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City of Seattle Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • The benefits and understanding of desire for work life balance are good (in 25 reviews)

  • Flexible schedules, competitive pay and benefits (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees are generally a lot older than college students (so it has an older office culture) (in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of trust from upper management makes for a toxic envirinment (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Capital Projects Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist I
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist I
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salary, medical benefits, and above average time off. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything.


  3. "Network Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Overtime is a bonus. Most work places are salary. Benefits are very good on medical, dental, and vision. One of the only work places that still offer a pension.

    Cons

    management is not that great


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  5. "Meaningful work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Meaningful work improving the lives of others

    Cons

    Process is often confused with the result

    Advice to Management

    Engage and empower your employees, you will be pleasantly surprised


  6. "Intermittent Usher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Seattle part-time

    Pros

    Good transportation benefits, uniform provided

    Cons

    Seniority rules; not enough assignments


  7. "Work as an Admin 3"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits. Flexible schedules. Union represented position (in my case)

    Cons

    Some departments are very political


  8. "Admin Support"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    recently put to part time changes in organization new oppertunities

    Cons

    not enough to raise family

    Advice to Management

    communicate


  9. "Supervisor"

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

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

    Pros

    Vibrant city, good pay and excellent benefits

    Cons

    Extremely political environment with Mayor and some council members quick to transfer blame to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the employee in mind as you are dealing with the politics of within the mayor and council offices.


  10. "Assistant Electrical Engineer 1"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This city has great people to work with, great benefits, and was a very good learning experience. They appreciate a live/work balance.

    Cons

    There is a slow work pace in some of the work groups, causing bottlenecks and frustration. The opportunity for advancement is slim.

    Advice to Management

    As usual...spend more time observing what your employees actually do. Spend less time in meetings and more time getting the work done.


  11. "Toxic Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, no micro management

    Cons

    Lack of communication, old timers gossiping, coworkers hostile


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