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City of San José Reviews

Updated December 13, 2016
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Pros
  • The people that do work here are great and the work-life balance is on par with any other city job (in 6 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. "Love the City"

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

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

    Pros

    Professional, Friendly Coworkers, Respectful, and accommodating. I love working for the city and I look forward to continuing my work in government in the future.

    Cons

    No cons at this time. It is an excellent place to work and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management other than to keep doing what you're doing. Support your employees and keep doing you!


  2. "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.


  3. "Part-Time Unbenifited"

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    • 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.


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  5. "Recreational Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recreational Leader
    Current Employee - Recreational Leader
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Pay and that's pretty much it.

    Cons

    Non appreciative and play favorites.


  6. "Great Experience!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Graduate Student in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Graduate Student in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City of San José as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    My internship provides a wide variety of tasks that have helped to build my growing set of skills.

    Cons

    My only complaint is the constraint that they place on the number of hours an intern is allowed to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Make sure that opportunity exists for your interns to shift into a full-time position if they exhibited quality work ethic and production.


  7. "Generally okay"

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

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

    Pros

    City work is rewarding
    Challenging Issues to tackle
    Generally good culture with great benefits package (health/dental/etc)

    Cons

    Long hours with limited time
    Underpaid for amount of work
    Should pay council staff more given the amount of work and the lack of union protections

    Advice to Management

    Generally you should invest more in staff and be willing to increase salaries. it is difficult for many city staff to live in San Jose given salaries and the cost of living.


  8. "Dysfunctional city government and backstabbing management"

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    • Culture & Values
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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

    My colleagues are great and they are very supportive. Free VTA passes have come in very handy. You have the opportunity to move around to different departments.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. They have the audacity to demote people after telling them they are in good standing. They have ridiculed and demeaned members of the staff publicly. They protect bad employees and push out good ones. They even managed to find a way to make the beloved coffee cart in the lobby not want to stay (they mishandled his contract and tried to jack up his rent). I suppose it depends on what department you are working in but I have never worked for a more dysfunctional city government. Big city politics are very real. Benefits are not very good (they keep getting less and less every year) and salary is not competitive. Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and dignity and keep an open mind. You reap what you sow.


  9. "Engineering Trainee"

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    • 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.


  10. "Contribute to the Community"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people. Work-life balance. Varied work.

    Cons

    Government salary is lower than private sector.


  11. "Recreation Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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



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