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City of Salem Oregon Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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  1. "Tries hard"

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    Current Employee - OK to Work for, But At the Whim of City Council
    Current Employee - OK to Work for, But At the Whim of City Council
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The current City Manager Linda Norris tries hard to wisely spend taxpayer dollars and avoid layoffs. Like to promote from within.

    Cons

    Political as all govt is


  2. "Senior Accounting Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at City of Salem Oregon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    • Skillfully worked 2 years in General Ledger Finance Department.
    • Prepared journal entries after researching transactions.
    • Prepared complex reconciliations.
    • Daily journal importing and posting.
    • Reviewed and analyzed fiscal reports for management.
    • Reconciled complicated Bail Refund, Workers Comp, and Casualty checking accounts.
    • Prepared and maintained spreadsheets for City bond issues and payments to be used in
    award winning CAFR. This was the first year GASB was to be implemented.
    • Received award for Financial Reporting Achievement from the GFOA.
    • AR-Loans and Assessments specialist for UR and PW loans including loan setup, servicing, collections, deposit preparation and reconciliation since April 1, 2003.
    • Assisted in implementation of new CDM system, setting up data base and reconciliation procedures for over $25 million in City loans and liens.
    • Daily reconciliation of AR, Cash Receipts, and Cashier till balancing and problem solving.
    • Cross-trained in Cashiering, Project/Cost Accounting and Purchase orders in FIMS.
    • Quarterly AR reconciliation to GL, monthly receivable Utility Billing reconciliation to GL, prepared Reconveyance documents, monthly CDM reconciliation and Downtown Parking Tax and EID billing and collection. City-wide collections reconciliation. Internal Controls education completed.

    Cons

    Not good work ethics in the office.

    Advice to Management

    I got a better job

  3. "Miserable dispatcher"

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    Former Employee - 911 Dispatcher in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - 911 Dispatcher in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at City of Salem Oregon (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health care, money and working with friends.

    Cons

    Dispatch is a horrible place to work with horrible management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like humans.


  4. "Police Department"

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    Current Employee - Civilian Employee in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Civilian Employee in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Depends on the department, can treat you like family.

    Cons

    Too large of a workload for amount of people working.


  5. "Great environment, rewarding work!"

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    Current Employee - QMHA in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - QMHA in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at City of Salem Oregon part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is always rewarding feeling like you're making a difference for clients and it's even better with a great team support beside you!

    Cons

    There can be divides between the various portions of the programs within the City of Salem which sometimes causes helping clients to be difficult.


  6. "I loved giving great customer service but management was very rigid."

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    Former Employee - Senior Accounting Assistant in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Accounting Assistant in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of Salem Oregon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I learned a lot about governmental accounting and received some training. The experience was overall pretty good. The benefits at the city were excellent as far as insurance and PERS went. I worked there for 13 years.

    Cons

    Very rigid office culture, micro-managing and the political circus were prevalent. My supervisor and I had a personality clash and she was always criticizing my work. I have never had problems with a manager before. I was always praised by previous supervisors about how well I was doing and how accurate my work was. I needed to take time for my MBA China Residency trip, but management would not approve the time off. With all the stress inflicted upon me daily I decided to give notice.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage critical thinking, allow employees to give input, encourage educational advancement.


  7. "Great work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    People and employee oriented management styles

    Cons

    None noteworthy for five words.

    Advice to Management

    None noteworthy

  8. Helpful (1)

    "The work can be good, but challenging. Middle management can make things intolerable."

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    Current Employee - Police Corporal in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Police Corporal in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are fairly good, but health care benefits continue to get worse, as elsewhere. Life/work balance is pretty good. The patrol schedule is 4/10 hour days. Shift work is difficult, but that's the line of work. Some opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Can be extremely political and still small town in outlook. Promotions often turn out to be based on who you are and who you are friends with. Discipline is extremely discretionary and often based on personal likes and dislikes.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at middle management. There are sergeants and lieutenants who have no business being police officers let alone being in management. Senior management is generally good.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "decent employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are above average. On surface they seem to be employee supportive. Just be aware that they have their own interests at heart and will do what they have to protect themselves.

    Cons

    Insurance coverage gets worse each year. Raises are few and far between for non union employees.


  10. "A good job with good people"

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    Current Employee - Web Architect in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Web Architect in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Reliable work environment with work life balance

    Cons

    Management and politics, little room for advancement, declining benefits and pay package


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