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King County Housing Authority Reviews

Updated November 30, 2016
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  1. "Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Robust benefits and great work/life balance

    Cons

    Some department Management needs work;


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Property Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Property Specialist in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Property Specialist in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at King County Housing Authority (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and working with tenants and applicants.

    Cons

    Have had dealings with poor management of employees

    Advice to Management

    Do not down play an employee or complain about or talk to employee as if they were a child and if you have a problem with employee take them aside in private instead of talking loud enough in front of other co-workers what problem you have. Very unprofessional.


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    "Construction Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Construction Coordinator in Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Construction Coordinator in Tukwila, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at King County Housing Authority full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great health benefits and a good number of paid holidays. They do a lot of positive capital improvements and are very good at weatherization upgrades.

    Cons

    Pervasive sex discrimination. Raises only through merit increases which are unfair. Management doesn't listen to complaints or make changes. A toxic work environment!

    Advice to Management

    Focus on gender equity, get rid of merit based salary increases and go to time based increases, have more effective complaint procedures and outcomes.


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  5. "Construction Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Construction Coordinator in Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Construction Coordinator in Tukwila, WA

    I worked at King County Housing Authority (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Leading edge housing authority excellent benefits, many initiatives being developed, generous pay scales, professional organization.

    Cons

    Due to funding models, HUD and some DOE, extremely rules driven, lots of resources used to make sure compliance is achieved and maintained.


  6. "Not your typical Housing Authority"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at King County Housing Authority full-time

    Pros

    Upper Management Turnover has had positive impacts on the agency

    Values and Invests in employees (training opportunities, great benefits, employee recognition and awards, regular COLA and merit raises)

    Job Security with very few layoffs

    Important Mission

    Leader in the field of Affordable Housing

    Cons

    Communication across departments can be a challenge

    Lack of ownership over projects after implementation

    A few poor performing employees secure in their jobs bring down moral for many hard working employees (but that's Government).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on agency communication, and get the right people on the bus, and keep them on the bus.


  7. "Temporary Property Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA

    I worked at King County Housing Authority part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good systems easy to manage.

    Cons

    Could use more facilities for the demand of people in need of affordable housing.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful mission, top-notch employees, good pay and excellent benefits, poor management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    KCHA is great - one of the top Housing Authorities in the nation. Employees are treated well for the most part - pay and benefits are extremely fair. Lots of opportunity for growth and on-going training.

    Cons

    Under the Public Housing umbrella, the Regional Managers are difficult to work for, though Human Resources does provide opportunity for fixing issues that arise.

    Advice to Management

    Executive Management truly listens to and respects all of its employees and provides ample opportunity for employee feedback of company policy. My only suggestion would be for employees to do an annual evaluation of their supervisors. I believe this would greatly reduce turnover and would allow supervisors a chance to learn and grow within their positions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with excellent benefits"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Tukwila, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Tukwila, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at King County Housing Authority full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The medical benefits are second to none, great co-workers, one of the top Housing Authorities in the nation, great IT department, excellent properties, excellent equipment, 8-4:30 schedule. KCHA is well funded and hasn't laid anyone off like other Housing Authorities. Very innovative in long term strategies for maintaining, acquiring, and building new low income housing.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is large and you have multiple bosses. HR is extremely slow and inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the HR department.