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City of Seattle Reviews

Updated September 9, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is great and you never have to talk your work home with you" (in 37 reviews)

  • "Truly great benefits package; some employees are exceptional co-workers; job stability" (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "In general, upper management seems only to care about their politics rather than the well being of the staff" (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. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    the people.pay. benefits. management

    Cons

    If you hate government work not the place for you


  2. "Typical city/state government job"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Laborer for Parks and Recreation in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Laborer for Parks and Recreation in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can work as hard or as little as you want.
    Nice co-workers.
    Chances for advancement and permanent placement if you are a good worker. But rising higher in the ranks would take years due to the grinding wheels of government jobs.
    Nice environment working for Parks and Recreation at their lovely city parks.
    Nice job to just go home and forget all while still getting paid a decent wage.

    Cons

    A little disorganized in getting a new employee started, having documentation on how to do things, or explaining procedure.
    Seasonal employees usually have to work more than one season before getting a permanent job.
    Some of the old-timers really don't do much work and management doesn't seem to care.
    Supervisors are often just senior personnel but aren't really equipped for management. It's a product of city/state government-type jobs.
    Other new seasonal employees may shirk their duties and still somehow get a permanent job.
    Getting one of these jobs is really on a who you know basis.

    Advice to Management

    Get more organized in your onboarding procedures. Your team can be more successful if you present organization from the get go. Otherwise they'll just follow the chaos and decide to do just minimal work.

  3. "Lots of Growth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    There is lots of opportunities to learn and grow into new positions

    Cons

    disorganized when it comes to the systems used, lack of communication between departments


  4. "Senior Policy Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - Meaningful work, ability to impact city

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy
    - The City is behind in many ways including technology


  5. "Great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits and time off

    Cons

    stronger leadership and support for staff


  6. "GIS Analyst (Electrical Engineering Specialist)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great salary, great benefits, has a pension.

    Cons

    Office politics might not be a great fit for everyone. If you are not management, making that leap is difficult as they select management positions often from the outside.


  7. "Administrative Staff Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Staff in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Staff in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Many employees really care about making a difference in the quality of life for residents.

    Cons

    Too many people in higher level or management positions that are not suited to managing. There needs to be better training for managers. There also needs to be more opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    More training.

  8. "Backing Employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, medical, dental, vision, 401k matching, time off

    Cons

    Don't really back employees when employees are not wrong. Not in all cases, but it seems like it's a majority of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Back employees when they follow policy.


  9. "Executive"

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

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    diverse workforce high skill levels

    Cons

    very political, top heavy, workforce entitlement


  10. "Good benefits, horrible bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits including sick leave, vacation time, and health. Fairly informal work environment.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Everything takes a long time and change comes slowly.


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