Airport Building Maintenance Supervisor II (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – July 12, 2018
I was excited about this job, but the waste and thievery, even by managers. I was happy to retire when I did. This was one of the biggest disappointments of my life. I felt like I was going to be a public servant. It turned out to be watching management wasting money, (hundreds of thousands of dollars), and outright thievery by my bosses. I hate talking negatively about a former job, but since most of us live in cities, I think people should know this.
Able to help our community as a public servant and welcome visitors to Austin.
Being supervised by wasters of City of Austin resources and thieves
Management is very strict about your certification which is a very good thing so you always review your skills in CPR, water rescue and first aid. the scheduling is very very flexible and the pay is awesome. helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle because you must be fit and healthy in order to do your job.
Budget Analyst III (Current Employee) – Austin City Hall – June 26, 2018
I've been at this job for almost seven years now. It is a job with high level of security and the benefits are great. Since the budget cycle is highly cyclical my workload fluctuates quite a bit from time to time. Certain tasks can be very repetitive.
Unproductive environment with opportunity for improvement
Accounting Associate II (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – June 24, 2018
There are several systems used by each department. Most of the systems used are not integrated; therefore, multiplicative work is required. Many of the processes are manual. The work itself is not hard. There is a lot to learn and many opportunities for innovation. The organization needs individuals who can think outside the box and aren't afraid to speak up. The management team has a closed door policy. The Directors speak highly of collaboration, communication, and innovation; however, there is inconsistency with the Department Managers. They don't appear to be very organized and they have a hard time getting on the same page. Individuals are not held accountable for their work or attitude.
I came from the private sector and it has been a hard transition. As I noted earlier, the work itself is not hard. I enjoy learning and I look for ways to work more efficiently. The City of Austin offers a variety of classes at a high level that each employee must take. These classes include safety, work ethics, basic system training, and etc. However, I quickly found that the specific division did not have a formal training program nor procedures. I was expected to learn as I go with less than minimal direction. I quickly found that the employees are not held accountable for their work or attitude, mainly because management does not really know what is going on, what objectives should be in place let alone if they are being met.
In my opinion, there is a great deal of opportunity for improvement and with the right direction from the top this organization couldmore... run much more efficiently and could offer a challenging and rewarding career; however, they are not there yet.less
Usually left alone to do job functions, so very trusting supervisors and coworkers. Very professional and mostly stress-free. A bit too bureaucratic, but to be expected when working at a government or public company.
In order to lead one must know how to follow, so in the past when placed in a lead role I would show others what I have learned thus further solidifying my own knowledge on the matter while teaching them.
The City of Austin is a huge organization, so my experience won't remotely be close to someone else's. My department hasn't been around for very long, so we're still going through some growing pains. Most people that are my coworkers are highly resistant to change, but for the most part, my management is trying to thing more modernized and efficient.
The saying goes people don't quit jobs, they quit managers. Mine does everything she can to remind me that the saying it SO true. If I could do my exact job for a different boss, I would not be looking right now. Unfortunately, even after trying to resolve the issue through HR and the union, things do not look like they will change.
Environmental Reviewer Specialist / City (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – May 17, 2018
This position was lacking in variable responsibilities. The City of Austin made available opportunities to gain training and better understanding of environmental issues at hand, particularly water quality issued.
Contract Compliance Specialist III (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – May 3, 2018
This job is rated one of the best I've ever had. The location was great in respect to my home; My coworkers and management were awesome in my department; I loved my scope of work; I appreciated the overall culture.
pretrip my truck. learn how to drive certain vehicles in all conditions. management was okay. work place was hostile every morning. hardest part was getting the job done with a three man crew and only 2 men working. enjoyable part was when we helped in weather crisis and came to the aid of total strangers. that in itself is always comforting.
interacting with all types of people in the field
if the job requires 3 man crew the job needs all 3 men to come together and get it done
Dispatch (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – March 27, 2018
Typical work day is pretty laid back, depending on your position within the city. I just answer phones. They make it seem like you Temp position can become perm but it is rare. There are people who have been here for 2+ years and are still temp. Mostly because it isn't really up to your supervisor if you become permanent. It has everything to do with the allowed budget within the city and how many perm positions City Council allows the City to have every year. Temp positions don't really come with any benefits, they don't offer you insurance until a year. You don't get any paid sick or vacation time. You do, however, accumulate paid time off as temp for when you become perm and then when you are perm, then you can use it. So for the people who stay temp for several year, when they become perm, they get like a ridiculous amount of paid time off that they accumulated over their temp time. The people here can be pretty great, it is an easy place to make friends. The City often does some pretty cool inside and outside of work functions.