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Port of Seattle Reviews

Updated January 26, 2017
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  1. "Stable environment that supports diversity."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    "Smart group of people. Task oriented with no leadership."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snohomish, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snohomish, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great people, great work life balance.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity once you reach a certain point in your career.


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  5. "warehouse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Airline Pilot in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Airline Pilot in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Port of Seattle (Less than a year)

    Pros

    awesome job good place to work

    Cons

    none i'm content with my job


  6. "Adminstrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work, comfortable environment, good choices for lunch.

    Cons

    I found it to be deadly dull.


  7. "Worst place to work - Very abusive environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and some good people

    Cons

    If you like no management support and union staff running the show this is the place to work. If your not in the good old boys and girls club then your bullied and abused. The port does want to change and become a world class airport. Management are cowards and will not go up against union employees even if the union employees are in the wrong. The lowest of the low, are employed by the Port of Seattle. No degree needed.

    Advice to Management

    Leave and have them replaced with educated people.


  8. "Needs a Culture Overhaul"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Port of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    There are some really good people that work for the Port. Salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    There are some VERY bad managers that run amok.


  9. "The Port - Does Not Walk the Talk"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Port of Seattle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Beautiful working conditions if you happen to be assigned to the "Palace on the Pier." Good perquisites for frequent travelers. Mostly competitive salaries.

    Cons

    The Port is not a place I would recommend to anyone who is looking for an employer that cares about employee welfare. The new CEO, Leadership Team and re-organization have focused on the premise that government workers are bad and that they are going to reform, transform all of those lazy, tax-spending government workers into real business people. Directorships and Sr. Management do not reflect the written values of the organization. The written values, nicely formatted and published are nothing but lip-service. Employee performance management is really a disguise for harassment; if we target them in our cross hairs long enough, they will leave. The environment is one of distrust and skepticism of the general employee population creating an "us vs. them" relationship between Sr. Management, Management and staff. Morale is at an all time low with most employees feeling threatened for their future. The organization is cold, unfriendly and dispassionate.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk. Be the personification of the values you so diligently worked to write on paper, but very obviously refuse to practice in your daily activities. Your image is tarnished, and you need to realize this.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, pension plan, good people

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for career growth


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Typical government entity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people.

    Cons

    Lack of collaboration between departments. Senior management unable/unwilling to take (calculated) risks to improve the organization and/or empower staff to make decisions. Technologically challenged.

    Advice to Management

    Give staff the tools, resources, and autonomy to affect real change within the organization.



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