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Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "Mult County"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SOA in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - SOA in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Opportunities, Diversity, Values, Leadership

    Cons

    No fun perks
    Understaffed
    Slow to adapt to IT advancements
    Little training
    Drama

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent with your teams.


  2. "Special Engagement Father Program Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Publisher in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Publisher in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Multnomah County (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission is to reduce the death rate of African American babiesw via a comprehensive engagement of vulnerable child bearing age Black women. This has a spectrum of services to cross the gamut of case management, a monthly series of Community Action Network meetings to inform the curious about such things as nutrition, domestic abuse and household financing

    Cons

    Strict Women's World view, that harbors deep reservations as to lived experiences and I daresay reservations where the value of elder insights are valid. In abiliuty to incorporate a appreciation of how the private sector interfaces with varuious ethnic groups and faux sense of projected racism. I.e. viewed an evfent specifically designed to appeal tjhe persons of Jewis? hebrew heritage as racist durt the assumption that Jewish community is perceived per se as wealthy. Which in turn infers an assumption that is based on the virtue that all Jews are welthy therefore to approach them for access to their community, thus their wealth is by definition racist. Which is contract to how efficient private sector marketing techniques work. In the private sector we approach demographic groups according to their U.S. Census profile. Albeit, a profile may be abused as in pandering Ales and high proof liquors to members in the Black Community. This technique may used to the good when it is an extension of an invitation to work together out of box for the Greater Good. Such as working together: The Jewish Community and the Health Department to lower the deaths of babies in the Black community.

    Advice to Management

    To examine the detriments of a cultural value that automatically assumes approaching an ethnic group as an act of racism. The argument can be made that by extending an invitation to work on such a crucial issues as early childhood deaths the veneer of racist intent or perception should melt away. And be replace by a legitimate pursuit of the aforementioned good cause, based on cultural exchange of values. These values are what give positive (or good) will substance to effecting the reception which serves as a "Meet and Greet" entree to a working relationship and creating a larger pool of human capital as well as intellectual capital The sum result being the creation of a reservoir of good will and enlarging resources at hand to address the dilemma of disproportionate deaths of babies in this region of the Black African American Diaspora


  3. "Operations Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Multnomah County full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Place to work, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Difficult to move up to the organizational ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Work on effective employee retention programs.


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Multnomah County full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, sense of purpose, supportive work environment.

    Cons

    No major ones, biggest one is probably that certain things move very slowly in government which can get frustrating at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  6. "Cliched, stereotypical government job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Multnomah County full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Slow pace. Very low expectations. Failures are tolerated. Any technical knowledge is impressive to your peers. High pay with no productivity expectation. Seemingly limitless funds at all levels; purchase requests are rarely denied and budgets never reduced. Smart phone and laptop are provided freely to IT employees. Very social culture. Lots of down time. Managers take personal interest in their employees (they have little power with them professionally, so they are more like peers than reports.)

    Cons

    Slow pace. Very low expectations. Failures are expected. Success is overlooked and under appreciated. Very low tech for IT. There are many retirement-age employees who have never worked anywhere else and know nothing of industry standards or modern practices. Retirement is the only attrition factor since nobody is terminated, ever. Efficiency is frowned upon since the retention and growth of staff are a priority. Projects can take years to complete and budget is never a factor. Over-staffing fosters a "hot-potato" environment without initiative. Seemingly uncontrolled spending can appear as a blatant waste of taxpayer money, without any apparent oversight or auditing. It can be hard to watch the continuous, ill-advised software acquisitions, rapid-fire hiring and consultancy purchasing.

    Advice to Management

    There's nothing management can do. It's a Union shop (AFSCME Local 88). Managers cannot comment on employees' performance, productivity, aptitude or work ethic, since they have no real disciplinary authority over represented employees.

    Multnomah County Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – Administrative Analyst Sr.

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We know we have areas to improve, and candor such as yours can help identify to those focuses. Multnomah County aspires to be a place where ... More


  7. "Child support enforcement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Enforcement in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Support Enforcement in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Multnomah County full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, some court experience, exposure to working with the public. Caseloads are very heavy. Benefits are pretty good and it's close to public transportation.

    Cons

    Stale management, understaffed. Caseloads are barely manageable. Training is inconsistent, lacks usable resources, and is severely underdeveloped. Training is also so limited in its delivery that it lacks the resources to address varied learning styles.


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    "Business Services (DCHS) - Multnomah County"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Financial Technician in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good place to start a career and learn about government
    - Multnomah has a great internal training program
    - The experience looks good in your resume when looking for jobs

    Cons

    - Not a good place to settle
    - Nepotism and favoritism plays a role when moving up
    - Incompetent managers makes you feel more intelligent, but you will be making as little money compared to them
    - Too many managers on top level then actual employees which makes it hard to do the job
    - Don't value employee concerns

    Advice to Management

    Value your employee with respect and reward them for hard work. Talented employee are hard to find. Make a place free of favoritism and nepotism. Reshuffle management, so that incompetent managers don't make it home until they retire.

    Multnomah County Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – HR Manager

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Feedback like this helps us focus on areas to improve. Should you be interested in discussing the specifics of your concerns further, please don't ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dept of County Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Multnomah County full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits & hours, like every other government job. Accepting of diversity. There are some wonderful people as well.

    Cons

    Office politics. Bullies. It really depends on your specific area, but in DCM, a lot of folks are counting down to retirement doing ineffective work and biding their time by targeting other employees. There are many people wholly unqualified for their positions, in management and staff positions. Hopefully your manager isn't one of them.

    If you are an effective and efficient employee who likes to work hard and collaborate with your team members and across departments, you will have much trouble adjusting to the culture here.

    Again, it really depends on your specific area, and I can only relay my experience and impressions. There were some brilliant and wonderful people there, but many of them left too.

    Advice to Management

    Be real and transparent. There's a very odd organizational culture that inhibits communication and openness, and that damages the morale of many employees. Weed out the bad apples before they weed out the good ones. You had many excellent employees that left for this very reason.

    Multnomah County Response

    Mar 6, 2017 – HR Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. Multnomah County strives to be an inclusive, welcoming place to work and an employer of choice. As one of the largest employers in Oregon (and local government), we take ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good stepping stone and experience for career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Multnomah County full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management was proactive in providing opportunities in career growth
    Felt completely supported by direct supervisor
    Friendly, kind culture
    Helping the community
    Lots of people there to make a change

    Cons

    Compensation was low
    Politics and office politics are important to stay out of to enjoy job unless you like that sort of stuff
    Promotion is based upon seniority; not merit
    Not the kind of place if you like fast pace by nature

    Advice to Management

    Allow more channels for career growth to younger generations


  11. "Finance Technichian"

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    Current Employee - Finance Technician in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Finance Technician in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Multnomah County (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learned and develop skills to obtain knowledge to help me grow

    Cons

    not any at the moment


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