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Multnomah County Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2019

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3.2
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Deborah Kafoury
25 Ratings
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  • "HR and upper management are basically robots(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Multnomah County full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance at this employer

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of right now

    Multnomah County2018-09-12
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Few really caring people...lots of politics, no real “diversity”"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Multnomah County full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I’ve worked with some truly caring individuals that work directly with the community and that gives me hope. There are staff that goes above and beyond in everything that they do, regardless if they get recognized for it or not.

    Cons

    No real diversity or inclusion. It’s a joke. There’s “plans” and “discussions” of it but no real action. Middle management and director leaders have no communication skills, will not say hi to you if you have nothing to offer them. Full of nepotism and Politics. Very hard to advance, no employee growth. Many microagressions with poor HR relations to tend to grievances. Difficult to talk to managers about problems when...

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    Advice to Management

    Step it up, don’t talk to audiences and communities in big spaces and talk about diversity and how you want to improve systems of care when you treat staff like crap and like they are less than human. Hire more individuals with lived experiences, stop microagressions and educate yourself, take actual feedback from employees into consideration.

    Multnomah County2019-03-21

    Multnomah County Response

    April 11, 2019Administrative Analyst Sr.

    We appreciate you taking the time to recognize some of the great staff you worked with as well as voice your concerns about your experiences with management at the County. In January 2019, the county adopted its first countywide Workforce Equity Strategic Plan. This plan creates new ...

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic Sexist Racist Political"

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Multnomah County full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are a few, and I mean just a few good employees there that really care about their jobs. Most of them just milk county public dollars and are lazy

    Cons

    the environment at Multnomah county is very toxic and political. There is reverse racism, where there is racism against white people. There is sexism against males. If you are a heterosexual Caucasian male you are pretty much labeled a sexist misogynist racist homophobe. they try to be so inclusive and shove other people's opinions down your throat and make you feel guilty like you are a bad person because you are white....

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    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting time in meetings that do nothing and also stop trying to shove diversity down people's throats when the county is the one who does not see outside the box and only sees the world one way as they think it should be.

    Multnomah County2019-04-09

    Multnomah County Response

    May 1, 2019Administrative Analyst Sr.

    We are committed to identifying ways to improve the sense of safety, trust and belonging of all Multnomah County staff. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly about this. If you're interested, please contact central.human.resources@multco.us.

  4. "great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Multnomah County full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Really hard to advance in some areas of the county.

    Multnomah County2019-02-14
  5. Helpful (2)

    "I wouldn't do it again"

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    Former Employee - Corrections Technician/Probation Officer -Temp Worker in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Multnomah County for more than a year

    Pros

    There were some lovely people working there that seemed to care about helping their community.

    Cons

    My assignments were changed with no notice, HR was miserably rude and unhelpful, and there was no path to regular employment. I was told to volunteer (!) or try for a position in a different county and come back with more direct experience, or take a position that I was over-qualified for and hope to move up. This is after I had excelled at performing the job duties as a temp. I was moved six times, and one time told...

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    Advice to Management

    Honestly, my managers were supportive. My impression was that management was in a lot of meetings with itself, but HR was my biggest complaint as they were not transparent or easy to work with. Also, if you hire temp workers that are qualified for a position, providing a path to regular employment would be a much more ethical way to use temporary employees.

    Multnomah County2019-01-22

    Multnomah County Response

    May 1, 2019Administrative Analyst Sr.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are committed to identifying ways to improve the sense of safety, trust and belonging of all Multnomah County staff. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly about this. If you're interested, please contact central.human.resources@multco.us.

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Office Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Multnomah County full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, some good people.

    Cons

    Very political/social environment, lots of favoritism and nepotism. Union organization is a joke where hiring/support is concerned. If they like you on a strictly personal level, regardless of work performance, you will succeed. If you look to be rewarded for hard work or good work ethics, not the place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Too many overpaid middle "managers" who do not know how to manage and spend most of their time in "meetings". Hire managers and supervisors who know how to do their jobs and support work teams as the should. Job performance should matter!

    Multnomah County2018-10-31
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Working for Robots"

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    Former Employee - Corrections Technician in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Multnomah County full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good working hours, working for your community, decent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    HR and upper management are basically robots. They have no care for their employees and will throw long time employees under the bus for very minor mistakes. Hard work and dedication to the job goes unnoticed. “Essential employee” rules that dictate that you have to be at work no matter what happens (I was literally snowed in and had no choice but to walk the 30 miles from home to downtown, and got written up for not...

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    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees like real people. Learn empathy. Learn how to talk like real people and stop giving canned/robotic answers to your employees for everything. Quit fighting with the unions tooth and nail over everything, just because your employees don’t like being treated like garbage.

    Multnomah County2018-10-14
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Budget Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Multnomah County full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It emphasis on improving citizen access to county information ie SAP re-implementation, geo spatial coding of services, events

    Cons

    Seems to be a culture of access which determines whose views , anlaysis or improvments to proess are heard by Senior team.

    Advice to Management

    Improve current website document information from excel spreadsheets, pdf and word documents to interactive dashboards as the initial interface ie - program budget spend vs actual, headcount actual vs plan, drill down to underlying variance to budget issue

    Multnomah County2018-09-26
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, questionable culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Multnomah County part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I love my coworkers and the benefits are great. I have a flexible schedule and my supervisor is amazing.

    Cons

    Upper management and county leadership have created an environment where it’s extrem hard to advance. Also it’s hard to take things seriously when some of our commissioners act like entitled teenagers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees. Make it easier to promote and move within the county departments.

    Multnomah County2018-09-16
  10. "Finance Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Multnomah County full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and good work life balance

    Cons

    Growth is slow and cross training is not really encouraged

    Advice to Management

    Encourage growth and cross training

    Multnomah County2018-08-08
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