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Cedar River Watershed is a very rewarding work environment both personally and professionally.
Administrative Specialist II-BU (Current Employee), North Bend, WAJuly 17, 2014
Pros: location
Cons: i am currently a temporary employee and there are no benefits.
Cedar River Watershed is a very rewarding work environment both personally and professionally. I enjoy a fast-paced environment and I have learned alot while being here.
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DPD
Human Resources Intern (Current Employee), SeattleJune 17, 2014
Pros: flexible schedule
Cons: hard to get in
Great place to work if you have the experience to get in
DPD is making a lot of progress toward bettering Seattle
Community outreach is great
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One of the best places to work.
Administrative Specialist (Former Employee), Seattle, WashingtonMarch 29, 2014
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
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Enjoyable and fulfilling place to work.
Summer Youth Recreation Supervisor (Former Employee), Seattle WaMarch 11, 2014
Pros: had a chance to make a real difference.
Cons: they cut the funding that was originally alloted to help youth.
Fun working with youth and enjoyment of making a difference.
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Great resource for Seattle Youth
Youth Basketball League District Coordinator (Former Employee), Seattle, WADecember 13, 2013
A much needed community offering. Leagues are well run with coordination and communication between coaches, parents, community and kids.
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Great Program and recommend to anybody trying to move forward in life
Janitor/Driver (Current Employee), Seattle, WAOctober 29, 2013
Pros: patient supervisors and staff
Cons: no cons/
Seattle conservation Corps helped me get my foot back in the door of the Workplace and learned great new skills. Also helped me clean up some legal issues that i had from my past.
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Corrupt, corrupt, corrupt...
Strategic Advisor/Research Analyst (Former Employee), Seattle, WAAugust 1, 2013
Pros: high pay, little work for most
Cons: you will eventually become what you despise the longer you stay there.
This is not a government working for its people. It is a mix of activists trying to push their agendas as public servants, elected officials acting as executives that cannot make business decisions that work against their own self-preservation, and unqualified managers that have worked their way up through the system without proper education for their – more... executive roles.

The main lesson I learned as a City of Seattle employee is that the name of the game is creating more government positions that require minimal work, high levels of compensation, and your main job is to justify why your department needs more funding to study the efficiencies and positive outcomes you initially received funding for that you cannot prove were effective, even though the initial funding was contingent on tracking the same information and outcomes you promised would be delivered in the first place.

When caught, plead ignorance, blame a staffer, fire the employees that outed you, get sued for civil rights violations and unethical employment practices, knowing you will get qualified immunity and a City Attorney's office that will spend millions of dollars defending you, so the taxpayers never have to pay the judgment (even though the City Attorney's office will spend 10 times what it would cost so that they also can avoid the shame), using legal trickery to hide the bad acts from the public, and allow the corruption to continue (being this also justifies their ever-growing positions and operational funding).

Stay away, this career path will lead you NOWHERE AND FAST!!! Not to mention it will suck the life out of you. – less
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If you can get into the City, STAY THERE
Youth Development Specialist (Former Employee), Seattle, WAJuly 24, 2013
Awesome! Really enjoyed working here! Been off and on with the City for a few years as a temp. Great departments and lots of room for growth.
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Great place to work
HR (Current Employee), Seattle, WAJune 16, 2013
City of Seattle is a great place to work! Just research the management structure and see if it matches to your goals and then you should be good.
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productive and great company to work for
Camp Service Aide (Former Employee), Diablo, WAJune 15, 2013
Pros: good area
I like the company and people who work there, everyone works as a team.
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City of Seattle is a diverse employer with great benefits
Management Systems Analyst (Former Employee), Seattle, WAMay 3, 2013
Pros: competitive salary and benefits
Cons: bus pass was not a benefit
Everyday was a great day to go to work. Staff/team was like a family. I didn't feel like I was going to work. I felt like I was just having a great time with friends. End users were the same - fun to work with and at the same time - learning.
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Works collaboratively with case managers to coordinate client care with care givers, PCP’s , and community resources.
RN Nurse Consultant (Current Employee), Seattle, WAApril 28, 2013
Pros: working with truly needy vulnerable populations
Cons: lack of resources and lack of direct patient care
To help keep at risk low income patients in their home safely, and comfortably for as long as
possible.
• In the field triage ability for medically, mentally and socially, complex, clients
• Ability to work with families is distress and helps them cope successfully.
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Good people, budget challenges, changes in leadership.
RESEARCH AND EVALUATION AIDE (Former Employee), Seattle, WAMarch 20, 2013
Good people to work with, budget challenges tied to the City of Seattle's overall budget shortfall. Changes in leadership with several directors.
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a very good place to work
Technical Facilities Manager (Former Employee), Seattle, WAFebruary 20, 2013
Pros: benefits and pay
Cons: hours were graveyard
The city had great benefits but management let to many people get away with bad work habbits
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Not business enough for someone who is used to a fast-paced environment.
Administrative Staff Analyst (Former Employee), Seattle, WADecember 26, 2012
Pros: nice people to work with.
Cons: not busy enough
People were nice but wasn't busy enough. Enjoyed helping people with their Retirement.
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A challenge with pressure of making systems reporting the most important aspect of this service.
Mental Health Counselor/Case Manager (Former Employee), Seattle, WAAugust 31, 2012
The job was rewarding. However, as happens with many companies who make leadership changes, the end results are variable for workers. The job duties of this position took a sharp turn partly due to the economic climate and restrictions imposed by state legislation. I felt my job duties were difficult to manage due to the switch of emphasis of serving – more... our needy and most vulnerable citizens, the elderly and disabled who had little income and support systems. This service was not maneageble due to the constant changes and increasing state legislated systems reporting. The frequent shifts in leadership direction, and lack of information afforded our clients was difficult to face. I chose to transition from this job as I was ready to again meet the challenge of working within my field of expertise and applying my ethical standards of practice. – less
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It was a good experience overall
Finance Analyst (Former Employee), SeattleAugust 7, 2012
I learned a lot about how to maneuver in bureaucracies and also a lot about efficiency. I was able to improve processes and reduce wasted time substantially by implementing technology solutions for programs and reporting. The toughest part of the job is knowing that there is an expectation that the employee stays where they currently are permanently – more... and not advance. The best part of the job is security. Security is important for people depending on their circumstances. – less
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Great experience and networking
Scorer/Timer (Former Employee), Seattle, WAJune 24, 2012
Pros: great staff and great environment
Cons: seasonal
A typical day at work would consist of signing in to the "scoring/timing" book. After I signed in, I would set-up for the basketball games with my partner. The game duration was about 70 minutes total. After the game, my partner and I would clean up the gym to the original state. My total work time would be about 2 hours total, one day a week. The job – more... was simple and quick. I enjoyed the entire job and what duties came along with it. The job was not at all difficult to me ,but I did learn how to multi task more efficiently. – less
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It is a great place to work and I highly recommend it
ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST I (Former Employee), SeattleApril 25, 2012
Pros: great benefits
Cons: wished it was closer to home
When I was at HomeWise I sent out applications to customers and assisted the front desk. While I worked for the City I learned a lot about multi-tasking. When I was at DPD I worked in a very fast paced environment and it was a challenge to get everything done. The most enjoyable part of the job was providing great customer service to my customers and – more... making them happy. – less
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good
Seattle WASHINGTON (Current Employee), internNovember 8, 2011
Loved the City, poeple are friendly and helpful. Would work here forever if i could have.

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