The Port has a great mission and exciting opportunities, but is unfortunately bogged down with typical government bureaucracy, cronyism, and protecting ineffective leaders. Despite attempts to appear like a more progressive, modern organization, my experience there was disappointing and I quickly learned that it was a place where staying within the lines was more encouraged than challenging assumptions, asking hard questions, and improving the business. Experiences there can vary widely though, and there are some departments that are much better environments than others, in addition to some very high-caliber leaders. Very difficult to advance in your career unless you 'put in your time' with the organization, irregardless of your previous qualifications or achievements. They have a long way to go in implementing the advertised culture across the Port, with lots of old school thinking still dragging on the organization.
Great offices, good compensation & benefits, onsite gym and focus on wellness, some departments know how to handle flexible work schedules
Culture is inconsistent across organization, bureaucratic processes, hierarchy, advancement is difficult, cronyism in hiring decisions, some leaders are weak and corrective action is lacking