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City of Seattle Reviews

Updated July 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is great and you never have to talk your work home with you" (in 36 reviews)

  • "Flexible schedules, competitive pay and benefits" (in 15 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. "Electrical engineer"

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

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits
    Great pay
    Fun work environment

    Cons

    Too political
    So much regulations that doing your job can get sort of stressful


  2. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    the people.pay. benefits. management

    Cons

    If you hate government work not the place for you

  3. "Good benefits, horrible bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits including sick leave, vacation time, and health. Fairly informal work environment.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Everything takes a long time and change comes slowly.


  4. "Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    - Working in a diverse environment
    - Great pay and benefits
    - Many opportunities to grow

    Cons

    - Some employees seem like they are just in it just for the benefits


  5. "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth, diversity work

    Cons

    Bureaucracy & unions, negative employees


  6. "Data Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst 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

    Age friendly workplace -- good retirement benefits.

    Cons

    More difficult (red tape) to request for position upgrade than in private sectors.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, although the benefits were far more expensive than needed. Other places pay much less for the same benefits....

    Cons

    I left an executive position behind because I was mislead about the position. I later found out they lied and every project was on fire beyond rescue, when they told me they were great. Was told a promotion would happen right away. Turns out all the other new hires were told the same thing and none of it was true...

    The management in IT was junior at best. The IT consolidation was a disaster. I found a lot of the managers were hired with no previous experience for their roles by friends and family.

    They key to moving up here is to outlast everyone. In 20 years, you can be a Director. Mind you the people with talent will make executive for far more pay in far less time and will actually earn it on merit.

    HR is mediocre. Protects lazy and bad behavior such as peers yelling and practically challenging each other to fight, etc. No accountability whatsoever. Long time employees can do whatever they want without any repercussions, they are Royalty protected by HR.

    Waste of tax payer dollars.

    Advice to Management

    None, they are too inept to listen anyways.

  8. "Computer Systems Analyst"

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

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Ability to train other skills through out of class assignments.

    Cons

    Hard work goes unnoticed and promotion is driven by politics.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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