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City of Seattle Reviews

Updated Feb 9, 2020

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3.3
52%
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City of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (no image)
Jenny Durkan
21 Ratings
  1. "20 Years Behind as a Utility"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and pension. Medical great.

    Cons

    Terrible utility, at least 20 years behind industry. Lead be incompetent officer/ceo. They hire a person from Kansas and he's just worthless. I think they pay him to look good is all, does nothing and I'm not sure if he knows anything either. POS

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    City of Seattle2020-02-10
  2. "Sfd"

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    Current Employee - Firefighter 

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great job great people great benefits

    Cons

    I love everything about this job

    City of Seattle2020-02-10
  3. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle part-time

    Pros

    Stable and lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Somewhat bureaucratic but to be expected

    City of Seattle2020-02-03
  4. "keep work ethic strong, have integrity"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary/Benefits / paid holidays / vacation are all outstanding Working with skilled tradespeople of integrity makes the work even more rewarding

    Cons

    there is NO collaboration, NO honest communication and NO consistency from the majority of managers encountered

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    City of Seattle2020-01-31
  5. "A stable dead-end"

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    Current Employee - SDCI in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits & pension, many workers who want to contribute and make the city a better place.

    Cons

    Considering being in a tech hub, any IT support is impossible, and the software is a nightmare that was not thought out or implemented appropriately. As a band-aid to this huge problem the City has just decided to cherry pick "strategic advisors" with no technical background to add yet another layer of bureaucracy and red tape to getting IT help. HR (all white, btw) is on some fake social justice crusade and actively discourages advancement based on favoritism politics and avoid email to not get caught. Minimum qualifications only apply for certain *types* of people. They removed any training/college assistance. Opportunity to participate in programs is also cherry picked. They only chance you have to progress in professional development is if HR favors you or your demographic. There is very little opportunity to work with other teams, and many don't have any idea what another team does. The fragmentation leads to inefficiencies and distrust. The offices are segregated by income. As typical with most government agencies, there are many "tenured" employees buying time/hoarding money until retirement who resist technology and process improvement. Management is unable or unwilling to address this.

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    City of Seattle2020-01-24
  6. "Impactful work"

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    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    Impactful work with a passionate team

    Cons

    Pay is less than competitive

    City of Seattle2020-01-07
  7. "Generally competitive compensation when benefits are factored in"

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    Current Employee - IT Professional - B 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Diverse workforce, generally good benefits (excellent healthcare). Depending on manager and position, the option for a flexible work schedule (4/10 or 9/80). Increasing paid vacation time with length of service. If you are in a non-exempt position, you have the opportunity to be represented by a union. Like many government agencies, this is one of the few employers left that provides a defined benefit pension plan. City leadership believes strongly in equitable compensation across gender and ethnic background and has taken concrete steps to narrow wage gaps.

    Cons

    Some inefficient processes and organizational structure. For IT Professionals, you are no longer employed by a home executive department (Police, Fire, Parks, SPU, SCL, etc.), but by a new IT Department that attempts to serve all departments with citywide teams. While this sounds good in theory, the departments have wildly different needs and lots of institutional knowledge has been lost as employees have been shuffled around. Some of the potential perks of working at the city depend on your manager and whether they're willing to defend a request to work remotely or on a flex schedule. Compensation is based almost solely around job classification and length of service, rather than experience and skill set, and raises once hired are practically unheard of (other than small, union negotiated Cost of Living Adjustments, referred to by management as Annual Wage Increases).

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    City of Seattle2020-01-02
  8. "okay work"

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    Former Employee - Dispatcher I 

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of opportunity for OT, great benefits

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Tons of mandatory OT. Shift work hours

    City of Seattle2019-12-27
  9. "It's fine"

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    Current Employee - Senior Planning & Development Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    stable, low stress, convenient, friendly

    Cons

    no advancement, lack of direction, conflicting

    City of Seattle2019-12-04
  10. "Great employer"

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    Current Employee - Legislative Aide 

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    The City is a great place to work. They have great benefits and support employees.

    Cons

    Working as a legislative aide is very dependent on who your boss. I've loved my boss, but the role changes a lot based on who you work for.

    City of Seattle2019-11-26

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