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City of Oakland, CA Reviews

Updated June 19, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great time here"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, nice staff, good cause

    Cons

    politics between departments can be a bit distracting


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "Human Resources Management Department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Oakland, CA full-time

    Pros

    Job Security, Job Security, Job Security

    Cons

    Not very much opportunity for advancement within a classification

    Advice to Management

    Vet Management


  7. "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.

  8. "nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have Great pay and benefits

    Cons

    lots of politics which drives decision making.


  9. "Hard work, average pay"

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    Current Employee - Planner I in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Planner I in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of devoted, passionate people

    Cons

    Way understaffed. Workload is very high


  10. "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


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