City of Seattle Reviews

Updated Nov 29, 2021

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3.8
78%
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City of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (no image)
Jenny Durkan
64 Ratings
Pros
  • "Help community, good work life balance(in 43 reviews)

  • "Great job great people great benefits(in 43 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The pay has not kept up with similar jobs in the private sector(in 7 reviews)

  • "In general, upper management seems only to care about their politics rather than the well being of the staff(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      I love my job

      Nov 29, 2021 - Park Laborer in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great pay, benefits, welcoming atmosphere, awesome staff, get to drive company truck, ability to join a union

      Cons

      Working in the rain, waiting for jobs to post

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great jobs with good departments, but progression is difficult.

      Nov 20, 2021 - Accounting Technician III in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A great team to work with!

      Cons

      Difficult to advance. No internal progression pathway within job classifications. If an accounting tech II wants to move on to be an accounting tech III, it is a competitive job seeking process. In other words, you apply for your own 'promotion'. Good luck.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Big employer

      Nov 10, 2021 - Strategic Advisor in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Opportunity to impact the community

      Cons

      large bureaucracy to work within sometimes

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good benefits

      Nov 22, 2021 - Human Resources Analyst in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits and friendly people.

      Cons

      Upward mobility can be challenging depending on what department you work for.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great job

      Nov 6, 2021 - Firefighter%2FEMT in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Everyday different Helping people Work with great people

      Cons

      Calls can be stressful. Poor sleep a lot of the time doing 24 hour shifts.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great benefits

      Nov 4, 2021 - Senior Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, working hours. Nice people.

      Cons

      Stressful! Not enough resources so workload is heavy

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Solid, but stagnant

      Nov 18, 2021 - Program Intake Representative in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Job security, ability to move into other jobs in your department / across the city.

      Cons

      Bureaucracy. It is slowwww moving, and red tape is everywhere. Also not a lot of opportunities for professional development.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Oct 21, 2021 - Applications Developer in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work home life balance, great benefits, pension, decent pay.

      Cons

      Slow moving bureaucratic, outsourcing too many projects.

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Toxic work environment

      Nov 20, 2021 - Public Records Officer in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I don't have any pros.

      Cons

      Extremely poor management and toxic work environment.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Decent, for the Aquatics field…

      Oct 13, 2021 - Senior Lifeguard in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Meaningful programs, it can keep you young. Good exposure and mentorship programs available within the Parks Department for those who are ready for whatever’s next. Stellar health benefits package. UNION WORKPLACE. Some sites have collaborative leadership. Some Coordinators are supportive of those with 2nd jobs or outside life demands. I have raised concerns with leadership and never faced retaliation.

      Cons

      Split shifts. Sub-living wage. 40 hours here will get you enough to afford rent in 4% of residential rental units in the area (2021 data). Sleep hygiene is not something you can count on here. Work/life balance can suffer.

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