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Updated January 15, 2018
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Pros
  • Work life balance is great and you never have to talk your work home with you (in 32 reviews)

  • Flexible schedules, competitive pay and benefits (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of trust from upper management makes for a toxic envirinment (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. Featured Review

    "Capital Projects Coordinator"

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    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. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, some intern activities and outings, becoming a team member in your division

    Cons

    experience varies depending on the division you get

  3. "Nice job"

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    Former Employee - Principal Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent managers; real team spirit.

    Cons

    Don't always handle bad employees well.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead weight.


  4. "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


  5. "Great 3-year experience at City of Seattle"

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    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, depending on department. Lots of room to explore growth opportunities and temporary jobs across departments. Race and Social Justice Initiative is central to legislative and department policy-related work. Great health, pension, and vacation benefits.

    Cons

    City government is bureaucratic in nature, it can be slow to get things done or projects require multiple levels of management.


  6. "Stability within right department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Stability, Hours, Flexibility?

    Cons

    Micromanagement, Division among employees, Competition breeds poor work quality, Supervisors don't support employees instead the agenda of management

    Advice to Management

    Encourage better work relationships between employees, trust employees are doing the best job that they can with what they have, don't set rules which set employees up for failure, better communication and support to employees will establish employees that want to stay and work harder


  7. "Great benefits and pay, nice view"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    The medical and pay are above average. The location in downtown Seattle is stunning.

    Cons

    The culture can be one of passive-aggressiveness. Seattle Public Utilities does not value independent thinking

  8. "Denny Substation Sucking Up All The Money At City Light"

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

    Pros

    Good bennies and good people to work with down in the trenches. Seattle is a beautiful city in a beautiful region. There is stability and occasionally a sense of purpose.

    Cons

    Denny substation is devouring all of the money with very little to show for it. Everything else suffers and continues to fall apart. Amazon reaps all of the benefits while the poor schmucks who live outside of the downtown core get the shaft and have to subsidize it. Who decided to build this piece of garbage? It is a disgrace and a criminal act. Find the person responsible and prosecute her/him.

    Advice to Management

    Leave


  9. "Intermittent Lifeguard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle part-time

    Pros

    Good pay for reasonable amounts of work, generally flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Questionable management decisions, and unclear performance standards

    Advice to Management

    Conduct thorough interviews and follow up with references


  10. "Lifegaurd"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work locations
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Routine certification renewal
    Low pay


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