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City of San José Reviews

Updated April 2, 2017
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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. "Recreation Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Upward Mobility, Decimated Retirement Benefits"

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    • 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. "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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  5. "Love the City"

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    • 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!


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

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    Current Employee - Senior Event Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Event Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    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.


  7. "Part-Time Unbenifited"

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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 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.


  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great flexiblity, hours, pay. My manager was nice

    Cons

    hard to advance. few openings for transition into full time


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Landscape Architect"

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    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


  10. "Recreational Leader"

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    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.


  11. "City of San Jose"

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    • 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.


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