Pros: nice office, good work/life balance, very busy workload, treated with respect by all co-workers, good benefits, decent pay, good work location, huge variety of tasks, paid 75% of bus pass.
Cons: did not use my skills, not challenging enough.
I was a temporary employee working directly for the City of Seattle's own temporary staffing department. I started in the parking enforcement section of the Transportation Department and they wanted to hire me permanently. However they received an internal transfer from the street use section of the same department, so the manager recommended me to – more... the Director of Transportation for the job the internal transferred employee vacated. The parking job was very boring, but the Street Use position was extremely busy, although not difficult. I was encouraged to help with the sewer counter's staff and was learning a lot there. Our street use manager retired and the person in line for the position was undercut by a new hire. This new manager seemed like he was going to be good for the department, but he ultimately was letting people go and hiring his friends and acquaintances at higher wage brackets for the same positions without going through proper channels. I was one of about one-third of the staff who was let go and many others transferred out of the department. I found out a couple of years later that he had been fired only a year or so after I left, and had also been prosecuted for his behavior. I would ultimately enjoy working for the City of Seattle again. The department was very large and I worked well with everyone. The mayor put on events were he explained that since people spend more time at work than they do at home, his ultimate goal is to make their working environment as pleasant as possible. It is no wonder that most of the people stay there for a long time. – less