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City of San José Reviews

Updated July 18, 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. "Engineering Trainee"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  2. "Recreation Leader"

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    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

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

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    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!


  4. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, Great Experience For Young Professionals

    Cons

    New City Hall is under construction


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Groundsworker"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Groundsworker, Park Maintenance in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Groundsworker, Park Maintenance in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    40 hour work week, had benifits good work schedule. 6-2:30, M - F working at parks , libraries, and. Community. Centers and pocket parks

    Cons

    Prepare for retierment for seniors.

    Advice to Management

    Show appreciation to employees.more


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Cheap, unappreciative employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and chance of promotion.

    Cons

    Benefits come at a hefty price in deductions from employees pay check. Unlike other employers, the city of San Jose makes its employees pay a higher share of retirement and health care benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Quit scapegoating the employees for bad decisions by the Mayor, City Manager, City Council, and other managers who waste money on pet projects.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Share Your Talent and Expertise"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recreation Leader in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Recreation Leader in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The facility I taught my classes in was brand-new. Classes were designed for the community with age-appropriate guidelines. I was able to teach my classes around the framework given which was very rewarding. Supervisors (I went through a couple while I was there) were supportive and encouraging.

    Cons

    Safety was an issue. Many times we were left with young children and when an emergency came up, which there is always a chance where young children are involved, there were no Supervisors present at the facility.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that when unavailable, especially when young children are attending classes there, that there is someone in authority to speak on your behalf.

  8. "You can make a difference"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities, especially for people early in their careers, to get their hands on real projects and responsibilities that affect quality of life for a big city.

    Cons

    Red tape that comes with large organizations

    Advice to Management

    Break down silos, both vertical and horizontal.


  9. "Police"

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    Former Employee - Police Officer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Police Officer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Love the work miss it very much.

    Cons

    Politics with the city govt.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect.


  10. "Used to be better, now not so much."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Because of all the vacancies, there is room to advance if you can put up with the atmosphere.

    Cons

    The brain drain is actually a little bit frightening. There are very few left with appropriate levels of experience.


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