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King County Reviews

Updated April 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, great benefits, great work location (in 24 reviews)

  • Reasonable work-life balance (again, depends on the group) (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of disorganization, turnover, union negotiations, strange management tactics and lack of direction (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Temporary Work Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Signature Verifier in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Signature Verifier in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King County full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Temporary work but great pay. I seen quite a few temporary workers get hired onto other departments while workings as a temp. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    You have so much fun working there it is so sad when the temporary work ends.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. It is very impressive how well organized the election department is. Of all the companies I have worked for, King County Elections is the most organized, professional and the the staff is awesome.


  2. "Fiscal Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Fiscal Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Fiscal Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King County full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Systematic organization and the people who work there are competent and professional.

    Cons

    Some bureaucracies as expected with the public sector.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for listening to the voices of the employees. The employee survey was a good gateway to connect management and the employees.


  3. "Slow and Low"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at King County (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Internship opportunities, helping the community, easy work

    Cons

    Days drag, much waste in the departments. Managers don't care about performance or safety hazards.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, cut costs, and further development


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  5. "Application Developer"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on the group you work in, you'll be in good company with some stellar software engineers. Reasonable work-life balance (again, depends on the group).

    Cons

    Leadership leans towards 1950s managerial styles and is unaccepting of the type of thinking that makes a great software/IT organization. Jobs dead-end with no career path in sight. If you want to move up in the organization you're probably better off going somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Replace your approach to employee development and stop treating us like children. The tech environment in Seattle is far too good to hold on to talented developers if you continue down this path.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Eligibility Worker II in Hanford, CA
    Former Employee - Eligibility Worker II in Hanford, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits, work hours, and offers up to date training. Great opportunities for growth within the company.

    Cons

    Not really anything negative about this company.


  7. "Program Manager III"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    broad range of challenging career opportunities, public service, good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    implementing change takes time in a bureaucracy; politics,


  8. "Politically Corrupted Environment"

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    Current Employee - Lead Technical Solutions Architect in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Technical Solutions Architect in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    8AM - 5PM Government Job

    Cons

    Politically Corrupted Unhealthy Work Environment. Indirect discrimination at work leads to Stress. No Growth for colored People. Blame Game.

    Advice to Management

    Create a Healthy Work Environment. Concentrate on how to eradicate the indirect discrimination, provide growth for colored people, stop blame games etc.


  9. "Lifeguard"

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Federal Way, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at King County (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay very well starting wage $15.5hr pay raises every 300 hours

    Cons

    No benefits/ no more than 17hours a week part time. Also, lifeguards have to clean up spills like bodily fluids all the Time. Also you can't work whatever hours you want there's very limited availability.


  10. "Scale Operator SWD"

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    Current Employee - Scale Operator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Scale Operator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I have been working at King County part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am usually traveling from one work site to another and I like working at different stations. The customers are great and the team work is good. I like the pace and the time goes by fast since we are busy most of the time

    Cons

    I am only a temp and the job has been cutting down on hours.

    Advice to Management

    I like all the management, they have been great, they are there when we need them and they have kept me busy working. I get no benefits but I heard they are no 1.


  11. "Education Employment Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Education Employment Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Education Employment Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at King County full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good hours, good benefits, growth incentives

    Cons

    Little professional development, low moral among co-workers, some sense of entitlements to job, behind in technology, rigid schedule, lots of red tape


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