City of Seattle Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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  • "Help community, good work life balance(in 43 reviews)

  • "Great job great people great benefits(in 43 reviews)

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  • "The pay has not kept up with similar jobs in the private sector(in 7 reviews)

  • "In general, upper management seems only to care about their politics rather than the well being of the staff(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Work-Life

      Aug 19, 2020 - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work-life balance, great culture, great people, good benefits.

      Cons

      I don't find anything that needs to be noted under this section.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      CSA

      Nov 21, 2020 - Client Advisor in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Help community, good work life balance

      Cons

      Low salary, political, no company contribution to 401k

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Work-

      Aug 26, 2019 - Director in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work/life balance at the City is good.

      Cons

      Bureaucracy is a huge hurdle as well as the influence of City politics.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great benefits and place to work

      Jul 10, 2019 - Victim Advocate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Hugely supportive program manager, work/life balance, retirement plan and starting wage was much higher than at community organizations

      Cons

      Bureaucracy made getting anything new or interesting done a slow and tedious process.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Temporary Project Manager

      May 30, 2019 - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Remote work and flextime are occasionally possible. Good work-life balance, so long as you let it go mentally when you go home.

      Cons

      Progress can be slow.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee

      system analyst

      Oct 26, 2018 -  
      Recommend
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      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.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Meter reader

      Nov 6, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      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.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Intern, less than 1 year

      Easy, stable employment, but boring. I highly recommend an internship, but I don't know if I want to go permanent.

      Nov 20, 2014 - Project Management Intern in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent intern education. Very organized summer intern program. Looks like there are a lot of opportunities for advancement in the near future with half the city talking about retiring in the next five years. Good work life balance, great benefits and fair pay.

      Cons

      Very little motivation to work hard. Lots of bureaucracy. You can't put in a lightbulb without talking to all the different parties that have a vested interest in that light bulb. (exaggeration) The simple fact is that not everybody has to work hard to keep the lights on, and as long as they stay on, the city's doing its job. This can result in a lack of satisfying work, especially at the intern or assistant engineer level.

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee

      I got lucky, but will you?

      Dec 6, 2009 - Administrative Specialist II in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I got lucky because I have a couple of great managers in my corner and I got the opportunity to work on a project that is beyond the scope of work I was hired to do and it has given me a lot of chances to grow and learn professionally. My manager touts a work life balance and is really easy to get along with, is a straighttalker and down to earth. You can always come to the mgr with issues, problems, etc and mgr will help, even if it means get her own hands a little dirty with hard work. Other: benefits are great, business casual dress to the point of super-casual, once you're hired and pass your year probation you are pretty much in for good (excepting layoffs).

      Cons

      The executives I've met are mostly condescending and rude. There are a lot of people out to scratch eachothers backs, ladder climb, etc...and on the flip side there are the long timers who just don't care anymore. They've seen so much leadership come and go that they are just numb to ambition and they just want their part to be as effortless as possible.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      it's not the sexiest job, but I feel proud to contribute to the overall development and improvement of the city.

      Apr 18, 2012 - Senior Environmental Analyst in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work/life balance, great benefits, and wonderful people to work with. Folks don't work here for the money, but because they believe in what they're doing. Plus, it's a chance to work on projects that impact the lives of thousands of people (whether they realize it or not).

      Cons

      As with any government (and many large organizations) you have to deal with bureaucracy and politics. There is a lot of process and thinking by committee, sometimes for the most trivial or mundane of tasks.

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