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Port of Seattle Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani
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Pros
  • The company allows room for work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Overall a fun place to work and great people (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Management is a very much a "good old boys" club, woman and minorities are seriously under-represented in upper level positions (in 3 reviews)

  • New CEO yet to be proven effective (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Ground Transportation Controller"

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    Current Employee - Ground Transportation Controller in SeaTac, WA
    Current Employee - Ground Transportation Controller in SeaTac, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of Seattle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Room for growth. Paid time off. steady hours

    Cons

    crappy hours. always the last ones to find anything out.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not a Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Port of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Great people, nice work atmosphere

    Cons

    Management and senior leadership

    Advice to Management

    Clean House

  3. "The Octopus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Port of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, free parking.

    Cons

    As the title implies, each division is aimlessly trying to do it own thing without focused direction or meaningful cross-functional teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    There are some excellent leaders at the Port but the toxicity of a few spoil it for everyone. The Port needs to listen to its staff, move or remove those who cannot lead, and move forward. You will never achieve the "One Port" with leaders who only think about themselves.


  4. "Port of Seattle job experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    A diverse work environment with friendly staff.

    Cons

    The commute and parking for employees is the only con.


  5. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities and potential to make competitive income.

    Cons

    Not as "progressive" as other government agencies locally.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Port of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    The company allows room for work-life balance.

    Cons

    Most people are hired that know someone already working for the company

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. "Diverse environment. Was able to learn a lot from people with different cultures."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Port of Seattle part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and totally new experience.

    Cons

    fast pace environment. sometimes booring

  8. "Ground Transportation Controller"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in SeaTac, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in SeaTac, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of Seattle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    No Pros just a bunch of cons with suit and ties taking bribes and bonuses self evaluations.

    Cons

    Everything. Management lower and upper do not listen to employees, HR department is in managements pocket.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Smart group of people. Task oriented with no leadership."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in SeaTac, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in SeaTac, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well paid and smart workforce. Senior leaders work hard. Junior staff is cruising and making sure they can retire safely (the less initiative/risks the safer).

    Cons

    Half of the work is detailed memos writing to explain actions. Politics and fear disable a lot of potential initiatives. A lot of entitlement and resentment within the staff. People are on task but leadership/management are not valued.
    Fear drives behavior and actions. Political correctness creates an excessive sterile environment

    Advice to Management

    Put people first, invest in their personal growth, make leadership number one then tasks, initiatives and projects will move forward


  10. "Stable environment that supports diversity."

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in SeaTac, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in SeaTac, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Port of Seattle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large organization that likes to create opportunity for internal candidates that show potential. Exposure to many facets of aviation and maritime industries in a public service environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes not a lot of movement or room for advancement without broadening career focus. Somewhat stagnate environment with not a lot of younger professionals.


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