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Updated April 6, 2018
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Pros
  • Work life balance is great and you never have to talk your work home with you (in 35 reviews)

  • Flexible schedules, competitive pay and benefits (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • In general, upper management seems only to care about their politics rather than the well being of the staff (in 6 reviews)

  • After a while you realize no one takes you seriously because you're an intern (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Lifegaurd"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work locations
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Routine certification renewal
    Low pay


  2. "Energy Market Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    The people here are supportive. Management allows for pretty good autonomy

    Cons

    No work from home options. Not as flexible as some others in the way of flexible start and stop times

    Advice to Management

    Could be better with encouragement of internal transferring

  3. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Autonomy, ability to build a strong team, nice benefits package for term-limited temporary employees (1-3 year appointments) and regular (permanent) staff.

    Cons

    Some of the stereotypical 'government' employee mindset - i.e. some employees appear to put in the bare minimum and/or are lacking in basic skills.


  4. "Just ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about working at the City are the benefits.
    Medical, Dental, Vision were top notch. I have not seen any other companies (including tech) that are on par with the City of Seattle.
    The City also offers a great pension plan, elective 401k plan. generous PTO with separate sick day allotment.

    Some city workers were generally nice but it depends on the department and the division within the department. It isn't surprising that the departments that had the nicer employees were citizen facing groups such as human services, early education.

    Otherwise the admin, back-office, IT, accounting depts had plenty of cantankerous, ornery, disagreeable workers.

    Cons

    Work culture is not very good. There are many antagonistic, cantankerous, snarky, and negative people across many departments who love playing office politics. If you decide to take a job at the City, be aware of this.

    Advice to Management

    Too many resources are spent on non-essential work and people. Shift your resources from the highly paid back-office employees to the divisions that directly serve the public such as human services, early education, parks, homelessness.


  5. "911 Dispatch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    It is a well paying job, and the benefits are very competitive. There are opportunities to advance in the career and plenty of training opportunities as well.

    Cons

    There is a lot of mandatory overtime which can impact your home and family , though it is also an opportunity to make extra money.

    Advice to Management

    "Remember thou art mortal." Everyone is human, every one makes mistakes from time to time, so it's good to remember that and stay human to your employees.


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at City of Seattle part-time

    Pros

    Great environment, awesome co-workers. I really felt appreciated in my work.

    Cons

    I didn't have any cons. This was a temp part-time job and I wish it could have been extended into full-time.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle part-time

    Pros

    Great working environment, great people, and robust support network.

    Cons

    Fragmented view of overall picture and goal of attorney's office; fragmented case flow for attorneys, and fragmented support network in prosecution support.

    Advice to Management

    To allow operations to be less fragmented, specifically in the criminal division, so that attorneys can follow a case from pre-filing procedures to filing to jury trial and have an incentive to be precise and accurate in their work, as well as a healthy attachment to the victims and witnesses involved. Also, allow for a less fragmented system for prosecution support to encourage higher quality work and more skilled workers to shine and for a healthier relationship between support staff.

  8. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Challenging assignments.
    Constant interactions with numerous city departments.

    Cons

    Insufficient orientation and on-boarding was provided.

    Advice to Management

    Provide sufficient orientation and on-boarding.


  9. "Parlegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging assignments, meeting people from all departments, health benefits, flexible work hours, free bus pass

    Cons

    Lack of respect to administrative staff, mismanagement, unclear expectations, lack of transparency, inconsistency between management expectations, low investment in positive workplace culture, disorganized in performance review structure, lack of recognition, overworked and low pay (max out after five years), no option to work from home, billable hours

    Advice to Management

    Provide employees a clear understanding of their role, job tasks, and performance expectations; promote growth, instead of boxing people in; communicate with your employees; stop treating admin staff like they are less worthy of dignity and respect because they are not attorneys; stop with the popular-crowd mentality


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits are great, accountability sadly negligible"

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    Former Employee - Decline to State in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Decline to State in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Truly great benefits package; some employees are exceptional co-workers; job stability.

    Cons

    Unmotivated co-workers who lack accountability; rigid, non-nonsensical rules with the excuse that "this is how it has always been done"; HR coddles people who have the slightest excuse for special treatment.

    Advice to Management

    Reward initiative rather than simply the time someone has spent in their position. Recognize and stop the bullying by dysfunctional employees. Live up to RSJI goals.


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