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City of Seattle Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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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 15 reviews)

Cons
  • After a while you realize no one takes you seriously because you're an intern (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of trust from upper management makes for a toxic envirinment (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. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "This place is a black hole - keyarena"

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

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    I can't think of one good thing, other than getting the crappy paycheck, what a dump

    Cons

    Racist manager, manager who never shows up, unsafe work environment, people get in and stay the night, the manager needs to go. Period.

    Advice to Management

    You have so much dirt on each other.


  6. "Boring"

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

    Pros

    Really nice people, lax and chilled out

    Cons

    everything moves super slow-- like so slow


  7. "Solid!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Many friendly people who truly care for the people in the city, great pay, great office environment.

    Cons

    Can be very bureaucratic at times

  8. "Great Place to Retire"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirement
    Work Live Balance
    Job Security

    Cons

    People get away with being not productive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep young people in charge and change the culture.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Seattle Department of Human Resources - not family friendly"

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

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Staff support each other, the work is important to the community.

    Cons

    Despite championing diversity and publishing an entire report on how to make the City a more inviting place for women to work, the Seattle Department of Human Resources has put several policies into place that discourage women for taking time off to care for children and families. They are in the process of taking away flexible work hours and there is absolutely no tel-commuting offered.

    Advice to Management

    If you implement policies that don't allow parents some flexibility to tend to children or elderly parents, then your "support" of diversity and closing the gender wage gap is just lip-service.


  10. "Student Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive salary, work-life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, not many opportunities for promotion


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