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Port of San Diego Reviews

Updated February 28, 2017
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Port of San Diego President and CEO Randa Coniglio
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  1. Featured Review

    "Incredibly Satisfying Place To Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of San Diego full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic, 21st century government agency with huge current influence and growth potential to make everything related to San Diego Bay better for everyone. The organization is investing in their people and we're all on the same page completing our vision and mission. It's possible to see the change we make on a daily basis while traversing the Tidelands and it's hugely empowering to be able to explain to people not familiar with the Port, just how important the Port is and how involved we are.

    Cons

    Not very many! We're a bit bureaucratic at times and while we're able to be very responsive compared to most other government agencies, we do still get caught up in some government red tape from time to time. Trust me though, the cons are difficult to come up with.

    Advice to Management

    Keep us going in the direction we're currently pointed. Things are looking up! Those of us who believe in this organization will march along right behind you and those who don't will move on to different organizations.


  2. "Great place to be with room to grow."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of San Diego full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    New ideas are considered. People are thinking up new ideas each day.

    Cons

    Salary at some positions could be better.


  3. "Admin"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - California in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of San Diego full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The organization has great camaraderie and is in the process of working on working an big measures and changes to move forward (in terms of culture and business).

    The benefits are fantastic (high coverage, 9-80 week, wellness allowance), and there is an expanding focus on hiring and retaining talent.

    Executives are open to talking to staff and discussing ideas. Training and career improvement is always an option (including tuition reimbursement).

    Cons

    In typical government fashion there are long term "career" employees who are happy with the status quo, and to wait for retirement. This attitude can have an ill effect on others around them.

    Salaries have been stagnate with minor raises in the past two years. This barely meets cost of living, particularly in the San Diego market. When compared to other regional agencies in SD, the Port's salaries are far from competitive.

    Infrastructure and Tools (the workplace, computers, etc) are in dire need of updating in order to be competitive in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Across the board increases (while appreciated), are not always motivating. If high and low performers get the same increase- hard work net's nothing. Where is the merit recognition?

    Follow through is key. There have been many good projects aimed at employees and culture (e.g. pier-to-pier, beacon, etc) that then go nowhere. That breeds distrust of Executives.

    Setting examples of Board interactions. Staff become frustrated when "recommendations" are not adopted. Recommendations are just that, recommendations, not plans for rubber stamping. Lead by example and set the expectation of how to react and interact.


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  5. "A great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly people, interesting work that is different every day

    Cons

    sometimes slow to get a project going


  6. "Admin Perspective"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administration in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administration in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of San Diego full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are wonderful
    The people who make the day enjoyable - the co workers who've become family
    9/80 work week = every other Friday off.
    Wellness Reimbursement Program is great!

    Cons

    It is hard to break out of the "admin class", most administrative assistants are third class in the organization. If you have been here 5+ years it is hard to get other positions that one may apply for, especially, if another is chosen because of their friendships and not qualifications for that job. Although referred to as the "backbone of the organization" admins are rarely if ever acknowledged, so that does make it difficult to have an upbeat moral 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to have child care brought into the District.
    It would be awesome, if Flex time was brought back into play as well!
    Less use of the words - INNOVATION and MILLENNIAL
    Randa is doing a great job, always has, I am proud to have her leading our organization.
    Raises are a GOOD Thing and should happen more often than not.


  7. "Exciting times ahead!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of San Diego full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fulfilling/Inspiring mission
    Opportunity to innovate
    Diversity of projects
    Collaborative work dynamic
    Opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Public agency process sometimes limiting/challenging

    Advice to Management

    Give opportunities to all staff to be champion of their work...


  8. "Its just ok"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of San Diego full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Education benefits
    on-site gym
    Wellness reimbursement (200 a year)
    educating reimbursement
    Close to airport/shuttle to airport
    Rotating Friday off
    Close to bay
    Close to food

    Cons

    No accountability (NONE at any level)
    Good works get "blanket" punishment instead of dealing one on one with bad/lazy employees
    Pay is not equal to industry standard and cost of living (proven through compensation study ignored by board of commissioners)
    Commissioners/Board members do not like Full time employees and it shows during board meetings.
    Commissioners chosen by site but no term limits are set; valderrama since 2005 others since 2011
    Supervisors/Managers do not know how to manager or supervise no training given on dealing with difficult workers or accountability.
    New hires are paid only salary bands except if you are a President/VP/Principle/Director new hires are not vested so they have to manage a 401k for retirement. That should mean more pay to workers but not here
    outdated technology, they just upgraded to 1 G speed for internet services and they always seems to be having "technical issues" or "outages"
    Not enough IT staff to support members.. tech tickets are ungodly slow 3 man hd team to handle 600 or more workers.. WHAT!!!???
    Rotating Friday off but you have to work more hours 9 hour days with 1 hour lunch. you leave home when its dark and get home when its dark forget about family time mon-fri.
    Far to much work to complete during the day, expect to work from home if you have a laptop and a phone (including weekends)
    Personnel Strategy studies have been done but ignored, those who have certifications and experience often don't do they jobs they were hired to do.
    In addition there is no clear pathway for advancement. departments use consultants to fill positions and then direct hire.
    High turn over due to pay and duties assigned.
    Hired a people strategy department but they are only used to party plan and set up work shop building for executive leaders (ELG/Directors/Principles)

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay for those not invested in the retirement system
    Hold managers and supervisors accountable.
    Promote and build from within
    Provide management workshops/retreats for others than ELG/DIrectors//Principles
    build the talent you have; those that don't want to grow early retire them and move on.


  9. "Cruise Ship Ambassator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Services/Procurement in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - General Services/Procurement in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of San Diego (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed the view of the bay in the summer.

    Cons

    The pay was minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your workers are not on a Cruise.


  10. "Expect positive changes with new CEO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Port of San Diego full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Randa Coniglio will do a great job.
    Committed employees.
    Organization has an important mission.

    Cons

    Perceived in region as being siloed. Commissioners sometimes work for their own interests rather than the overall Port mission and get overly involved in projects best left to staff.


  11. "Amazing Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maritime Trade Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Maritime Trade Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Port of San Diego full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Port is an amazing organization to work for.. People will sit on their job though making, getting your foot in the door almost impossible

    Cons

    People sit on their jobs for 20 years

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


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