Database Developer (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – April 3, 2017
Workplace culture is impersonal. Management has taken steps to try to make it more friendlier, but the situation remains intransient. New employees arrive anxious to be part of a team and find there is no team.
Gained a massive amount of experience in writing database procedures, triggers, view, etc.
Work is concentrated. There are not opportunities to hold another role.
Information Technology (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – April 23, 2017
Functional managers are great but the others are out of touch with reality and fail to recognize real successes and failures. The heroics of a few people keep everything going. Political whims create constant roller coasters; priorities shift weekly/daily and it is not efficient or sustainable.
Public service is fulfilling and it is never boring
Payroll Supervisor (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – April 14, 2017
Position too hard to get anything new implemented - the expectation was a non thinking robot expected to do as told. Too many technician processing payroll for 2000 employees. Waste of tax payer dollars.
Sr. Claims Analyst (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – February 19, 2017
Fast paced environment. Must be flexible and able to change priorities routinely with frequent changes in management which is the hardest part of this job and probably what I learned most during my tenure with this employer. I enjoyed working with many of the employees and clients
Management did not have full understanding my specific work.
Diverse workplace environment with many opportunity to advance
Crew Chief - Drainage and Wastewater (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – January 22, 2017
Working for SPU was absolutely one of the best jobs I have ever had. My fellow employees were always a pleasure to work with and that makes the days go by quickly. I came up through the Apprenticeship Program and within 2 years was working as a Lead Worker and started as fill-in Crew Chief when ours was off. Within a few more years, I landed an out-of-class opportunity as a Management Systems Analyst, where I learned the office side of the field work and realized that I had found my calling. Management is extremely supportive and encourages employees to apply for out-of-class opportunities for that very reason.
Amazing benefits and pay plus opportunity to advance
Lead Worker - Drainage and Wastewater (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – January 22, 2017
Seattle Public Utilities is an excellent place to work. Overtime is readily available for many of the field positions, but not so much in the office. It is an extremely diverse environment that prides itself on utilizing peoples strengths. Advancement opportunities are always available as long as you are motivated and work hard.
Financial Aid Counselor II (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – December 28, 2016
I loved working here. Everyone is incredibly friendly, welcoming, and positive. I would highly recommend getting a job here. The benefits and salary are great, and the location is located a few blocks from the space needle. 10/10 would recommend.
Police Officer (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – December 22, 2016
Learned so much in regards to law enforcement that can help set me up for many future opportunities. This city is a great place to work and gain an understanding for the difference law enforcement personnel can make in the community
Maintenance Laborer (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – December 10, 2016
I grew up within the city of Seattle I enjoyed as a youth having the opportunity to visit parks and community centers now that I have had the opportunity to work within the Seattle parks for the last 21 years it means so much to me to have the opportunity to give back to my community and other communities around Seattle
Administrative Support (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – December 2, 2016
By far the worst place I have worked. I only stayed as long as I did because of the medical benefits. People are rude, disrespectful and micro manage to the point no one can talk to direct reports without the manager being there so they can record what people are requesting. Management required to know where you were even if you were making copies or going to the bathroom for a couple of mins. But was unable to handle any unexpected work to the point where the manager had a breakdown at work and freaked out and left because of a last min request. Director was just as inappropriate letting workers *( on many occasions) watch Sounders games in the meeting rooms during work hours. The director also often spoke about her support of abortion in work meetings and how they thought a person who had many of them was a great person. The entire OFE department was like this.
Senior Report Developer (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – October 4, 2016
Opportunity to work with many different data sources, Oracle, SQL Server, Sharepoint Online, Excel and Excel Online, Cache, and more. Learned a lots about a variety of data working with some great co-workers. Most difficult were some of the new managers.
Benefits are good and some of the technical direction.
Too much politics that trumps good technical common sense.