Periodic compensation studies performed to keep up with market values; administration has made it a point to pay in the upper half of comparable cities; very good overall benefit pkg (healthcare and retirement)
Overall culture/personality is reasonable; most maintain a relatively positive demeanor.
Staff level positions tend to be very secure; as long as one does not totally abuse the system, little to no consequence. Personal performance is not formally measured (no evaluations). As a staff person, so long as you just show up (often) and do a reasonable job, you will advance thru your pay grade. Minimal incentive for going above and beyond.
Administration has made some impulsive Department Head and supervisory changes, especially for those attempting to express suggestions or observations on areas of improvement that affect certain projects or employees/departments.
Inconsistent expectations or treatment of staff between departments - requests that are not met by deparmental input despite repeated reminders prevent the coordinating department from completing its project on time. Perpetual tardiness (and absenteeism) by certain employees is known to be tolerated, yet voluntarily logging additional time is often not acknowledged/rewarded.
Unless one is a department head, public safety employee, or other front line (public visible) employee, continuing education/training is all but non-existent. There is little to no funding allocated for training of support staff or 1st level supervision. That is deemed as "your own" responsibility - both for the cost of the training as well as the time off to attend.
In an attempt to encourage employee suggestions, HR placed boxes throughout the various locations and touted to empty/review them each week. In my case, 2 were submitted (for an improvement to the website and for a cost saving-measure for the employee health program). Rationale for why the suggestions could not be implemented was not received, nor was even any acknowledgment of the suggestions.
Most difficult - that the same level of urgency and dedication toward a common goal was not shared collectively by staff
Most enjoyable - that there were periodically new and different projects to work on in addition to the daily routine.