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City of San José Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  • 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. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "Recreation Leader"

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    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


  4. "Best Job"

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    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

    Know what to expect
    Great pay
    Lots of support

    Cons

    Depending on job title your limited to contract hours per year


  5. "Network Tech"

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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

    Pros

    Good Holiday/Sick and Paid time off

    Cons

    No Room for advancement. When you start at Tech, you will stay at Tech.


  6. "City of San Jose is A-Okay"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance (excluding Budget Office). Upward mobility. Big city problems to work on. Good coworkers, for the most part.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy means that things can move slowwwly. Some employees who are "lifers" are disengaged and are like a cancer to the organization. Tight budget means that you may not get all of the tools needed to do your job.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage the Department Directors to be more engaged with the rank-and-file employees - there is a pretty big disconnect. Tell the attorneys to loosen up so that we can get more done.


  7. "landscape designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    have a lot of projects to work on

    Cons

    not well organized and bad training program.

    Advice to Management

    supervisors need to learn how to supervise and how to be leaders instead of just micromanage. Company should provide more company structure and procedure training.

  8. "Recreation Leader"

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

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

    Pros

    I meet lots of diverse people

    Cons

    Due to bureaucratic reasons, the city is often slow and progressing on projects.


  9. "Upward Mobility, Decimated Retirement Benefits"

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    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.


  10. "Urban Policy Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Exciting growth opportunity for a large metropolitan city

    Cons

    High cost of housing is a challenge.


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