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City of Seattle Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • The benefits and understanding of desire for work life balance are good (in 26 reviews)

  • Flexible schedules, competitive pay and benefits (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees are generally a lot older than college students (so it has an older office culture) (in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of trust from upper management makes for a toxic envirinment (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Capital Projects Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Capital Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Capital Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great advancement opportunities in the utility industry for women. Benefits were a big bonus and overall this is a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    For some advancement opportunities, higher education is required. There is some tuition reimbursement but my student loans are now pretty expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Stay committed to actually hiring the most qualified candidates based on time on job and performance. Continue to work on group moral.


  2. "manager 3"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and very vibrant community

    Cons

    Struggling with the unlimited growth, traffic, and strong city council

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people that work for you.


  3. "Electrical Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer 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

    "Great" work-life balance. Decent pay. Minimal micro-management

    Cons

    You literally learn nothing.


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  5. "Inspector"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inspector in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Inspector in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Enjoy the many different programs we administer. Ability to help customers understand the laws and regulations of the City and how they impact their specific situation.

    Cons

    Inexperienced management team. Poor team building makes for an "us vs them" attitude........

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff to do what they were hired to do, don't micro manage. Clear barriers so we can do to our jobs more efficiently. Address problems directly with the person(s) that are causing them to find solutions.


  6. "Admin Support"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    recently put to part time changes in organization new oppertunities

    Cons

    not enough to raise family

    Advice to Management

    communicate


  7. "Strategic advisor."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy the work, but sometimes the strategic agenda isn't clear. The benefits and understanding of desire for work life balance are good.

    Cons

    There are too many priorities that aren't changed as more assignments pop up. What is the overall goal of the city? Does this change with every mayor?

    Advice to Management

    Stick to job assignments. There are too many 'other duties as specified'. Otherwise, I enjoy the work.


  8. "Great place to develop skills and move up fast"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great pay. Amazing benefits, especially compared to the private sector. There is a huge need for young talent, so people really appreciate fresh ideas and new ways of doing things. Most roles here give you an enormous amount of agency and decision making power, which in turn can have a real impact on people's lives. There is an almost indescribeable amount of job satisfaction that comes from knowing that you are literally making a difference. There are certainly challenges, but I don't ever come home from work thinking my time has been wasted.

    Cons

    There are folks who have been here for decades and are attached to the status quo. Something you may hear a lot (especially if you are pushing for change, new systems or approaches) is "well we've always done it this way." That can be frustrating and requires some finesse/picking your battles. I would also say the way the city does promotions and new job opportunities is a little weird. As long as you are comfortable moving around (from department to department or into different rols) then you should be fine and move up fast. Don't listen to anyone who tells you there is a ladder you should follow.

    Advice to Management

    I wish there was a better family leave policy for new parents.


  9. "City Light"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Energy Management Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Energy Management Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Flex-time. Vacation approvals. Flex-schedule.

    Cons

    Slow to change. Sexist workplace for women. No promotional opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Become aware of who does what and who does nothing at all.


  10. "Well run city"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Management in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Financial Management in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable, decent pay and benefits, mainly nice people who care about their jobs. Defined benefit pension plan. Decent mix of long term and newer employees

    Cons

    If you like Seattle, it's a good place to work. Of course there is the bleak weather though much of the year.

    Advice to Management

    No real recommendations. Management of city is generally good. Of course many interests have to be balanced.


  11. "I like it"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is pretty good. People are good to work with.

    Cons

    Things can take longer to move. Sometimes more politics than you would care and IT positions are unionized


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