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Updated May 23, 2022

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3.7
78%
Recommend to a Friend
54%
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City of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (no image)
Jenny Durkan
73 Ratings

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Pros
  • "great benefits and time off(in 106 reviews)
  • "There are loads of resources if you seek them out and the pay is very good.(in 42 reviews)
  • "Some great people to work with (usually the individual contributors) and it's interesting to see how a city operates.(in 40 reviews)
  • "Work life balance is great and you never have to talk your work home with you.(in 25 reviews)
  • "Naturally, lots of exposure to all kinds of professions due to a dense work environment.(in 12 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Good Company

    Mar 25, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Coworkers are nice, good job environment

    Cons

    With the West Seattle bridge out, the commute is not the best.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Good work life balance

    Apr 13, 2022 - Strategic Advisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance, kind and caring colleagues who care about our work and aren't phoning it in

    Cons

    Low compensation. I now make around $140k for my role but I get offers in the private sector for closer to $750k. I'm leaving ASAP, which is once my pension vests, my Landed home loan is paid off, and I am done with PSLF and my giant student loan is forgiven.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Police Lieutenant

    May 18, 2022 - Police Lieutenant 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Lot of politics in the area.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    City of Seattle

    May 3, 2022 - Sr supervisor 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good work environment, Cutting edge Technology

    Cons

    High cost of living, Not a lot of sunshine

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Make a difference in the lives of children , youth, and their families while earning a living wage

    Jan 29, 2022 - Education Programs Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    You can earn a living wage while doing some good in the world. Great benefits package and generous paid leave. Access to company car and discounted transit pass. The workforce and the community you serve are very diverse. Duties are split between working in an office and out in the public. Being a civil service job you may have access to some college loan forgiveness programs.

    Cons

    The work is ever changing and can be highly political at times. Department direction and leadership is subject to change with each new Mayoral administration. Due to the ever changing and high paced nature of the work transparency and communication sometimes gets compromised.

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  6. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Management treats you very poorly

    May 23, 2022 - Warehosue Executive 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good Benefits, that is about it

    Cons

    Management cant work together and the team moral suffers from their poor communication.

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Racist, anti-white, anti-Christian

    May 4, 2022 - Firefighter/EMT 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Pay was the only decent thing

    Cons

    Constant mandatory anti-white training that they call Race and Social Justice Training. Fired hundred of people for not getting a vaccine that is proven to not prevent or slow the spread. Even though the medical services officer and hundreds of firefighters had genuine concerns that fell of deaf ears.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Departments Vary

    Apr 5, 2022 - Senior Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    There are loads of resources if you seek them out and the pay is very good.

    Cons

    Every department, division, and office is different and there is no continuity or cohesion.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great

    Apr 13, 2022 - Land Use Planner in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I like working here, and will continue to do so.

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons.

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  10. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    City work

    May 15, 2022 - Strategic Advisor II in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    They pay and benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    Politics over policy and logic; which is bad business and toxic to work environment

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City of Seattle Reviews FAQs

City of Seattle has an overall rating of 3.7 out of 5, based on over 574 reviews left anonymously by employees. 78% of employees would recommend working at City of Seattle to a friend and 57% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -4% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, City of Seattle employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at City of Seattle. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

78% of City of Seattle employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated City of Seattle 3.9 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.6 for culture and values and 3.7 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at City of Seattle to be career development, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be senior leadership, culture, management.

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