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City of Portland (Oregon) Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Public Works Inspector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "The City that Doesn't Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer Technician II in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer Technician II in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are nice and the fact that there's no overtime for many positions. There are transfer opportunities pretty often, and the siren dress is pretty casual.

    Cons

    I woefully stand by as the city wastes tuns of money on technology misunderstandings. Each group functions in a vacuum and the interconnectivity is primitive. Any decisiveness to move away from this dysfunctional atmosphere is viewed as hostile.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making uneducated decisions on things you don't understand and realize that technology passed your level of utilization twenty years ago. Plan for the future, not the PR.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "If you can deal with the bureaucracy and bad apples, great place to work for..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay, benefits, vacation time, some really great co-workers

    Cons

    bureaucratic nightmare, shady dealings if you're injured on the job, several bad apple supervisors who can make your life hell, hard manual labor

    Advice to Management

    Be more communicative and open with your employees. It feels like everyone's constantly afraid of getting in trouble from higher up the ladder. This creates a culture of fear, which is not conducive to a comfortable work environment.


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    "Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Job security, good benefits, retirement, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Silo-based government gets in the way for bureau collaboration. HR culture is outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Need a revamp on performance management to gain better gage of actual performance in order to be fair in compensation. Need opportunity to be able to evaluate management by employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Leadership, Zero Innovation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Oregon in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Oregon in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension (PERS), Sick Leave
    Okay Vacation (PTO)

    Great place to work if you're looking for security and safety.

    Cons

    Each Bureau is Different, let me start with that. In my Bureau, we have pretty poor leadership. Everything is reactive. This is not an innovating culture. There is no strategic planning and very little communication around change initiatives. There is also very little professional development and almost no advancement opportunities.

    Leaders here don't lead - they manage. Most decisions are made within the context of the following two questions: How will this best serve my own personal interests? (90%); What is best for the citizens of Portland? (10%)

    The work itself is not very challenging. The problems are no complex if you are a logical thinker with a few iotas of common sense. This is not a place that you come to be creative.

    Performance Management does not exist here. The people who are really good at what they do usually leave within two years.


  7. "Great customer service"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Portland (Oregon) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Community focused
    Good pay
    Promote from within
    Flex hours

    Cons

    Lack of communication
    Division between operations and customer service

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. "Environmental Technician II"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, benefits, Pension

    Cons

    Lack of career development, Lack of movement in the organization (people sit in their jobs for years!)

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees through career development opportunities


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, and training opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of Portland (Oregon) (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great way to get career development.

    Cons

    Ageism and lack of diversity.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "great co-workers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Outreach and Information Representative in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Community Outreach and Information Representative in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    training, benefits, flexiblility of schedule

    Cons

    rare opportunities for advancement
    work environment could be better
    salary does not match corporate world


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great City, Great Employer Overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on what bureau or City office you land in, the vast majority of people love their jobs and are supportive and patient while the "newbie" learns the (often tangled!) ropes. There are also frequent opportunities for training and advancement which are announced on a regular basis.

    Cons

    It can be frustrating trying to work with and understand the processes that just don't make sense. You often get the answer "That's the way we've always done it." when you question these cumbersome and inefficient procedures. Get used to it.

    Advice to Management

    Ask your employees for suggestions and encourage honest feedback (anonymous is fine). Furthermore, ADDRESS THE THINGS THAT AREN'T WORKING OR MAKE NO SENSE. Or at least delegate SOMEBODY to do it!



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