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City of Seattle Reviews

Updated March 19, 2019
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is great and you never have to talk your work home with you" (in 39 reviews)

  • "Flexible schedules, competitive pay and benefits" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "The opportunity for advancement is slim" (in 4 reviews)

  • "After a while you realize no one takes you seriously because you're an intern" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Structural Plans Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Overtime pays 1.5 times your rate but working OT is not mandatory.

    Cons

    Reviewing plans can get monotonous.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees’ requests.


  2. "High pay rates; political game influence"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    High pay rates and some strong teams dedicated to public service

    Cons

    Political and management power plays interfere with honest communications

  3. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Strategic Advisor
    Former Employee - Strategic Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relative job security, decent benefits

    Cons

    Activity clogged entirely with politics and appearances, nowhere near enough focus on productivity

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting things done. Fix or eliminate the large number of bad apples.


  4. "Assistant City Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Assistant City Attorney
    Former Employee - Assistant City Attorney

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    SCAO is a great place to work

    Cons

    Work in silos. White and polite. Isolating. Minimal institutional knowledge shared

    Advice to Management

    Actually apply RSJI initiative to all work of SCAO. Minimal diversity.


  5. "DON'T WORK HERE"

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    Current Employee - SA II
    Current Employee - SA II
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Healthcare cost and out of pocket expense

    Cons

    Everything else: workplace culture, the opportunity for advancement, etc.

    Advice to Management

    In order to change the culture, you have to get rid of all the management. Very similar to exterminating a pest problem. You can't fix it by getting rid of a few.


  6. "Use your leadership tools"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, vision, and mission

    Cons

    HR is terrible and wasteful.


  7. "Meter reader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, upper management is nice, good work life balance

    Cons

    Some things progress slow to get done, working outdoors in the weather during winter time.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Alot of sitting around"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I'm not sure, besides the pay and benefits are ok.

    Cons

    Catty environment. People are all out to get one another. No one is honest. Watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Be human. Represent your self accordingly. Be clear and concise with expectations.


  9. "system analyst"

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

    Pros

    The city is trying hard to be inclusive and address hiring inequality, pay inequality and issues within the city and the structure of city government. Benefits are good. Work life balance is valued whether or not the area you are in recognizes the idea. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Sometimes the city can't get out of its own way. way too long of a probation period. way too high of a hiring bar considering what type of work you'll be doing.

    Advice to Management

    If you say you want people to succeed and you have a really long probation period, it's wise to stand behind the new hire and see that they succeed.


  10. "Gubment"

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

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Good, steady employment that pays well.

    Cons

    Sloooow process, no bonuses. Very slooow.