Working for PHI is a real mess
Environmental Public Health Investigator (Former Employee) – Denver, CO – September 14, 2018
This review is about DDPHE, specifically Public Health Inspections, rather than the City and County of Denver as a whole. PHI is a colossal disaster. Poor management, favoritism, nepotism - you name it and it happens in PHI. The turnover rate is astronomical both in residential and food safety. Employees are micromanaged over everything, including tracking how every day is spent down to the minute. The culture is toxic and negative. The workload is ridiculous even for the hardest worker. Little to no advancement opportunities available, especially if you aren’t one of management’s selected favorites. To be frank, I’ve been working for a long time. I’ve had some not so great jobs that I take in stride, but I’ve never seen anything close to what goes on in PHI. It’s genuinely abysmal. Management pretends to act so bewildered when people constantly quit, as if they can’t even wrap their heads around why people leave. They ask employees to express their concerns, yet time after time nothing changes. Then they turn around and target the employees who were brave enough to even speak up. It’s clear that they don’t really care and have no desire to take the real actions required to make PHI a worthwhile place to build a career. It’s a shame because they do important work that is of great value to the public. The City itself might be a great place to work, but I’d caution against joining PHI unless it’s to get some experience and then get out quick. Leaving this job was the best thing I ever did for myself.
Terrible management, micromanaging, excessive workload, toxic culture