Some of the command staff are untrustworthy.

    Advice to Management

    Please fix you internal affairs process and promote trustworthy supervisors and command staff.

  8. "Executive Director"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible non profit always looking for creative ways to better serve families and schools.

    Cons

    Political pubic school environment and working with bureaucratic systems.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be innovative


  9. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA full-time

    Pros

    Work for the people of Oakland

    Cons

    Political considerations for decision making may be at odds with doing what is right.

    Advice to Management

    Build employees up, don't tear them down.


  10. "Administrative Assistant"

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

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA full-time

    Pros

    I love the people I work with. We are like a family.

    Cons

    City Administration should care more about the employees and what we've endured during the recession. We bailed them out, but they don't care about bailing us out. They want to keep us at low pay and never recover from the recession. They've recovered beautifully though. Very selfish of them to use us like that.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your lower level staff a competitive wage. No one is staying at the City of Oakland, because Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, Alameda, etc. pays more in wages than the City of Oakland does. The City of Oakland is no longer attracting lower level staff due to the very low wages they pay.