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"Could be the best utility to work for, but...."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

This is one of largest public electric utilities in the country with a lot of history and pride. Utility customer base is very "green" and "high tech". Utility is wildly recognized especially for its conservation efforts and Smart Grid vision. Many utility initiatives generate interest from industry and public.

Cons

Unfortunately, the organization is too political. All budget is ultimately controlled by the City Council that has its own agenda often not in the best interests of the Utility. Executive team has very little control over it. There is absolutely no incentive to perform. There are several very bright individuals in executive positions and staff level but they are not empowered to make a difference. As a result many capable employees got frustrated and left the company in recent years. It is just too easy to fly under the radar and collect your pay check. This pattern will continue if the compensation and other factors don't change soon.

Advice to Management

Distance the utility from the City Government by creating an independent Utility Board.

Other Employee Reviews for City of Seattle

  1. "it's not the sexiest job, but I feel proud to contribute to the overall development and improvement of the city."

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    Current Employee - Senior Environmental Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Environmental Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, great benefits, and wonderful people to work with. Folks don't work here for the money, but because they believe in what they're doing. Plus, it's a chance to work on projects that impact the lives of thousands of people (whether they realize it or not).

    Cons

    As with any government (and many large organizations) you have to deal with bureaucracy and politics. There is a lot of process and thinking by committee, sometimes for the most trivial or mundane of tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more opportunities to cross-train staff, temporary placements with other divisions or departments, and develop new skills. I would like to see more opportunities for career development, as work can get routine and stagnant fairly quickly (depending of course on one's role in the organization).


  2. "You can still have a lift outside of work"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    Pros

    nice people, great benefits, reasonable hours

    Cons

    support staff that slacks off and there is no penalty

    Advice to Management

    get rid of bad support staff

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