City of Seattle Reviews

Updated May 11, 2021

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Pros
  • "Help community, good work life balance(in 43 reviews)

  • "Great job great people great benefits(in 43 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The pay has not kept up with similar jobs in the private sector(in 7 reviews)

  • "In general, upper management seems only to care about their politics rather than the well being of the staff(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Place to work!

      Apr 21, 2021 - Intake Representative 
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      Pros

      Great Place to work. Prioritizing race and social justice.

      Cons

      The only con is the long commute if you don't live in Seattle.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Fair pay, non-stressful job

      May 11, 2021 - Student in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      good job for a student because they were very lenient about my hours.

      Cons

      I don't drive so i didn't live close to the working site, so this was a problem for me.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great values, beauracratic reality

      Apr 23, 2021 - IT Strategic Advisor in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      All departments and levels of the organization are very overt in messaging and valuing diversity, equity and inclusion; and central HR is actively moving meaningful initiatives forward to ensure that this vision becomes more practical. IT specifically takes its core functions seriously - there are centers of excellence for business analysis, program management and others, and reorgs seem to be centered on becoming more reflective of best practice. Work life balance is great here, and protected classes / minorities / women will find this a welcoming workplace that strives to be comfortable and safe. They offer a pension that couples with the State's system, and the optional deferred compensation system offers a government 457, which has unique tax benefits, as well as great index funds with very low fees.

      Cons

      Siloing isn't a bug, but a feature here, and a lot of departmental senior leadership are infernally good at mouthing the forward-thinking and socially conscious catch phrases, while also finding ways to spend most of their energy to maintain the status quo and/or kingdom build. It's easy to enter, but very difficult to move up, which is entirely and nakedly political in a way that no one seems particularly concerned about concealing. This creates an obvious and unresolved conflict between the values of equity the City espouses, and the way business is done, which is horse trading. Having said that, if you are an educated and ambitious person of color, a woman, or out and proud, this is the place to be. I have watched a dozen promotions of all kinds around me, and every one of them went to a woman and/or person of color. That's not a con - I'm balancing out the con I mentioned above with its bright side, that the politics here still seem to try as much as possible to right historical wrongs by elevating those who have been oppressed.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      A decent place to work

      May 7, 2021 - Boiler Inspector in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Good benefits, competitive pay, hard to get fired

      Cons

      Bureaucratic nightmare. Atmosphere of distrust.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing Job/Life

      May 4, 2021 - Retired in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Daily adventure, excellent pay schedule benefits, great people.

      Cons

      Increasingly complex rules and regulations triggered by overreacting to events: trying to avoid litigation, basically, by having policies for every eventuality that they can point to and say "see, we trained for that, not our fault!"

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      National Leader in Public Service

      May 4, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Lots of stability. Great pay. Public service values.

      Cons

      Government moves slowly, but the pros vastly outweigh the cons!

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Benefits, Hard to Move Up

      Apr 23, 2021 - Senior Civil Engineering Assistant in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Benefits, pay, union, quick pay increase, people are very motivated to make a difference in the city. I love the energy coworkers bring to the table.

      Cons

      Too much uncertainty, not enough support for employees to train and move up.

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      IT department is a sinking ship

      Feb 18, 2021 - Senior IT Professional in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Benefits are great. Pension, savings plan, very low cost health insurance, union membership, plenty of vacation. They really are top notch bennies.

      Cons

      This only really applies to the IT department, but it is an absolute mess. Constant reorganization, hiring and firing, and ill-conceived attempts to turn the City’s IT department into a “tech company.” Executives are shuffled around regularly when they’re inevitably unsuccessful in fixing the rot that plagues this department. The other City departments that rely on IT absolutely despise dealing with us because it’s such a mess. I feel bad for them. The organization is siloed to an extreme degree. Everyone knows the department is in bad shape, but they hold on for the benefits and because they’re vested in the pension plan. There are plenty of good and smart people working here, but they aren’t empowered to change anything. The impacts of COVID on the budget are going to make the problems even worse.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Seattle Review

      Apr 25, 2021 - Personnel Specialist in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Great work life balance. Has great opportunities and very open minded business model.

      Cons

      Can take time to complete assignments because of legality reasons.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Program Coordinator

      Apr 11, 2021 - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      The team environment is great.

      Cons

      The competition is really high.

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