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Updated May 12, 2017
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  • Not much, great part time job for students (in 5 reviews)

  • The process to get converted to a full-time employee is not as simple as in private companies (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "City is not all that!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good and you have a secure job.

    Cons

    Management is corrupt, the make up their own rules as the go along as they see fit. Burn out employer.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the rules and regulations that you are supposed to be bound by. Treat employees right and you will get more work done.


  2. "at times, everything you could ask for; most of the time, deploring due to poor supervisors and management policies."

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    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    a few managers are still with the City; you might get to work with the various consultants, who are typically very good.

    Cons

    extremely poor policies regarding use of OT to get the work out; the typical supervisor has very little if any clue on how to supervise; the City's standards for supervising may be good and written, but managers and higher-level supervisors typically do not use them; poor capabilities by the Mayor and City Administrative Officer translate to poor morale and significantly reduce effectiveness at all levels - only when they have to get out of the way, or when they want something done so the Mayor can get a photo op, is something accomplished in a timely manner

    Advice to Management

    Get With The Program! Enable staff to perform at a higher level by providing training, adequate computers and software, and enough OT to get the job done in a timely manner; and get some decent supervisors!!


  3. "Good benefits, too much office politics"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Management Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Offered 9/80 schedule, great career opportunities, unbeatable benefits

    Cons

    Lack of training for upper management: some didn't know how to use computers or open documents with Microsoft - made it difficult to expedite work flow

    Advice to Management

    Provide regular training sessions for management on computer usage


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  5. "Finance Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and work load

    Cons

    Too political, promotion depends on who you know and which ethic group you belong.
    Evaluations are written based on political correctness and hidden agenda.
    Job offers are made based on political reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Manage based on results and accountabilities that seem impossible due to political environment.
    Management are accountable to voters regardless of its own performance.


  6. "What a ride!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Mostly great people
    Great community to serve

    Cons

    There is a hierarchy challenge (too top heavy)
    Disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Review all departments' performances closer


  7. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Clerk Typist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Clerk Typist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits!, Gteat benefits!, benefits are good, Did I mention the benefits..

    Cons

    Stressful!!!! Too much work for one person. Everyone doesn"t carry their own weight! mostly sit back and watch the new comers do all the WORK. Red tape and Politics. APPLIES TO ONE SPECIFIC DEPARTMENT ONlY

    Advice to Management

    BE FAIR TO ALL PEOPLE, DIVIDE THE WORK LOAD EVENLY! , MANAGE BETTER.


  8. "Think out of the Box"

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    Current Employee - Clerk Typist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clerk Typist in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working for the last 20 years in the private sector has prepared me to work one-on-one with the public, constituents. With experience, I'm able to identify the problem, find a resolution, and promote good customer service that is greatly needed in civil service.

    Cons

    Management does not recognize the benefit in investing in a citywide database when servicing any community member in the City of Los Angeles. Some use of mapping from Engineers, Fire/Police, but other than that still working off of Excel Log Sheets for most data that would eventually need to be tracked. Non-efficient record keeping. Wouldn't it be great if the City of Los Angeles had a uniform, record keeping database for Customer Service.

    Advice to Management

    Los Angeles is a World-Class City. Invest in a citywide database, and hire an independent agency for R&D of this project. I don't think the Constituents would mind, because ultimately this will be benefitting the community on the service they should already be getting. City Employees would not only sound more competent but be more competent. Your tax dollars at work.


  9. "Positive"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Los Angeles, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable career with job security and good pension.
    Good working environment with friendly co-workers. Hand-on experience with projects that really benefit citizens.

    Cons

    more political issues instead of technical challenges. Spend more time dealing with people and the problems cause by power struggling from management .

    Advice to Management

    Shoud be more considerate for employee's advance.


  10. "Highly political"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to get involved in great, interesting projects.

    Cons

    The budget crisis, furloughs, and constant change in leadership and personnel undermines the recognition of your deliverables.


  11. "Well paid but depends on which council member you work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Press Deputy for City Council Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Press Deputy for City Council Member in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working for City Council can be exciting especially if you have a great boss. I loved my team and learned a lot.

    Cons

    People take themselves really seriously and think they are running the world when in reality very little gets done. It requires a lot of initiative to move things forward.

    Advice to Management

    The budget situation is a mess but I'm hardly the first to say this but it does make work in LA unstable.


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