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City of Oakland, CA Reviews

Updated November 7, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  10. "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


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