Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities Employee Reviews about "work life balance"
73% would recommend to a friend
(11 total reviews)
75% approve of CEO
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Updated Jul 11, 2023
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- "Some bad managers and no proper training" (in 6 reviews)
- "Learning new job functions is based on what management wanted you to learn, and is based on management saying its ok for someone to spend time training you and its ok for you to spend the time learning it." (in 4 reviews)
- "Organization as a whole felt disorganized and lacking leadership or clear direction." (in 4 reviews)
- "Lack of career path or ways to advance your career, typical office politics, divisions lack communication which eachother" (in 3 reviews)
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- 5.0Mar 31, 2016FinanceCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsMinneapolis, MN
Pros: - Great Boss. - Good Atmosphere. - Excellent Pay and Benefits. - Tend to promote internally. - Good learning and development opportunities. - Good work/life balance. - Excellent values. Love love love working for the Metropolitan Council. I started out as a paid Intern (very good pay for interns) back in May 2012 and was moved to a fulltime employee after about a year. Wages are very fair, better pay than the for-profit sector by far. I'm proud to be a part of serving the public and having a good time at my job here.
I can't think of any real downsides.1
- 3.0May 21, 2021Laboratory AnalystCurrent Employee, more than 8 yearsSaint Paul, MN
Good benefits, great mission. I feel good helping to provide an essential public service. Good work life balance - most non-management people don’t work more than 40 hours. In my experience, folks who developed health problems separate from work were generally treated well. Can take long vacations, i.e. 4, 5, or 6 weeks, if you accrue enough time off. In both cases, management responded well to moving people around to cover the work. (tip: the union contracts with the salary, PTO, and health care schedules are very easy to google)
Management is inconsistent throughout the organization, and that helps create pockets that are good to work in and pockets that present certain challenges. Make sure you have a sense of how your manager knows if things are going poorly or well, and how your manager engages with the people they manage. In my experience management was very removed from day-to-day work, and relied on secondhand input from a subset of the work group. Ask if folks seem to feel equally listened to, and if both issues and successes get attention. Try to talk with at least 3 folks you would be working with. Ask if your manager can provide specific, actionable feedback. Ask if management sets clear and reasonable expectations, and provides the resources you need to meet these expectations. In my experience, I saw several cases of people needing to spend 3-5 years convincing management to do something that was obviously needed. I also saw straightforward changes get stonewalled by shifting requirements. Ask about what kind of autonomy you would have to take initiative to improve things and what level of control management exerts. In my experience, taking initiative often ended up with effectively a ‘stay-in-your-lane’ response and made me feel like I would have been better off keeping my head down. In larger government workplaces, work roles are often carefully prescribed, and I think that applies here. Depending on your manager and role, there can be little allowance for professional development. Ask about 5 types of professional development employees have been allowed to do in the past year or two. It was hard to be allowed to do anything outside of taking the professional development classes offered internally. Learning new job functions is based on what management wanted you to learn, and is based on management saying its ok for someone to spend time training you and its ok for you to spend the time learning it. I saw a pattern across my department and other departments we worked with of forgetting what had been discussed and decided after hours of meetings discussing that decision.4
- 4.0Oct 6, 2021Senior EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsSaint Paul, MN
Great benefits package and work/life balance. Job is fun and interesting. Current supervisor is great and supports my career goals and training opportunities. Coworkers are very kind and do a great job. Feel supported during the pandemic by management, and they are expanding future opportunities for telework and hybrid work.
Middle management jobs seem very challenging and political. Management seems out of touch with the needs of operations personnel.1
- 4.0Oct 28, 2021Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Good salary, excellent health insurance, pension, good work life balance, union membership.
No defined procedures, no clear training or career track, and also most people of color work as front line bus drivers, etc. Once you get into the regional administration offices it's increasingly white and male.2
- 5.0Apr 20, 2023Business AnalystCurrent Employee
Working in ES brings a very flexible environment. There is a definite work life balance and they promote taking time off. The people in ES are very helpful and kind which makes working on projects or with different groups enjoyable. It is a great work environment if you take the time to get to know people and put the work in.
There are lots of politics to get through to get projects done just like any government organization. There has also been a lot of restructuring without good communication and this makes things confusing. There needs to be clear direction so project work and any decisions can be made.
- 3.0Sep 23, 2015Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
There are excellent benefits with supportive management. It is a great place to work if you are looking for a healthy work life balance.
The average employee age is 50 years old so it is not the best place for a young working professional.
- 2.0Oct 1, 2016Administrative SpecialistCurrent EmployeeSaint Paul, MN
Pay and benefits are decent. Work life balance is good.
The rarely promote from within. It just as difficult to move laterally as well. Lots of egos at the management level that get in the way of moving projects forward. Highly political atmosphere1