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Southern California Association of Governments Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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  1. "Administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay...benefits..10% raises ...as long as you say look other way when staff are discriminated and harassed. Location and work from home (not really working) is also a great perk.

    Cons

    No challenge...boredom. If looking somewhere to relax and retire in next 5 years, this is the place. Must do everything the Management says, even if wrong thing to do (99% of the time) and must get permission to speak to stakeholders, boardmembers... Management fears smart, outspoken individuals, and push those type of people out....sad

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Management staff are unqualified and have a club that lies and benefits for one another. Need real management and leaders.


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

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    • 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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  4. "You win some, you lose some."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Southern California Association of Governments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The team is getting good milage out of scrum. The two week sprints are solid with little scope creep. The work is broken down well before we estimate it. All in all, this is the best adoption of scrum I've ever seen.

    - Pretty much everyone gets along. It's not uncommon for people to hang out outside of working hours because of common interests. There is a regular gaming night after work, for example. Movies are a thing to.

    - The office is close to public transportation. You can commute by train, bus, car, or foot.

    - Lunch is provided 3 days a week by private kitchen staff. It's good, as long as you like Asian Fusion.

    - The team is flexible about the schedule. If you need to take you kid to the doctor or wait for the cable guy it's not going to be a problem.

    - There are occasionally dogs, and there is a 'company cat' that is loved and adored by all. He lives outside, and hangs around to be loved on by anyone that walks past.

    Cons

    - Who is keeping an eye on the competition? The core tech concepts are becoming common place, and Oblong is in danger of being out innovated. First mover advantage is fading in the face of Silicon Valley heavyweights, and nobody seems to notice. (There is a reason this is #1 on the Cons list)

    - Lack of transparency. You really don't know where you stand, or if your doing a good job. There us very little feedback about performance, and people get let go with little to no warning that something is wrong.

    - You work in an open office environment. Everyone gets issued a pair of headphones to make up for that, but it's not really much help. The office is distracting and keeps people from doing their best work.

    - Pair programming isn't really a thing. More collaboration might cut down on wasted effort caused by working in isolation.

    - Ineffective communication. While all the team leads send out emails at the beginning and end of each sprint talking about all the things that their teams did, or are going to do there is no voice that ties it all together.

    - Teams full of individual contributors instead of team mates. Oblong works in scrum teams, but the members of the scrum teams generally work alone. This leads to siloing, and isn't really a very effective way to get a lot of tasks done. It also means that if you lose someone, your scrambling to pick up the pieces.

    - The office in in the Arts District downtown. Parking is terrible, traffic is terrible. Lunch is offered because you can't afford to eat in the neighborhood. Living near the office is painfully expensive, so most people have long commutes. If you DO decide to move close to the office, your going to need a roommate or spouse with comparable income. You can't do it by yourself. It's just too bloody expensive. Reasonably priced housing is a painfully long commute from the office. The office is over crowded, and probably VERY expensive. Seriously guys, move!

    Advice to Management

    Tune in, and get involved. If engineering isn't delivering, know why. If Sales isn't selling enough, know why. Don't be like MySpace. I'd like my stock to be worth something someday.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Planner"

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    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


  7. "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

  8. "good for your experience as a planner"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Southern California Association of Governments part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    networking and learning skills in GIS

    Cons

    staff are not passionate, limited time, location


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

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    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.


  10. "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..


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