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San Mateo County Reviews

Updated April 18, 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
  • Compensation and benefits are also not great if you take into consideration the cost of living in nearby cities (in 3 reviews)

  • Top-down culture, a lot of bureaucracy and micromanagement (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Librarian for 18 years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative, customer-oriented organization. Very rewarding work. They usually offer lots of opportunities for job training to develop new skills.

    Cons

    Experiences vary a lot depending on the particular job, location, and managers. Overall it is a great place to work if you want to make a difference.


  3. "Envrioment"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly political place, some bad managers make the hostile working environment.

    Cons

    good location, center of redwood city

    Advice to Management

    Some Bad Managers needs to be removed, HR is protecting bad managers, good employees do not stay.


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  5. "Supervisor Review of San Mateo County"

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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

    Pros

    Great place to work. The offer a great work/life balance. They offer a ton of training opportunities. They recently held a Career Day for staff which shows they take career opportunities serious.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be hard to engage with staff from other departments but this is true in many big organizations.


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    "Accounting positions"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    good benefits. Some departments offer flex schedules (i.e. 9 hours a day and you get every other Monday off etc. ) Pay is average compared to Santa Clara county and San Francisco county.

    Cons

    Lots of politics in the department that I am working. All management care about is claiming credits and they are not willing to take responsibility for any negative outcome. Line staff have to to tip toe to avoid being scapegoated. Exercising due diligence and staying technically competent does not mean you will get ahead. Instead, you may be penalized with more work while those who brag about the micro- tasks that they do and are willing to do Apple polishing get a lift in the helicopter. It is always about who you know and not what you know. Not the place to stay if you want to grow professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring math major & sociology major and expect them to know accounting. There are reason why colleges offer accounting degrees. Those who can talk does not mean they can perform. Cherish the people who can deliver without making a lot of noise. Hiring talkers/ apple polishers who cannot perform ( and giving them a free pass due to double standard) kills morale.


  7. "Plethora of Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor II in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor II in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It provides one of the best salaries in the area. Job security. Excellent Health Benefits.

    Cons

    Diversity of job duties, Management lack of openness to progression.

    Advice to Management

    Make Leadership training for management mandatory every year. Provide employees with the opportunity to review their supervisors.


  8. "psychiatric social worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    good pay for the bay area; supportive supervisors and management

    Cons

    it is expensive to live here


  9. "Legal Secretary"

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

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

    Pros

    They offer classes to sharpen your skills & good health insurance.

    Cons

    Not many chances for me to promote.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership can make or break the experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at San Mateo County full-time

    Pros

    New management respects work/life balance. Staff is professional and easy to work with especially when collaborating on projects or tasks. Supportive of learning. Provides tuition reimbursement, offers training classes and has community college partnership.

    Cons

    New management also means learning curve and indecision or lack of clear directions. It could be frustrating going in one direction then having to redo the work.

    Some times the wrong people are recognized for the work that is done.

    Advice to Management

    Work on confidence in making decisions and providing good directions.


  11. "Puts the people is serving the public"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Various Positions Throughout the Organization in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Various Positions Throughout the Organization in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    SMC is forward thinking in a lot aspects. As an organization they do many things right. They,
    promote (and in many places embody) responsive government;
    focus on serving the public in effective and efficient ways;
    strive to create a prosperous, safe, collaborative, healthy, safe and livable community;
    encourage Work-Life (blend/balance); and
    champion employee engagement, development, wellness and performance.

    Cons

    While the County may promote and believe in all of the above, many Departments are left to their own devices, and may not adopt all or many of the above. In addition, there are also challenges working in an environment where employees may be geographically and organizationally / departmentally disparate.


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