City of Seattle Reviews

Updated 11 Jul 2020

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3.3
54%
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City of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (no image)
Jenny Durkan
22 Ratings
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  • "The pay has not kept up with similar jobs in the private sector(in 7 reviews)

  • "Bureaucracy & unions, negative employees(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great location at Seattle Municipal Tower"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, and dress code

    Cons

    Promotion of internal candidates only

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  2. "Good Government Job"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Seattle, WA

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, civic services and sense of accomplishment

    Cons

    high stress, sometimes put into very complex situations to serve people with competing interest

  3. "Avoid death by meeting/bureocracy, continue doing good work"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Energy Management Analyst, Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very interesting work. Forward looking utility looking to lead technology transformation in the region.

    Cons

    too many meetings too much bureaucracy

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  4. "Culture and Accountability could be improved"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - IT Professional in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Relatively good salary and benefits for a municipal government

    Cons

    There was a lot of talk about promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion, mostly from Mayor’s initiatives that were trickled down with good intentions. But other than having brown bag lunches (lots of those) to socialize these initiatives, it was not visible that these initiatives were effective. HR works for department directors so they are ineffective in implementing fair and unbiased practices. They are solely there to help management carry out departmental goals. It is not uncommon that job duties don’t match job descriptions. If you’re not going to be a union member, make sure you work for a decent manager. Make sure you negotiate the salary you want because there is no merit pay increases once you’re employed but their annual COLA helps.

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  5. "Nepotism ruins everything"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Generalist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits, Benefits, Benefits, Benefits, Benefits

    Cons

    You may end up reporting to someone who doesn't have even a tenth of your qualifications.

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  6. "Public Service and Customer Focus"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent City of Seattle benefits package. Staff that cares about public service.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy adds time to getting things done.

  7. "Sfd"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Firefighter 

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great job great people great benefits

    Cons

    I love everything about this job

  8. "Great"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle part-time

    Pros

    Stable and lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Somewhat bureaucratic but to be expected

  9. "keep work ethic strong, have integrity"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City of Seattle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary/Benefits / paid holidays / vacation are all outstanding Working with skilled tradespeople of integrity makes the work even more rewarding

    Cons

    there is NO collaboration, NO honest communication and NO consistency from the majority of managers encountered

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  10. "A stable dead-end"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - SDCI in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City of Seattle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits & pension, many workers who want to contribute and make the city a better place.

    Cons

    Considering being in a tech hub, any IT support is impossible, and the software is a nightmare that was not thought out or implemented appropriately. As a band-aid to this huge problem the City has just decided to cherry pick "strategic advisors" with no technical background to add yet another layer of bureaucracy and red tape to getting IT help. HR (all white, btw) is on some fake social justice crusade and actively discourages advancement based on favoritism politics and avoid email to not get caught. Minimum qualifications only apply for certain *types* of people. They removed any training/college assistance. Opportunity to participate in programs is also cherry picked. They only chance you have to progress in professional development is if HR favors you or your demographic. There is very little opportunity to work with other teams, and many don't have any idea what another team does. The fragmentation leads to inefficiencies and distrust. The offices are segregated by income. As typical with most government agencies, there are many "tenured" employees buying time/hoarding money until retirement who resist technology and process improvement. Management is unable or unwilling to address this.

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