The City Of Houston has unfortunately not kept up with the times to maintain a competitive environment for its fire and EMS personnel. Over 28 years, the department has fallen further behind the other larger cities in the state, and even the smaller ones within its own backyard. In addition, the lack of planning and forecasting capital expenditures and maintenance has resulted in stations far behind current recommended standards for safety and health of the employees. This failure has also recreated the emergency fleet replacement needs from the late 1990's. History will continue to repeat itself in the COH unless forward thinking leaders are elected someday.
SERGEANT OF POLICE (Former Employee) – 1200 Travis – November 3, 2018
I had a very good working environment at the City of Houston; however, the benefits and the salary are not as good as what Corporate America offer. My particular day were the supervision of employees, investigating criminal cases, and advising Police personnel on the types of charges to file with the District Attorney's Office.
Good working environment.
The pay is not as good nor equal to Corp. America.
Clerk Typist/Medical Records (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – November 2, 2018
The city's parole period for new employees is one year. Worked at the city one day before ending of parole period. Clock out time was 4:30 each day, Supervisor of department gave me termination letter at 4:20, said did not have to give reason for termination since the parole period was one year. Was a dependable employee at the city but was never given reason for the termination...
I enjoyed so much working for the community and helping others. I had a great boss and coworkers that made for a great working environment. Less stressful when you actually enjoy where you work and with who.
Getting a job with the City of Houston can be a bit of a challenge because of the high volume of applicants. However, there are many opportunities for a variety of skill sets in all city departments, so don't limit your search to one department. Once you are a City employee it is relatively easy to transfer to a different department. Therefore, if you don't see the ideal job, you may look at something similar in another department and transfer later on.
Some departments are better set up for career advancement. There are a few employees who are happy to coast along, but for the most part, people are looking for ways to improve themselves in their careers and in life in general. The City offers many resources for both through their training and Learning & Development Center. There are many benefits to working at the city, many are explained, and many others seem to be like Easter eggs you pick up along the way (always ask the questions!!).
The pay is less than stellar, but the benefits are better than average, and there are other perks for working at the City as well. Management can be archaic sometimes, and at other times progressive and innovative (it depends on which department).
Job security, flexibility, better than average benefits, good working environment, advancement opportunities, public service
Less than average pay, bureaucratic, over protected employees
Typical day at work. I made the most of everyday, I learned how to go with the flow. The boss and co-workers were easy to get along with. Everyday was a different day and each day, I put my best foot forward.
Deputy Director of Library (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – October 24, 2018
The leadership and staff commitment to serving the public is exceptional. They have award winning libraries and programs for each and every community and need more support and funding. Stellar department!