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Updated Aug 26, 2019

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3.6
63%
Recommend to a Friend
38%
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City of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (no image)
Jenny Durkan
21 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunities for smart, hard-working people to gain experience and then move on"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, rarely need to work on weekends or vacations (even upper management), no rules or caps on how quickly one can promote, which can lead to unlimited upward mobility and learning potential. Employees are generally smart and well-educated.

    Cons

    Negative, gossipy, litigious culture that neglects to celebrate successes and nurture the workforce because it would be "wasting the tax payers dollar." Many underperforming employees that are allowed to sit for decades in the same job, colleting large paychecks and contributing little more than creating a toxic environment for everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Management at the city tends to do too much work and too little management. Restructure teams, performance manage out the under performers and reward the performers, and let them do the work while you steer the ship.

    City of Seattle2014-10-31
  2. Helpful (1)

    "City as an employer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deputy Director 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits, work/life balance and diversity. The Race and Social Justice Initiative.

    Cons

    Political agendas and lack of accountability. "Experts" are not held accountable for their inaccuracies, thus they appear to get away with lying.

    Advice to Management

    Model espoused values! Respect, value and appreciate what employees say/claim. Provide a "safe" and "responsive" place for employees to share concerns.

    City of Seattle2012-10-04
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