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City of Palo Alto, CA CEO Gregory Scharff
Gregory Scharff
4 Ratings
  1. "Strong leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Regional leader, good management, good organizational support

    Cons

    None come to mind, good experience

    City of Palo Alto, CA2018-07-02
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant I in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    I learned a lot and had the opportunity to lead projects and events.

    Cons

    To move up it’s not about what you know but more about who you know.

    City of Palo Alto, CA2019-02-26
  3. "low pay comparitively speaking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at City of Palo Alto, CA full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    beautiful city to work in

    Cons

    low pay compared to other Cities/Counties in the area

    City of Palo Alto, CA2019-01-13
  4. "Resource Planner"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, broad responsibilities, some good people

    Cons

    Poor leadership, poor culture, understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Value and trust your employees, and review and remove some managers

    City of Palo Alto, CA2018-12-23
  5. "Maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Coworkers on vacation too often

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing

    City of Palo Alto, CA2018-08-17
  6. "Recreation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at City of Palo Alto, CA part-time

    Pros

    Great collaborative staff. Union!

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward role opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and hear them out

    City of Palo Alto, CA2017-12-06
  7. "Library employee"

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

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

    Pros

    great co-workers, good benefits, nice facilities to work in

    Cons

    lack of communication between management and staff, no clear/cohesive vision for library services, very heavy workload, managers need better training

    Advice to Management

    Value employee loyalty and hard work. Give employees a say in their career and tasks when possible. See employees as people with talents and feelings rather than chess pieces to move around.

    City of Palo Alto, CA2017-12-06
  8. "GREAT!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA part-time

    Pros

    A great place for teenagers to work and get some experience

    Cons

    Swim Lessons are a must as a Instuctor

    Advice to Management

    Remain organized!

    City of Palo Alto, CA2017-05-03
  9. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA full-time

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, good projects, good computers & analysis programs, office location, other engineers are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Very cheap 401k (1%!), owner is moody and many times angry, incompetent wife is in the office every day, do not expect raise (even cost of living) or bonus, long hours - 8 billable hours each day required - if you work here you will learn not to think of a future with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your engineers! It's not the Toyota way to treat the engineers like you want them to go away. Engineers are not the problem. Look in the mirror.

    City of Palo Alto, CA2017-05-12
  10. "The City of Palo Alto"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Palo Alto, CA full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits- cal pers

    Cons

    not much room for growth as everything is based on seniority

    City of Palo Alto, CA2017-04-26
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