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Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2019

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  1. "Best place to work in the water industry"

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    Current Employee - Resource Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Family oriented. Flexible hours. Great managers. Excellent benefits. GM/CEO is a visionary. Huge learning experience.

    Cons

    Politics both internal and external.

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California2019-06-28
  2. "Not bad"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly 

    I worked at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Super smart people and most were really nice.

    Cons

    Everyone works in a routine schedule and there is no flexibility.

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California2019-05-25
  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern 

    I have been working at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California part-time

    Pros

    People are great, work is fun, has a great impact on millions of people.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be slow.

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California2019-03-21
  4. "Great workplace environment and benefits with meaningful work"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly and helpful colleagues, non-competitive work environment, get to work on big projects that make a big difference, meaningful and fulfilling work bringing water to 19 million people in Southern CA, get to go out the the field to see the projects and interact with operations staff

    Cons

    Slow to change and adopt new or better processes and equipment because need to be conservative for reliability, big gap between experienced people about to retire and new college graduates, loss of technical expertise in a breath of areas due to current hiring of many entry level staff. We need more mid-level staff.

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California2018-12-21
  5. Helpful (2)

    "H2❤️"

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    Current Employee - OD&Training Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working for a noble cause with some of the best people I know.

    Cons

    Moves at 4 mph.....just like water!

    Advice to Management

    Have the courage to make swift decisions, recognize performance, transparency and empowerment goes a long way - just try it for a few years.

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California2018-03-27
  6. "Great place to work. Great people. Huge impact."

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    Current Employee - Strategic Program Manager Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great mission. Metropolitan family feeling is evident. Lots of smart, talented people. Highly innovative public agency. An organization that makes a difference. Prepares for the future.

    Cons

    Some of the required coordination can slow some things. Working to speed decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to set high expectations.

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California2018-03-29
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Work 9 hours per day except Friday. Get Friday off every two weeks."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Can manage life during Friday.

    Cons

    Needs to get up early every day.

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California2017-08-03
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Talent Management Unit Manager"

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    Current Employee - Talent Management Unit Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Noble cause, collaborative, engaged flexible and relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    Some processes are bureaucratic and slow. Promotions move at the speed of water.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on good people management and ensuring honest performance feedback and accountability. Reward courage, innovation and problem-solving.

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California2017-07-14
  9. "Law Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California full-time

    Pros

    The people are great and very supportive. There are great benefits as well.

    Cons

    It's a slow pace work environment and upward mobility is even slower.

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California2017-07-11
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Polished and highly political government agency - smart people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Metropolitan is a special district of the state of California and as such enjoys some of the perks that come with government work: manageable hours, pension, generous benefits, lots of regulations that protect employees, and big and meaningful mission: providing water for 19 million people in Southern California. Most employees are very smart and dedicated to the mission. There is also quite a bit of creativity involved...

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    Cons

    This is a highly political environment and because of visibility to the world, things tend to move extremely slowly and cautiously. What makes this agency very polite and civilized can turn into analysis paralysis. Anyone driven by quick action for quick results would find it exhausting to work here - as probably would be the case in most government agencies anyways.

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California2017-05-27
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