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City of Oakland, CA Reviews

Updated January 9, 2017
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  1. "Sub teacher"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn different ways to teach.

    Cons

    Have to be ready to adjust to different personality


  2. "Benefits, not much mobility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are fairly comprehensive, pay scale is stagnating

    Cons

    Mobility and flexibility are not encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Professional development is needed


  3. "Urban Economic Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Very nice staff.

    Cons

    Difficult to move projects forward. Too much red tape.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Better Jobs Elsewhere in the Bay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Oakland is an amazing City

    Cons

    Not much room for promotion - ie. management does not groom for promotion, you must ask for projects that will put you on promotion track.

    Internal customer service (between departments) can be awful. People choose not to answer emails/voicemails and apparently that is ok.

    Processes are generally not written down, so each time you begin a new interaction, you must determine the steps that are being required by the people currently holding the position...and hope that everything you learned doesn't change in the next 5 minutes or two weeks or if the wind is changes direction.


  6. "Rec Attendant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility and many positions available.

    Cons

    It was hard to gain hours


  7. "IT Turnaround"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent people, Great location.

    Cons

    Political turmoil, too many chiefs, lack of direction

    Advice to Management

    Instill a sense of confidence in IT staff. Provide training and start a mentoring program. Hire technologists as supervisors. Having IT run by people that don't know IT is short sighted.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of leadership at all levels = frustrating career"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Oakland, CA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The city has so much potential and it includes a community that is starving for good leaders. Great weather and commute.

    Cons

    Politics are involved in every single decision and it usually results in bad policies and organization. Elected policy makers interfere with staff at all levels and react based on loud protests and media reports.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all current agency directors (and deputy's). Put a firewall between council member offices and all management staff. Stop pandering to the OPOA.


  9. "securiity"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good employment. good places to work, good salary, meet interesting people

    Cons

    working in a dangerous area, graveyard shift

    Advice to Management

    I'm a hard worker, get along
    great with clients. customers, staff, clear communication. I get the job d


  10. "Very good"

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    Current Employee - A Very Good and Hard Worker Loyal
    Current Employee - A Very Good and Hard Worker Loyal
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Oakland, CA part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love keeping the parks clean for the kids

    Cons

    I wish they hired more full time employee

    Advice to Management

    Doing a good job keep up the good work


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Honest review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits but there are other places that are definitely better.

    Cons

    Horrible pay. No room for advancement. No professional development. Incredible bias. City money "mysteriously" disappears.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of focusing on upper management, focus on employees who would like to move into other positions. The people that are in the trenches do the most work, yet they are looked down upon as though they are no important because they don't have a glamour title. Take care of your people and they will take care of you!



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