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Intern (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAFebruary 2, 2018
It's a really relaxed atmosphere where I worked. Excellent pay, great work hours, and easy commute via transit. Management was a little disorganized in my department, but an overall great experience.
Pros
Relaxed workload, calm atmosphere, friendly people
Cons
Short lunch time, disorganized
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Stepping stone
Web Application Developer/Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAJanuary 28, 2018
Stepping stone
No level playing field and high turnover
Nepotism, lack of appreciation for workhorses.
Ego trips to dehydrated to spying, Lack of feedback to employees.
Especially, since management doesn't invest in all it's employees. Especially, when they are constantly networking for themselves or relatives. Real need for mentorship, better pay, lack of advancement opportunities and value
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Be Very Carefull
IT Systems Analyst (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJanuary 17, 2018
If you value a progressive work environment that's organized, fair, and unbiased this is not the place for you. Favors are rampant, objectivity is nil. Relationships and allegiances are fleeting. Hard work is not recognized or appreciated. This a very strange place to work.
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I loved to work on a fast paced environment during Festivals
Full Time janitor ,OCC Lead Janitor (Former Employee) –  Seattle CenterJanuary 4, 2018
If you like Festivals like I do and working around hundreds of thousands of guest, then this is a very cool job (at Seattle Center) Very fast pace at times, a lot of loud music and all sort of performers.I loved to work there for nine years!
Pros
Full benefits, free orca, low cost parking.
Cons
To much drama (power struggles)
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Nice and cooperative people
Youth Assistant (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WADecember 28, 2017
The job started off difficult due to being new and all but throughout the days i got used to people there and it was a great working environment and i had a good time working there.
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Independence and great people
GIS IT Intern (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WANovember 29, 2017
- Very independent work
- Low supervision
- Bi-weekly meetings with other interns and supervisor
- There is always something that needs to be done
- Coworkers are laid back for the most part, knowledgable and responsible
- Great company to gain experience and references through internships
- Overall a great place to work
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Highly recommended place to work
Principal Accountant - Accounts Payable (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WANovember 25, 2017
Great place to work. Dedicated bunch of employees. Diverse atmosphere. Benefits are excellent. If you are willing to work hard and put forth the effort, promotions are pretty much guaranteed.
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work changed every day
Firefighter (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WANovember 15, 2017
the work was very interesting you never knew what you were going to be doing next made life long friend with the people I worked with the hardest part of job was wait for the next alarm
Pros
great people to work with
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Good experience
Lifeguard (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WANovember 1, 2017
Had a lot of experience with people from different background. Learned how to cater to individual needs when it comes to swim lessons. Met a bunch of nice and cool people.
Pros
Great people
Cons
Not everyone does their part of the job
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Stressful vocation
Police Officer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 31, 2017
High stress job. Subject to burn out. Can be extremely stressful on relationships. After 20+ years, can not do It any longer. Stayed longer than I should have, especially in patrol for the duration.
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challenging environment with high expectations and low direction
Management System Analyst (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 25, 2017
The typical day was varied and irregular. Each day was characterized with many planned and unplanned high priority tasks. Many tasks have little or no training or direction on how to complete to the satisfaction of the person in charge.
Who you work for at the City of Seattle will greatly impact your success and happiness at the City. If it is a person who wants to and can take the time to coach a new employee through to success in the role, then the employment relationship will be great. If however, it is a situation where there is little time, high stress, lots to do, insufficient resources to do it, and the the manager just expects an high level of performance immediately, then I think there will be challenges in the employment relationship.
Pros
transportation covered via many options
Cons
many
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Typical Local Government Agency
Strategic Advisor (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 25, 2017
The City of Seattle is a vibrant place to work, full of diverse views, opportunities and experience. staff development is promoted. Opportunities for advancement occur regularly and often filled by internal candidates.
Pros
Great benefits, great people/culture
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Recreation Leader (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 21, 2017
If you like to work with teens this is the place for you. Very great place to work. Wonderful people and staff. Alot of organizing and planning community work.
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Great pay but very slow advancement
Intermittent Lifeguard and Swim Instructor (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 19, 2017
Working for the City of Seattle is a stable and good job, even in a temporary position. They have very competitive pay and for permanent employees the benefits are excellent. The downside is that it is a very slow environment for change to happen or any sort of advancement to a new permanent position. Parks employees have access to all the pools and recreation facilities for any of the programming.
Pros
Free pool use for parks employees
Cons
Slow paced advancement and changes in the work place
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Complaint Investigator (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 17, 2017
There are thousands of jobs at the City of Seattle, so I am only referring to my unit nd department. Taking complaints all day without being able to tell the truth was stressful.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
No job flexibility
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A really good intership
YCTP Internship Program (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 15, 2017
This internship was the closest thing that I had to a job for a year until it helped it me get my current job. I taught me how to lead and how to behave appropriately in a work environment.
Pros
extremly nice co workers
Cons
runs a little late
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Law Enforcement Officer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 2, 2017
Worked too long ago to rate so not able to provide information about the employer, the management or any other aspect of employment with the City of Seattle.
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Facilities Maintenance Lead Worker, Out of Class (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WASeptember 22, 2017
good place to work compared to other cities could use more improvement when it comes to taking care the most important aspect of the organization its people.
what I have learned its not what you know its who you know when it comes to career advancement. Typically managers look out for their own interest instead of the interest of the communities they have made a commitment to.
culture its minimal when it comes to diversity
serving our communities is the most enjoyable part of the job
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Good place to work
Senior Systems Analyst (Former Employee) –  Seattle Municipal TowerSeptember 20, 2017
Aside from the usual "politics at work" that take place working in a public sector environment, the City of Seattle is a great place to work. In general, work-life balance is taken seriously, the benefits are good, and the pay is generally competitive with similar work in the area. The workplace is diverse and amicable, with most people committed to the work. It is a rather large organization, so one can feel lost in the crowd at times, but within a work group or unit, there is a feeling of connectivity and mission to something larger.
Pros
Offices located centrally in downtown Seattle
Cons
Offices located centrally in downtown Seattle
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Productive and fun
Professional Freelance photographer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WASeptember 20, 2017
I loved the experience and would love to work their again. The people were friendly and very understanding. I wish my contract there would have been longer.
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