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Dallas Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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Dallas Mayor ​​​Michael S. Rawlings​​​​
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  • Health insurance is very expensive if you add your spouse (in 9 reviews)

  • Bad health care program and low pay (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Human Resources Generalist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, and a lot of autonomy. Very fast paced, and quite a bit of Employee Relations interactions. Attention to detail, Time Management, and people skills will carry you a long way. The work is there, and you will learn something new everyday. Tons of experience in the management level. Continuity is growing, and training is getting better. Find a vet HR person and stick to them like glue.

    Cons

    Everyone has their own agenda, so it kind of has a sink or swim feel to it. Clicks are kinda prevalent, but if you do your job and try to get along with everyone you can probably avoid it. Projects can sometimes turn into endless rabbit holes, and you will often be on a hurry up and take care of this missions, based on who's asking.

    Advice to Management

    Define Generalists roles more, and keep training.


  2. "Meh... pay isn't bad"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator III in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Coordinator III in Dallas, TX
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay scale seems to be good in comparison with similar jobs in other cities in the area. No Social Security taxes removed from your check. Benefits are in line with average employers in the area.

    Cons

    Working with other staff in various departments makes you scratch your head.... as to how in the world some people got their job, much less keep it. It appears to be a lot of random bodies just holding jobs while there are fewer competent employees that work hard and efficiently. Seems much of management is in place because they just stuck with the City long enough and knew the right people to get defaulted into superior roles - without real people skills and definite lack of management skills. Knowing a job, and managing people are 2 different things - just knowing the job does not indicate they know how to deal with staff in a professional manner.

    Advice to Management

    Place good managers in higher positions based on management skills, not just tenure. Managers cause turnover.

  3. "Facility Crew Leader/Field Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Facility Crew Leader/Field Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Facility Crew Leader/Field Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dallas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Got to learn a lot with the field crew

    Cons

    There was no chance for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to work together as a team


  4. "police"

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    Current Employee - Polie Officr in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Polie Officr in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    its exciting, top of the line training

    Cons

    terrible work conditions, equipment, morale, pay, and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    quit and let young more in tune leaders take charge


  5. "Audit Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are plenty of opportunities to grow within the organization. The organization offers work / life balance and non-financial incentives.

    Cons

    Working with management can be challenging sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    It can be an enjoyable place to work if the organization culture is developed to work towards the same goal rather than having a house that is divided i.e. auditors and management.


  6. "Carpenter doesn't really fit as a title, more remodeling and maintenance than true carpentry"

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    Current Employee - Carpenter in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Carpenter in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great retirement and potential to advance. Stable place to work and plenty of autonomy within your trade. Variety in work locations as the city has over 800 buildings

    Cons

    Material acquisition can be extremely tedious. The Process can hinder the timeline of a project depending if special orders are needed


  7. "laborer 2 c"

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    Former Employee - Laborer II C in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Laborer II C in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to train and gain experience

    Cons

    The bad weather and sometimes long hours

    Advice to Management

    Nice job

  8. "A Steady Paycheck, but too much politicking"

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    Current Employee - (Library Professional) in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - (Library Professional) in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Status of working for the City of Dallas
    -Steady Paycheck
    -Serving the public

    Cons

    -Politicking and power trips
    -Yearly threat of layoff's
    -Little respect for low-revenue producing departments
    -Very little room for advancement
    -Pay does not reflect level of education or experience (translation? they will do their absolute best to start you off at the very bottom of the pay-scale for your position)
    -Poor health insurance benefits
    -No overtime for certain departments, even when you are loyal and stay past quitting time.
    -Pension fund will suck up almost 15-20% of your pay. Count on it.

    Advice to Management

    -Stop paying thousands of dollars to consultants, and start including your experienced staffers on strategic planning sessions for departments.
    -Learn to regard your staffers with respect instead of indifference.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "compliance"

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    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Generalist/Compliance Representative in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Generalist/Compliance Representative in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Dallas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    meaningful work, great coworkers

    Cons

    rampant reverse discrimination
    rules selectively followed
    hiring and promotions are not based on merit
    pay system is antiquated


  10. "Library Department is Progressive but not fully funded"

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    Current Employee - Library Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Library Associate in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Altruistic fulfillment via social service outreach in the form of literacy promotions, employment consulting, and social service outreach.

    Cons

    Low pay, low grade insurance, low recognition, staid work routine can become boring if not changed up on a regular basis..

    Advice to Management

    Please be willing to actually listen to your staff members. When issues are not resolved, pervasive bitterness and interpersonal conflicts can and will damage the quality of life for staffers, and customers alike. Central and branch staff need better representation via a visible employee relations rep. We need this because there are some bad apples who are inspiring great staffers to search for better employment opportunities. Also, please do something about the poor quality of the public and staff computers. Overall, we are here because we love what we do, not because we have to be here. Please don't take it for granted!


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