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Oakland Housing Authority Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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  1. "Great employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oakland Housing Authority full-time

    Pros

    Job security, pay and coworkers.

    Cons

    None, it is like all employers- there is room for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Don't walk, run...."

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    Current Contractor - Housing Assistance Representative in Oakland, CA
    Current Contractor - Housing Assistance Representative in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oakland Housing Authority as a contractor

    Pros

    Great benefits and an overall cool staff. If you like being micromanaged and cussed out by your boss this is a great place for you.

    Cons

    Everything else. I mean it's so far beyond worse than typical government in that there's so much corruption within the organization, particularly surrounding their budget and hiring practices. Civil service was created to ensure the most qualified for positions were hired rather than what's happening there. A gross amount of back-handed nepotism or favoritism leaving incompetent staffers in charge of projects and departments they have no business participating in. Meanwhile the cogs that keep the agency spinning are under paid, overworked, treated like step children, then asked to be extremely patient and flexible in dealing with leaders. My headline is don't walk, run because that's the best advice I can give any young professional seeking employment here. Save yourself, leave before you even think about working at this place.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people qualified to the perform the duties in your bogus job descriptions. Additionally create job descriptions that also fit the type of work employees are actually performing.


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    "Very little reason to care..."

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    Current Employee - Housing Assistance Representative in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Housing Assistance Representative in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oakland Housing Authority full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Show up and collect a paycheck. The ability to mindlessly go through life is alive and well at OHA.

    Cons

    No reason to work hard. The chosen ones get ahead regardless of their abilities. Morons dont get fired and hard working intelligent employees are feared, even though the same idiots have been in management for years.

    Advice to Management

    Your staff doesnt trust or appreciate your existance. Middle management does as they please, which is not a whole lot. Nobody cares one way or the other, management knows it... And doesnt care either.


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  5. "Ok place to work with room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Housing Representative in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Housing Representative in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oakland Housing Authority full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    For single people or those with one other family member, the least costly medical benefit is free.

    Cons

    Typical office politics, acts of favoritism, over worked, under paid

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your staff. If you have well treated, paid and respected employees, the agency could be so much better for all that encounter it.


  6. "terrible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Housing Representative in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Housing Representative in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    benefts are reasonably good considering it is a government job. But salary is lower for housing representatives than it used to be.

    Cons

    terrible leadership. They go to seminars and trainings to learn how to use all the buzzwords and then try to apply their abstract principles to an environment where it is not suited. Employee morale is very low. Especially since housing representatives have been reclassified to hourly employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management who is well educated but also has strong practical experience in the field and who know what it takes to get the job done.



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