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City of Seattle Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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Pros
  • The benefits and understanding of desire for work life balance are good (in 29 reviews)

  • Flexible schedules, competitive pay and benefits (in 15 reviews)

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

  • Lack of trust from upper management makes for a toxic envirinment (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Bad Program Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Vacation days
    People are cool to work with

    Cons

    Many people do not act with a sense of urgency about anything.

    Advice to Management

    Hire talent within as opposed to outsiders who take a long time to ramp up on the ins and outs of navigating the bueracracy


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great Health Insurance and Executive Leave
    Working on important issues

    Cons

    Dealing with political aspects of working at the city

  3. "Great place to gain public sector experience"

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    Current Employee - End User Support Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - End User Support Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned so much on the job and work was not as fast paced as a lot of tech jobs. The people were great to work with, too. Even the CTO said 'hello' when he walked by.

    Cons

    Sometimes getting the tools needed to do the job was a little tough.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people and speed up the hiring process. Also, hire internally more often.


  4. "Great palce to work and play!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Great People , passionate about with they do for Seattle's Parks

    Cons

    Upgrade cell phones, cant text on flip phones, bad service


  5. "Engineering Aide"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Aide in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering Aide in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work environment, laid back bosses

    Cons

    Repetitiveness, Bureaucracy, Need approval for everything


  6. "Senior Management Systems Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Management Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Management Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and generally open-minded, liberal business practices

    Cons

    Entrenched culture of work silos hard to breakdown for optimal business efficiency and impact

    Advice to Management

    Think laterally


  7. "SR PR Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits at this job.

    Cons

    Would like to be more part-time.

    Advice to Management

    Would like to see more flexiblity

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Top Down Incompetence at City Light"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The usual stuff - deent pay and benefits, good coworkers, vibrant city, the work is important, stability, union protection from abusive management...

    Cons

    It's amazing the lights are still on. This is the most dysfunctional electric utility in the country. Every department is broken. There is tremendous waste everywhere you look. The previous general manager gutted the systems and removed all of the knowledgeable people but refilled the place with imcompetent officers and directors. Some are straight up unethical. Favoritism, cronyism, nepotism, shady bookkeeping, retaliation, chaos, the list goes on and on.

    Advice to Management

    To the new GM - If you read this message in a bottle know that we are looking to you for hope. You have a nest full of vipers. There a few worth saving but the others will bring you down. You've been very quiet. We hope it's because you've been studying and strategizing. You need to act soon. The cancer is spreading.


  9. "Good opportunity, Great People, Unsupportive Management"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay, Steady Raises, Flexible Schedule and Vacation. One of the best retirements in WA State (401k, pension, SSI)

    Cons

    Management brushes stuff under the rug too often and doesn't support employees well or take time to understand the core of issues in order to make informed decisions

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees or you will loose them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership is lacking"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility in scheduling, great benefits, many peers with public interest goals, decent pay. Great entry-level employer. Great city and great location

    Cons

    IT consolidation has been a nightmare. In general, upper management seems only to care about their politics rather than the well being of the staff


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