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San Mateo County Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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Pros
  • The benefits are fantastic and there is a great work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment, good benefits (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Line staff have to to tip toe to avoid being scapegoated (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management don't know a thing but take all the credit for the work done (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great benefits if you work at the County of San Mateo. Great retirement plan."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Health insurance benefits for you and your family. Pension retirement contribution and employer contribution. Great vacation and sick accruals. Holiday paid. Great life insurance options.

    Cons

    Need to re-evaluate some job classifications to be compensative properly. Some departments with the same job classifications don’t have the same volume of work load however they get the same salary.


  2. "Financial Empowerment Program (FEP) Benefits Counselor"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at San Mateo County as a contractor

    Pros

    I'm able to assist mental health and vocational clients with services that nobody else can usually provide.

    Cons

    Some of the offsite locations for this job aren't the most welcoming places to work, although others are very good.

    Advice to Management

    More should be done to help coordinate services and improve the lines of communication.

  3. "Nice People"

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    Current Employee - Litigation Assistant in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Litigation Assistant in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at San Mateo County part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The office has very nice staff, retirement benefits are great

    Cons

    health benefits are still expensive, opportunity to move up is limited


  4. "Child Welfare"

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

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time

    Pros

    The salary is high, the Overtime is almost guaranteed, the benefits are very good

    Cons

    Long hours, little appreciation of staff, no positive reinforcement, politicized atmosphere, no supportive services for staff, most staff have resorted to alternate methods to cope (alcohol, pills, substance use).

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to staff. If the staff are emotionally healthy, then they are better able to serve the families under their care. Ignore the staff turmoil and the results for the families will be catastrophic


  5. "Case management/ Assessment Specialist II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and a lot of wisdom people

    Cons

    Sometimes stuff can be very slow.


  6. "Mental Health Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at San Mateo County part-time

    Pros

    friendly and welcoming environment, flexible schedules

    Cons

    Nothing to note for cons


  7. "County Work"

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

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time

    Pros

    Great people, diverse opportunities, meaningful work

    Cons

    Each job is what you make it

  8. "auditor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good employee to work with

    Cons

    very restrictive working hour, not allow work at home.


  9. "Great work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Health Specialist in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Environmental Health Specialist in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Personable management and coworkers, great and brilliant team of regulators to gain knowledge from. Good benefits. People know how to utilize proper channels of communication. Company encourages team building and solidarity among employees.

    Cons

    Retirement program at the latest tier, have less to offer compared to the previous tiers for employees who were hired much earlier on. Smaller-scale of employees so some departments have to multi-task which reduce time spent on actual core tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep up with the system of listening to your staff workers and valuing what they have to say, it helps build and strengthen trust amongst everyone.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunities exist, but don't know if it's worth the headache and stress that you might bring back home."

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    Current Employee - Health Systems
    Current Employee - Health Systems
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers for the most part.
    Work life balance is great
    The pay is decent, but slight could be better considering our cost of living.
    Benefits are decent but is a far strecth from the old plans that was offer prior to 2013.

    Like everywhere else, politics get in the way and bad upper management ruins things from the top down. Most superviosers are great. I'm talking about the very top. However, the department as a whole (most) are really passionate and work hard everyday to make things run smoothly. Mostly everyone is willing to help and communicates well to complete even the most complex situations/task.

    Cons

    Some lazy workers that ruin it for the other staff. Upper management could care less about your work load and establishes impossible deadlines, yet the resources/technology they provide seems like they are still stuck in the 90s. It's a vicious cycle.feedback gets taken in but nothing really gets done until something hits the fan.
    The money generated from our department goes into a black hole. There is no transparency as to what is done with it or where its going. When a program ask for funding, the budget is set so low that it's almost like a slap to face. This is clearly a upper management issue. Ironically, we are the ones bringing in the money but does not knows what happens with it. Try explaining that to the public.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to listen to staff and provide more help or proper resources if they want certain thing done. Overworking staff until they quit, then hiring is not a way to manage. It take away time and effort to retrain and learn everything to an adequate level of competency. It takes months! Feedback has been asked and given back but nothing really gets done in terms of the number of bodies needed to keep the ball rolling. Hence, that is why everyone is so backed up. We try but people who like to sip on their morning coffee in office can really care less. Well, some of them.


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