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King County Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits good work environment (in 33 reviews)

  • Culture, mission, salary, work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Was an Americorps position so I wasn't making enough money to justify the long hours and high demands (in 4 reviews)

  • Work environment has deteriorated in the past few years (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "King County - A Great Place to Work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Confidential Secretary in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Confidential Secretary in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay, culture, professional experience, and you feel like you are genuinely giving back to the community you live in. I LOVED working for King County government. I would work there again!

    Cons

    My department within King County had some internal issues, but King County overall is a great organization to work for and they really care about employees.

    Advice to Management

    I noticed a lot of nepotism which probably should be addressed, as well as, people receiving job positions even though they did not go through the proper county hiring process.


  2. "Working to bring change"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, people, location, work/life balance and opportunities to improve

    Cons

    Slow to change and not enough visionary accountable and transparent leadership in every agency.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example, be change agents and don't be intimidated by accountability.

  3. "Great employer, lots of responsibility."

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

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

    Pros

    King County has progressive, smart leadership. The Prosecuting Attorney's office is staffed by talented lawyers and support staff committed to doing Justice. Lawyers are given significant responsibility early in their careers and the freedom to apply their talents to the cases they are assigned.

    Cons

    The County often moves slowly even when leadership sets its sights on a goal. This is inherent in the checks and balances of government and the political oversight by elected officials.

    Advice to Management

    Be more nimble. Engage a broader spectrum of employees in the drive to succeed on our core missions.


  4. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Culture, mission, salary, work/life balance

    Cons

    Pace, difficulty getting things done


  5. "Decent Benefits, good people...but public sector slowness"

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    Current Employee - Training in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Training in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at King County (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, good mission, and pretty decent benefits

    Cons

    It's all the rumors about public sector. IT runs the entire county and rips off the other sections with a pricing/charging model that works well for IT, but nobody else.

    Advice to Management

    Take some control back from IT. Encourage innovation. Stop stifling people...


  6. "System Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people were great to work with and extremely helpful, when I started out.

    Cons

    Whether you are career service, temporary, or intern, the union can only help to a point. Senior management ( some not all) appear to be looking to remove them. To some degree it is a smile in your face and work against you culture.

    Advice to Management

    Within reason do not allow seasoned people to overturn seemingly new and potentially good, and helpful ideas.


  7. "Detective"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at King County full-time

    Pros

    I get a gun, a car, and a badge. Thats what protects me from bullets, needles, lice and the occasional vomit in the back of my car.

    Cons

    Less pay than a working girl on easter. I wish they would pay as much as farm workers so I didnt have to also do security jobs on the side.

    Advice to Management

    Arrest more crack heads so we can do our jobs.

  8. "Good job"

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

    I worked at King County (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits good work environment

    Cons

    Lots of burocráticos and too many meetings

    Advice to Management

    None - good job overall


  9. "Large Public Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Division Finance Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Division Finance Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King County full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, retirement plan, and salary for mid-management positions

    Cons

    Large bureaucracy which one's voice and unique perspectives are subordinate to the political wimp and correctness of politicians.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to solicit and to listen to employee suggestions and comments. Political appointees at the department director level are insensitive to the needs and morale of line staff and supervisors.


  10. "Come work with us, it's awesome!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King County full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent pay, inclusive environment,

    Cons

    I can think of nothing negative to say about working here.


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