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Contra Costa County - California Reviews

Updated May 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good benefits and upward mobility if you are a conformist" (in 8 reviews)

  • "good working environment and good interpersonal relationship" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Terrible employee retention, low pay, poor benefit package" (in 7 reviews)

  • "I'm talking to Bay Area Legal Aid about the supervisor next week" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Health Education Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Contra Costa County - California full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Co-workers, supportive community

    Cons

    none


  2. "Top down"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Contra Costa County - California full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, pay ok, locations options ok

    Cons

    Clunky old school management, very slow to adopt change and.

    Advice to Management

    Honor and take care of your staff.

  3. "Job security and ample time off"

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    Former Employee - Patient Advocate in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Former Employee - Patient Advocate in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Contra Costa County - California full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for learning and the chance to help people in tough situations

    Cons

    It's difficult to fire anyone so there are many employees resistant to change

    Advice to Management

    Hold employees to higher accountability to discourage poor performance


  4. Helpful (2)

    "MD"

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    Current Employee - Physician in Martinez, CA
    Current Employee - Physician in Martinez, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Contra Costa County - California full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are 30 and not a Progressive, you don't have a heart. You will meet many big-hearted people here. The patients are very grateful. Some days you feel like you make a difference.

    Cons

    Generally high stress. Salaries are well below average. You won't be able to pay your student loans without moonlighting else-where. The chances that you will qualify for loan repayment are very small. There is no maternity leave. There is no significant retirement plan for new hires. Health insurance is relatively expensive. You probably won't be able to buy a house. There is no limit to the number of patients you will be assigned and many don't speak English (there are translators), You will work a great deal of unpaid OT. It has been difficult to hire more MDs to share the work.

    Advice to Management

    We often joke that the County is like a talking dog. The amazing thing isn't what it says, it's that it talks at all. The staff is pretty resigned that it's hopeless.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Public Works is a snake pit"

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Martinez, CA
    Former Employee - IT Support in Martinez, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Contra Costa County - California full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can't think of even one

    Cons

    A few small minded people run the place

    Advice to Management

    County Admin should just start over with all new management


  6. "Programmer analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Contra Costa County - California full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to work and wonderful team.

    Cons

    There is nothing much to say.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Chief of staff"

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    Former Employee - Chief of Staff in Brentwood, CA
    Former Employee - Chief of Staff in Brentwood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Contra Costa County - California full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and upward mobility if you are a conformist. Conformists with even minimal integrity will move up the chain

    Cons

    Leadership can be iffy and bad managers are rarely addressed. Large bureaucratic organization that does not seek any risk to achieve innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Be able to work inside a very structured traditional system

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Nice People"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Martinez, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Martinez, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Contra Costa County - California full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most people seem to care about the work they do.

    Cons

    It is a poorer County. Benefits are on the negative side.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Contra Costa County - California full-time

    Pros

    Pension
    Flexible work schedule
    Close to home

    Cons

    The building I work in needs windows

    Advice to Management

    From my perspective it would be to keep up the good work


  10. "RN"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Contra Costa County - California full-time

    Pros

    The best team-work. Great training process.

    Cons

    Not that I can think of.


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