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City of San José Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance (excluding Budget Office) (in 7 reviews)

  • Lots of vacation, holidays and good benefits (in 5 reviews)

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

  • Long hours, flaky employees, everyone takes long lunches and leaves early (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Summer Intern - Department of Transportation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Kind management and very simple work.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is too boring.


  2. "Upward Mobility, Decimated Retirement Benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Geographic Systems Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Geographic Systems Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of retirements and movement means good chance of upward mobility for hard workers.
    The GIS teams embrace new technology and provide lots of training.
    Interesting and varied projects.
    Management looks for opportunities to advance individual's skillsets and careers.
    Friendly staff.

    Cons

    City of San Jose reformed pensions a few years ago and decimated retirement benefits.
    Extra large workload means continuously having a to do list.
    GIS is not centrally controlled, funding can be tough to find.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more support staff.


  3. "I love what I do and the the people I work with. I have had the opportunity to address many challenging situations."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Event Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Event Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and the opportunity to make a difference with the community. Flexible work schedule and wonderful upper management. Lots of vacation, holidays and good benefits.

    Cons

    High rate of vacancies so everyone is working with less which is exhausting over time. Change is slow to come and you have to know people across disciplines to find solutions within the system.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to support vacancies and fund much needed support.


  4. "Part-Time Unbenifited"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great fir a college student schedule. You can be a full time student work part time and still make a good amount of money. Great pay for only a high school diploma/GED required.

    Cons

    restricted to a "1040" meaning you can only work 1040 hours a year, during the school year you don't get to work long hours so the paychecks aren't as nice as during summer. During summer when you are available to work longer hours they still restrict you.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Landscape Architect"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Landscape Architect in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Landscape Architect in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of San José (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Experience working on a variety of projects
    Access to a broad range of resources

    Cons

    Employees not valued
    Lacks culture of employee engagement and retention
    Bureaucracy stifles creativity

    Advice to Management

    Listen and respect employee input
    Recognize and value employees who go above and beyond their job duties


  6. "City of San Jose"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great co-workers, very rewarding to be able to help others.

    Cons

    lack of support from the Mayor and City Counsel. Lack of safety at the work site, should have better building security.


  7. "PT Office Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of San José part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, get to learn a lot of new things, no micromanager

    Cons

    Upper management does not always know what they are doing, and blame others for mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Needs more collaboration from everyone. Needs to provide constructive feedback as well as praise, so employees know what to focus on and most importantly to know that they are valued.


  8. "Engineering Trainee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Trainee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Trainee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits! The City of San Jose offers generous benefit packages to employees. Human Resources is friendly and available. Overall, working for the city is a great opportunity.

    Cons

    The City of San Jose, like any government institution, can move slowly. Due to the political nature surrounding any public project, many factors can slow work down.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to provide to management. The time that I spent at the City of San Jose was spent well with good coworkers and excellent upper management.


  9. "Recreation Leader"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recreation Leader in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Recreation Leader in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You gain a huge network in not just your specific department, but other departments, as well

    Cons

    It is difficult to move up in the ranks without seniority

    Advice to Management

    There may be rookie employees who can perform the duties of a job more efficiently and effectively than a senior employee if they were just given a chance


  10. "Okay for part-time job, not okay for long-term employment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recreation Leader in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Recreation Leader in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at City of San José (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had a chance to work for a government agency and get to work with the community members as well as develop good relationships with quite a few of the clients at the local community center. My particular position also allowed me to cross-train with other departments.

    Cons

    Well, for my Recreation Leader position, as a part-time un-benefited worker, one is limited to working 1040 hours per year (or about 20 hours per week), and even though the pay is fine ($19-20 per hour depending on your actual position/department), it's not nearly enough to make ends meet with the extremely high cost of living around this area.

    Also, when working and cross-training at the animal shelter (San Jose Animal Care Center), there were too many politics and cliques that formed over the years I was involved. Always overwhelmed with things to do and never was really appreciated for all my hard work.

    So few opportunities for advancement within City of San Jose to begin with. Those are so hard to come by, especially if you are looking for something full-time and with regular hours.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure your whole system for benefits and number of hours that one can work. Put tax money to better use and especially for those constantly working so hard!


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