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  1. "Very hardworking and dedicated staff. Committed to their role in a participatory democracy."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very smart group of people dedicated to the idea that we do live in a democracy and that their role is to facilitate the goals of the public in the S. Calif area.

    Cons

    Only complaint - I sometimes found the process of obtaining goods and services the agency needed from outside vendors unnecessarily difficult. But it is rough working within a government agency - they are under a microscope and are aware of that.

    Advice to Management

    Each vendor bidding on projects as low as 6 hours of work needs to do a substantial amount of legal research in order to know the rules they must follow. Do that research for them so they do not all have to do it.


  2. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly environment, lots of room for learning

    Cons

    Too little work, sometime get bored..


  3. "Budget and Grants Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Growth, salary, work life balance, and co workers

    Cons

    Until now there have been no significant cons


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  5. "Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Research and Analysis Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Intern - Research and Analysis Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Southern California Association of Governments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and well-paced working environment, satisfaction of feeling your work directly related to the regional development and each individual's life. You can also know a lot of experts, engineers, and planners from governments, private consulting firm, and institutes for conference and meeting at SCAG.

    Cons

    Relatively rigid structure (less turnover) and the promotion is a combination of your ability and year you have been working (even if you are super capable). Some other workers from departments other than Environmental and Land Use Planning might not that nice.


  6. "Nice people there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People there are good to work with

    Cons

    Too much repeated work as an intern


  7. "Senior Planner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Southern California Association of Governments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Flexible Hours

    Cons

    Management needs to take care of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Please please make your employees feel appreciative


  8. "Great Intro to the Professional World"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Subsidized public transportation fees (monthly reimbursement); welcoming staff and management

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from upper management to intern staff


  9. "Great people to work with if you like government work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Regional Planner in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Regional Planner in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Southern California Association of Governments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good benefits for a government agency, extensive exposure to regional and local planners from other government agencies and consulting firms

    Cons

    Top-heavy political organization with limited room to think independently (your ideas may be heard but are often drowned out by external influences), lack of a sense of satisfaction that the work you do influences anything other than the agency's image to its closest stakeholder agencies


  10. "If you are looking for a stable job, this place might be for you."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Southern California Association of Governments full-time

    Pros

    Laid back work culture, good employee benefits, and relatively stable work environment. They provide excellent IT service so that employees can work from home. High exposure to local elected officials if that is something you are interested.

    Cons

    Top management is rather disorganized. Directors and managers lack management skills and knowledge. Very limited professional development and career advancement opportunities within the organization. If you are looking for challenge, this is not the place to be.