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Washington DC Government Employee Reviews about "poor management"

Updated Feb 28, 2021

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Washington DC Government Mayor Vincent C. Gray (no image)
Vincent C. Gray
76 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work-life balance is pretty good(in 19 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, coworkers are great(in 16 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Disrespect, co-workers, parents, poor management(in 10 reviews)

  • "It's a typical work environment and mostly everyone is to themselves(in 10 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great place

      Feb 28, 2021 - Special Education School Bus Attendant 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Pay, children, split shift, easy, leave

      Cons

      Disrespect, co-workers, parents, poor management

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Not a good experience

      Jan 23, 2021 - Programmer Analyst 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great experience teaches you legislative process

      Cons

      Poor management and long hours

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Equal Opportunity and fairness overall.

      Oct 22, 2020 - EEO in Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Stable career path with room the grow.

      Cons

      Frequent administrative failure and poor management.

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    4. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      DC Gub-ment

      Aug 26, 2019 - Operations Specialist 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      a great way to excelerate career path

      Cons

      Poor management; management growth through attrition and not industry-based knowledge skills and abilities; stagnent growth unless you are willing to compromise integrity

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Office of Tax and Revenue

      Mar 29, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Compensation, growth potential within the organization

      Cons

      Terrible culture with gossip running rampant; Poor management/leadership style; HR Department makes up their own rules and the union allows it; negative attitude from leadership on work-life balance; departmental silos

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Poor Leadership at DC Housing Finance Agency

      Nov 14, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Free Parking, Great Location, Year End Bonus, Family Friendly

      Cons

      Favoritism, Too Political, Poor Leadership, Poor Management, Negative Culture

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Proceed with Caution

      Jul 18, 2016 - Contract Specialist in Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The work itself was good, providing procurement services to schools, fire and police departments, and other various public services.

      Cons

      The Director frequently tries to steer awards and has little regard for procurement regulations. VERY high turnover; I was hired with 5 other individuals and by the time I left 9 months after starting there was only 1 person left. Everyone else was either fired for petty reasons or quit as a result of poor management.

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Special Assistant - EOM (Bowser Administration)

      Apr 14, 2015 - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Inflated city government salary, benefits

      Cons

      No job description, too many levels of bureaucracy, nepotism and favoritism based on race/sex, poor management. Can I go on?

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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Recreation Specialist

      Feb 25, 2015 - Recreation Specialist in Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Benefits, location, no other pros to this job

      Cons

      Unprofessional, lack of diversity, uneducated, labor union run, poor management, fiscally corrupt

      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Avoid at all costs

      Aug 29, 2012 -  in Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Higher than average salary for position. Close proximity to transit lines. Satisfactory benefits. Lots of opportunities to commiserate.

      Cons

      Poor management drives misplaced priorities. Angry "customers" openly threaten and abuse the staff with no consequences and instead receive rewards. Overly territorial and hierarchical system drives unethical, illegal, and illogical behavior. Rampant cronyism. Outdated or poorly calibrated equipment. A complete lack of organization. Unsanitary work spaces (rats, etc.). Protocol is largely nonexistent, but what does exist makes no sense and changes on a weekly basis. No one really knows anything, because so few protocols are ever written. Training consists of shadowing your co-workers; supervisors do not know even half of what your veteran co-workers know. Managers frequently bully their subordinates and run new employees out of the organization if they go against the grain. Socializing and charisma are considered more important than competence. One worker was extremely tardy (3-4 hours late), took 2 hour lunches, and neglected her assignments; the supervisor just re-assigned the work and gave the staffer a perfect performance review as a reward for ordering and retrieving lunch for the office on a daily basis. Staffers known for producing high-quality work, on the other hand, are terminated prior to the end of their probationary period if management feels threatened or insecure. This happened at least 3 times in 3 years, keeping turnover and the number of staff vacancies quite high.

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      2 people found this review helpful
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