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City of San José Reviews

Updated November 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance (excluding Budget Office) (in 9 reviews)

  • There are some great people working for the City, and there are many opportunities to learn (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Event Captian"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Staff, Excellent Events, Excellent co workers

    Cons

    One Crazy Boss, shift times 5:30pm-3:00Am on occasion

    Advice to Management

    New boss


  2. "Recreation Leader"

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    • 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

  3. "Library Page"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Only writing this review because I was forced to to review employers on this site ;-( Co workers are awesome

    Cons

    Unsure since I don't have a full time position


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic work place with competent managers. Great to get experience and move within the city.

    Cons

    Compensation - needs to be competitive with neighboring cities .


  5. "Recreation Leader"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Recreation Leader
    Current Employee - Recreation Leader
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Love working with kids! and Love workin for the city. WIN-WIN for me.

    Cons

    I work part-time, so theres a cap with hours. Other than that, I haven't come across any major cons.


  6. "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!


  7. "Library Page (Technical Services)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The work was fairly easy. If you enjoy quiet time, this job is enjoyable. There was not even a hint of conflict between coworkers. Everything ran smoothly. I listen to so much music and podcasts while i work.

    Cons

    Very repetitive work. It has an assembly line feel in the sense that you go from station to station, working on a single task for 1-2 hours at a time. Secluded from the rest of the library. Long sitting periods. Very quiet work environment. You basically whisper when you do talk to coworkers. Not a big deal though.

    Advice to Management

    Get a JamBox or some sort of speaker and have some background music. Changing the layout of the space could possibly make a more social environment.

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Groundsworker"

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    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


  10. "It Used To Be "5 Stars" (15 years ago)"

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

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

    Pros

    • Getting paid to help the community
    • A lot of staff turnover

    Cons

    • Very hierarchical organization
    • Somewhat low morale

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work amid the challenges


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