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City of Oakland, CA Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2019

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7 Ratings
  1. "Fun people, fun environment"

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Oakland, CA part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Staff feels like family, and going to work doesn’t feel like a drag or a burden

    Cons

    Upper management could be a bit unorganized at times

    City of Oakland, CA2019-06-13
  2. "Excellent Work Life Balance"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at City of Oakland, CA full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Amazing benefits and people that outweigh the negative aspects of the job.

      Cons

      Typical bureaucratic environment

      City of Oakland, CA2019-05-16
    • "Good place to work depending on department"

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      Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at City of Oakland, CA full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      1 - Many opportunities to help the community 2 - Availability to promote depending on the department 3 - Easy access to BART 4 - Health care 5 - Offer a lot of training

      Cons

      1 - Some departments have several inept leaders that have been here for years but have no clue how to manage 2 - Several homeless people around city hall plaza which cause sanitary and safety issues 3 - Outdated computer programs and facilities 4 - Bureaucracy red tape 5 - Some unions create issues to prove worth

      Advice to Management

      1 - Make department leaders actually lead and provide direction 2 - Get control of the unions, some of them are getting ridiculous. 3 - Clean up the plaza

      City of Oakland, CA2019-01-27
    • "Don't work here. Seriously."

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

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

      Pros

      Meaningful work, with the remote potential for positive impact.

      Cons

      Conniving political climate. Unsupportive. Cutthroat. Widespread bullying. Toxic work environment. No room to move up. The public and politicians will remind you every Tuesday their disdain for you as a public servant, yet give you zero support to do your job. Operations and processes are a mess. Inconsistent and confusing even to the most seasoned worker. Most of your job will be paperwork, not the thing you...

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      Advice to Management

      Get rid of known bullies, racists and improve processes. More firm direction from the administrator and Mayor. Require people, regardless of political status, to treat others with dignity and respect.

      City of Oakland, CA2018-12-28
    • "Program Analyst"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at City of Oakland, CA full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      greatly fulfilling work helping people

      Cons

      a lot of bureaucratic crap to put up with

      City of Oakland, CA2018-10-02
    • "Human Resource public works"

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      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

      City of Oakland, CA2018-09-21
    • "A Chance to Make a Differnce"

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      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 :)

      City of Oakland, CA2018-07-27
    • "Human Services - A vocation and a great team."

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      Current Employee - Planner in Oakland, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

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

      City of Oakland, CA2018-07-27
    • "Opportunity to Grow for Resilient Seekers"

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      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...

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      Advice to Management

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

      City of Oakland, CA2018-07-27
    • "Bad experience - did not stay long"

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

      I worked at City of Oakland, CA full-time for 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.

      City of Oakland, CA2018-06-20
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