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City of Seattle Reviews

Updated Aug 26, 2019

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3.6
64%
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City of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (no image)
Jenny Durkan
21 Ratings
  1. "Intern - Power Production"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good work environment, challenging work. Seniors are very helpful. Had the opportunity to visit power plants and have a detailed look at everything. Good compensations for extra hours worked

    Cons

    Nothing much. Sometimes had no work and it was a bit frustrating. Does not sponsor work visa for International students.

    Advice to Management

    Please sponsor International work visas so that International students can get full time employment opportunities.

    City of Seattle2016-09-21
  2. "Systems administrator"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    Benefits and pension and decent work life balance

    Cons

    Too many politics, nothing gets done, too many layers of managers no reward for job performance

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead weight and put in some kind of merit system for your top performers or you will risk losing talented individuals.

    City of Seattle2016-08-11
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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     in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle

    Pros

    If you're looking for work-life balance, the city offers that to folks who are seeking that.

    Cons

    This is a place where driven individuals will find it very frustrating as public service is shaped by excessive red-tapes, old-school mindset, and office politics. The morale at City Light is low and getting lower. Note that the majority of the employees will be 'eligible' to retire in the coming years. The work force is associated with lack of training, lack of modern/updated work place planning and management, and filled with complacency. It is very demoralizing for younger employees to realize that most of the coworkers really didn't want to be there and in fact have started their retirement count-down 8-10 years out. The discussion of 'retirement' induces the highest level of excitement and enthusiasm than almost anything else. There is no change management in place for almost anything you do, from operations of the business, to organization shakeups. Re-organization could occur overnight. There is no substantial preparation for change and no real interest for management to share vision for the future. There are no real training and development courses for younger employees. If you want to learn from experienced employees, you will be treated with different levels of enthusiasm. However, if you want to learn from leaders in the business, it can easily be coined as 'overly ambitious'. In short, if you want to serve and make measurable impact, don't come here. This is where dreams go to die (yes, it might be a little harsh, but fewer people make this detour, the better it will be for our society). You really are better off boot strapping with a start-up and make measurable differences on something you care about.

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    Advice to Management

    1) Leadership: Find new leaders or change your mindset; promote those who are able to make a difference by contributing positively to the company, rather than back-stabbing and favor-grabbers 2) Change Management is needed 3) Make commitments to your employees and bring in younger employees

    City of Seattle2016-08-18
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Seattle IT"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Professtional B in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Can be a good work/life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    There is a lot of chaos in the ranks. A lot of layers of management and no clear direction. No one knows where they are going or what they will be doing.

    Advice to Management

    The communication coming out is not the communication the employees want. Information on how change will directly impact them is what they want. IT was consolidated but no one knows what that means to them, their job or the customers they serve. It's unnerving and scary to employees.

    City of Seattle2016-06-17
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Division Manager, Seattle City Light"

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    Former Employee - Energy Conservation Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Seattle City Light: Work/ life balance Opportunity to work in Clean Energy Good benefits

    Cons

    Seattle City Light: Toxic environment "Lifer" employees that view their jobs as an entitlement. Note: there are some really wonderful people at City Light, but unfortunately the predominant culture is one where employees are empowered through entrenched unions. Management has no power to affect change.

    Advice to Management

    Sadly, While Union campaign contributions fund city elections, there will never be political will to turn around such a contentious, internally-facing, toxic culture.

    City of Seattle2016-03-27
  6. "Good People but Sometimes Challenges Pace and Mentality"

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    Current Contractor - Business Intelligence Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly and (many but not all) are motivated to perform. Work-life balance is fantastic for the pay provided. Paycheck and workload is as stable as they come. Seattle City Light is large enough to have some interesting projects going on.

    Cons

    Pace of change is slow as you'd expect with local government, and latest technologies are rarely implemented. Strong job security can reinforce complacency in a minority of long-term employees. City Light, as a member of the City of Seattle, cannot always decide as a revenue-generating utility but instead as a member of a larger organization with sometimes different goals.

    Advice to Management

    Retire or learn to embrace new technologies and business processes. It is possible to consume information that isn't printed on a piece of paper.

    City of Seattle2016-01-28
  7. "Nice Place"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    This review is for "Seattle City Light", not the "City of Seattle". Overall, I really enjoyed the flexible working hours and laid back environment. Most people at my office were quite friendly, and there was a good work life balance. The intern director was quite capable and organized many activities and trips as well as meetings with upper-management.

    Cons

    There was a lot of office politics and nasty rumors going around on upper management, it was hard for people to be fired so lots of personnel issues remain unresolved, apparently there were a lot of people that hated each other.

    City of Seattle2016-01-22
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Consult a lawyer if you leave the FAS Dept"

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     in Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Some managers are great. Work-life balance and salary are both fairly good.

    Cons

    Whether you leave voluntarily or involuntarily, you need to speak with an employment law attorney if you leave the Finance and Administrative Services department. Staff that have been fired “for cause” have had successful conclusions to lawsuits that they filed subsequently. Speak to a lawyer to see if it’s in your best interest to file a lawsuit. FAS has some bad managers and directors for whom it is practically career suicide to work for. There are many good managers and directors at the department: just do your best to investigate before you start working at FAS. The streets & facilities groups have had some great leaders. If you find yourself with bad superiors, do what others have done: talk to an attorney and resign. FAS could get 5 stars for the great staff there. But it’s only 2 stars because of the bad managers and directors. Those bad apples have constant turnover in their groups. You’ll watch a great coworker walk out the door every couple of months.

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    Advice to Management

    Fire the managers and directors who are causing high turnover and lawsuit settlements.

    City of Seattle2015-09-06
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Strategic Advisor"

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    Strategic Advisor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle

    Pros

    Great opportunities in communications, strategy, public service in the City of Seattle. Bureaucracy and the well-intentioned whims of the public and elected officials alike can lead to duplication of efforts and endless last-minute work. Good paid time off and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Departments are often not let to come up with or execute their plans. They're instead basically maintenance managers on standby for whatever topic-of-the-day that the Mayor wants to address.

    City of Seattle2015-08-17
  10. "Great Environment, Lots of Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest Park, WA

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, wonderful co-workers, interaction with multiple departments, "one team" approach, lots of opportunity to advance or learn other functions

    Cons

    Haven't experienced any cons worth mentioning. If you like public sector work, the City of Seattle is great.

    Advice to Management

    Work to handle turnover better. It takes forever to get through the hiring process, leaving lots of departments understaffed.

    City of Seattle2015-06-25
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