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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. "Stable Easygoing Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Library Aide in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Library Aide in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, engaging atmosphere, great perks, room for growth.

    Cons

    Is subject to budget cuts by the city which can jeopardize your employment.

    Advice to Management

    Great job!


  2. "Great place to work several years ago,but know City is reducing all employees salaries to balance the budget."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Greatpay and benefits, but know everything is being reduced due to budget cuts

    Cons

    City Government has recommended downsizing of all departments

    Advice to Management

    Consider alternative ways to keep public sector workers on the job without overly demanding pay cuts.


  3. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, friendly staff

    Cons

    Rigid salary schedules, not much incentive for pay increase

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of (or modify) the seniority rules for laying off people


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  5. "Good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work out of college. Unfortunately with the city budget unstable many people were laid off during my time there. Had a lot of opportunity to learn new things but not much career advancement opportunity. The department trusted interns with lots of tools and information that made for a great experience. People working there are very pleasant.

    Cons

    Very little career advancement options. Hired from the outside.

    Advice to Management

    Consider interns for positions.


  6. "From bad to worse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Mechanic in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Plant Mechanic in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a large municipalite and you are going to make a lot of friends along the way and you will probly be in a large department that is sorrounded by other even larger departments. The experience gained here will usefull when better jobs and working inviroments come knocking and you will be capable to promote at other companies.

    Cons

    The city of san jose has ellected to solve there poor managing of tax payers funds by cutting all city employees pay and beniffits. The city will continue to take from its employees at any cost to provide for the political machine that is so self asorbed that the future of this city will be a down fall at all levels. Boast that it is the capital of every thing but will end up being the capital of highest taxes and lowest service in Ca. Just hope i can find a new job ASAP

    Advice to Management

    Hope you know how to get work done when all that is left is the incompetent over strenght managment that provides only for them selfs


  7. "layoffs are hurting morale a lot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the benefits are great, but we have recently handed over a 10% salary and benefits reduction to aleviate budget issues. This has not been the case with public safety unions, who are giving over 4%.

    Cons

    layoffs tend to be from the bottom, not at all from the top. still many levels of useless management are left, while the people who actually do the work are the first to go. typical government stuff.

    Advice to Management

    start laying off equally from the top, so the budget pain is shared.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Salary decent, growth opportunities nil, extremely frustrating place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, very high intelligence level for staff, employees completely dedicated to public service. Physical environment is a good clean workplace; you feel safe going to and from work.

    Cons

    Management stuck in the past; refuses to hear new ideas. Only concerned with maintaining control and their own positions. The City has unlimited opportunity for growth and attracting new, innovative business and visitors but their refusal to move forward or move at all is discouraging to staff and off-putting to businesses. Staff members are frustrated and now, after labor negotiations, insulted and no longer trust management. More and more employees are leaving to start their own small businesses.

    Advice to Management

    Move forward or get out of the way. You have an incredibly talented group of employees but those with the least imagination are the employees that get promoted. Staff no longer trust leadership; your best and brightest are leaving for more open-minded organizations or to start their own businesses. There is a train coming folks; either get on board or get run over.


  9. "Started off well, then the budget mess hit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits, good location to work. People are generally highly educated and the workforce is diverse.

    Cons

    The upper management is not good. Logic free zone in decision making, No clue whatsoever about what middle managers actually need to do their jobs. Lots of talk, little action.

    Advice to Management

    Get real.


  10. "work here if you only want a paycheck"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, benefits and security of a Government job.

    Cons

    The attitude of employees and the feeling that they have a right to their job no matter what their job performance actually is. The adversarial relationship between employees and management.

    Advice to Management

    Use performance based pay and benefits. Improve accountability in all levels of management including fiscal disclosure. Improve project management skills of supervisors and managers.


  11. "Interesting and challenging work..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Librarian I in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Librarian I in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good. Innovative library.

    Cons

    Poor communication and decision making by HR. Cronyism in promotion decision making.
    I saw very intelligent, accomplished individuals who comtributed to the library in a very innovative way passed over for promotion.

    As for the library, focus on customer service is good (San Jose Way). The problem is that the resources, focus, and energy of management is directed to helping "the customer" with low level requests such as paying fines and answering easy directional questions and finding books on the shelf. They DO NOT encourage asking research questions and spending time with a customer as a more traditional Librarian would do. By taking the focus away from research and the librarian, they can stretch their personnel dollars by hiring fewer librarians.

    Advice to Management

    Work on open communication. Facilitate different kinds of questions and interactions from customers in the branches.


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