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City of Portland (Oregon) Reviews

Updated November 23, 2017
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  1. "Admin Assist"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Interesting environment.

    Cons

    Lots of talk about tolerance, but only if you think like the majority.


  2. "City of Portland"

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    Current Employee - Tech Inspector in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Tech Inspector in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Portland (Oregon) part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Love the work I do

    Cons

    No full time positions in my location.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Recreation Leader in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Recreation Leader in Portland, OR
    Recommends

    I worked at City of Portland (Oregon) part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Paid reliably and well
    Great supervisors and co-workers
    Fun, open-minded environment

    Cons

    Not enough consistent hours. I would have liked to work more.


  4. "Political environment"

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

    I worked at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time

    Pros

    Compensation. Base salaries good. Working for your community.

    Cons

    Workload high. High seasonal hiring demands. Inefficient recruiting and posting requirements make it difficult for hiring managers to hire quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Onboarding employees is very important to ensure success


  5. "Police officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are decent and the opportunity for overtime is good.

    Cons

    You aren't promoted based on skill level or achievement but more on political views and who your friends are in management.


  6. "City of Portland Internship"

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

    I worked at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Really willing to help me learn during my internship. They were also really flexible with my school schedule

    Cons

    No cons to working as an intern with the city


  7. "Bureau of Development Services"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent medical benefits, holiday pay, vacation, challenging work, great co-workers.

    Cons

    Government agency with slow processes in bureaucracy. Not forward thinking but reactionary management style.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what your direct reports are telling you.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good pay, relaxing job for many, but corrupt work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Good pay, benefits, etc.
    -Co-workers are pretty chill typically.

    Cons

    -Widespread waste and mismanagement.
    -Widespread timesheet fraud (people not working their shift).
    -Widespread slacking on the job.
    -Some employees have very little responsibility or tasks assigned to them.
    -No training or learning opportunities.
    -No opportunities for advancement for most people.
    -Cronyism in management: they hire their friends and promote their friends and give them better opportunities over hard working staff.
    -Human resources is corrupt and ineffective. Union has so much power that they can't do anything as far as discipline.
    -Co-workers smoking pot on the job and run very long errands, sometimes up to an hour.

    Advice to Management

    How about you do your job and monitor employees and bring some discipline?


  9. "Performance engine, re-cycling the same old same old"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Training opportunities
    Stability
    Security
    Union protected (not for every employee though)

    Cons

    Lacks innovation - employees sit for meetings all day long without necessarily following through on new ideas.
    Highly Hierarchical
    Lacks diversity
    Bureaucratic bottle necks

    Advice to Management

    Work not only on the on-boarding, but also on general employee experience.

    Embrace diversity - Portland is increasingly becoming diverse.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Public Works Inspector"

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    Current Employee - Senior Public Works Inspector in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Public Works Inspector in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great team of people to work with. Good medical, dental and retirement benefits. Room for career advancement and promotions. Great opportunity to work with public.

    Cons

    Not a lot of overtime available. Have to deal with a lot of unsatisfied citizens. Have to work in the field even if the weather is very hot or cold.

    Advice to Management

    Working for the City of Portland is a great opportunity. There are more pros than cons. It consists of a lot of different bureaus so you can choose which bureau will match your personality and expectations.


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