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EBMUD Reviews

Updated August 27, 2018
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  1. "Junior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EBMUD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is more than 90k for entry-level engineers. Probably highest in Bay Area for civil/environmental engineers. The employees generally seem pretty tight-knit, and there are weekly happy hours and lunch events.

    Unlike most public agencies, EBMUD does not contract out all their engineering work. You will get hands on experience in design, modeling, or whatever relevant engineering experience in your department.

    Cons

    As an entry level engineer, the variety of projects is not as diverse as what you’d get at a consulting company.

    Compensation is not based on performance.


  2. "Electrical Technician"

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    Current Employee - Electrician in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Electrician in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EBMUD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Excellent medical coverage.

    Cons

    Difficult relationships between field and management employees

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that boots on the ground may have a different perspective than yours but it will likely have merit

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EBMUD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of good people. Organization is small enough that you can make a significant impact. Management is supportive of employees. Good training and employee development. Good benefits. Good work/life balance. Very stable.

    Cons

    Change doesn't happen quickly at EBMUD, it takes time. Slow to adopt new technology. Work schedules could be more flexible.


  4. "Excellent company with great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EBMUD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are fun, the benefits are amazing, and the product is some of the best in the world.

    Cons

    When dealing with tyhe public and their water supply, sometimes you have to deal with emotionally charged and upsetting situations.

    Advice to Management

    Set a maximum on sick pay. You are losing money and retaining low performing employees.


  5. "Engineering Aide"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great, quality, professional, well kept, good people

    Cons

    slow, commute, money, benefits, public


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EBMUD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and job security

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is repetitive


  7. "Geotechnical division"

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    Current Employee - Materials Testing Technician in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Materials Testing Technician in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EBMUD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits: healthcare and retirement. Competitive salary for Bay Area

    Cons

    Slow to innovation, so you may fall behind on job skills and current technologies.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Public Agency Employment - Stable Agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EBMUD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great dedicated workers. Can be innovative and challenging if you find the right work unit.

    Cons

    Poor performers at all levels enabled and tolerated. Many work units isolated. Technical skills are valued above soft skills (communication, supervision, emotional intelligence).

    Advice to Management

    Be open to staff ideas and opportunities for true improvement, not superficial changes and window dressing. Really confront conflict and poor performers. Be honest in communications and when problems arise. The emperor wears no clothes is not an effective management style.


  9. "Cool people bad managers"

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    Former Employee - Benefits Specialist in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Benefits Specialist in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary
    Job security
    Benefits
    If you are blessed to get a great team your work environment will be great

    Cons

    Management is horrible. They only fight for themselves they don't appreciate their employees very cheap most of the staff will pay for events and other things but management will take over like they sponsored events. favoritism in most departments higher management has no respect for the hard work the team does

    Advice to Management

    Take leadership classes! Engage in your team. Learn with your company workers do and how hard they work..be humble and fight for your team!!


  10. "1st level supervisor of technical engineering staff"

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    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EBMUD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working for the utility owner allows participation in full life cycle of a project. The fellow employees are very professional. Great training and continuing education opportunities.

    Cons

    Difficult to manage independently when faced with many internal regulations - the dreaded B Word. Upper management loves painting Rosie pictures but is troubled with challenging facts.

    Advice to Management

    Audit your need for routine reporting to public and officials.


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