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City of San José Reviews

Updated November 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance (excluding Budget Office) (in 9 reviews)

  • There are some great people working for the City, and there are many opportunities to learn (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management does not always know what they are doing, and blame others for mistakes (in 4 reviews)

  • Unsure since I don't have a full time position (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "The experience was good for the most part"

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    Current Employee - Rec Leader in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Rec Leader in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of San José part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and duties. Great coworkers and supervisors. Can work from multiple locations through out the city for a nice change of scenery.

    Cons

    Limited amount if hours you can work per year. Lack of consistent hours can become an issue. You need to find hours yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more hours to be worked in a year.


  2. "Tier I"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Work/life balance
    Opportunities to growth
    Great coworkers

    Cons

    Tier II has changed some benefits that make attracting new employees more difficult

    Compensation (Hourly rate) for certain positions is not competitive with local market conditions (Skilled Trades) which makes hiring and retention extremely difficult

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your core services

  3. "Exciting work; Small town feel in big town city"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of San José full-time

    Pros

    As an entry-level planner, or relatively new planner, you are given the chance to work on major projects for the City. This can be very exciting and challenging environment.

    Very collaborative environment in the Planning Division and with other departments.

    Great benefits.

    Cons

    As is everywhere, planning is politics and there is a very large City Council that has a extremely active interest in planning. This means that not every project is a simple as it should be because there is pressure from elected officials to push projects a certain way.


  4. "Event Coordinator Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of San José part-time

    Pros

    It is awesome to work in the public sector to learn all the rules and regulations in permitting a special event.

    Cons

    Working with "lifers" that are not always passionate about their career.


  5. "For the love of puppies"

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    Former Employee - Animal Care Attendant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Animal Care Attendant in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at City of San José part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Encourage employees to stay longer then scheduled so more hours
    Caring and knowing animals are being well taken care of under your care
    Meetings hold opportunities to give insight on improvements (though they are hardly ever met)
    Staff Parking
    Shelter is by the Plant Shopping Center so a good variety of places to order from for your lunch break

    Cons

    'Mandatory' meeting every last Monday of the month that turns into a shift for every staff member
    Health Hazards due to minimal protection from mold, air pollutants (mist, steam, dust, etc..), sewage(flooding), and deceased.
    Stressful work environment from hierarchy micromanagement system
    Much of equipment is broken and leaking this really stresses out the animals
    Can not spend too much time on rooms that need it since we are expected to finish each section as fast as possible or it will result in a disciplinary consultation.
    No direct contact with management only through HR
    Your break starts as soon as you take off your gloves its a 10 minute roundabout walk to any break room or station leaving you 5 minutes to actually rest.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tell your first day recruits you don't need a reason to rid someone really shows the favoritism unfold.


  6. "Environmental Services Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at City of San José full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some great people working for the City, and there are many opportunities to learn. Pay is relatively competitive, and sick/holiday time is generous.

    Cons

    Department suffers from very poor leadership, resulting in a negative environment for staff across the department.


  7. "San Jose Finance"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Clerk in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Clerk in San Jose, CA

    I worked at City of San José full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, retirement, and a good work culture.

    Cons

    Had an issue with a former employee but HR helped resolve.

  8. "A good place to work for a few years"

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    Current Employee - Recreation Leader
    Current Employee - Recreation Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of San José part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really understanding, very helpful, high pay for low end work. Because of cost of living based wages, my usually 14$ an hour max job pays 22 an hour. If you work there for long enough, and you demonstrate that you're interested in advancing, you will advance.

    Cons

    Management gets relocated from site to site every few years, so there's no continuity. Pay gets less good for the work for your first few promotions.


  9. "Employment review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at City of San José full-time

    Pros

    There is good diversity in staff.

    Cons

    Some departments have a high employee turn over.


  10. "Recreation Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recreation Leader in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Recreation Leader in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of San José part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and the great pay

    Cons

    Difficult to move up to management positions


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