Police Officer (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA 15219 – July 24, 2018
I had an enjoyable career in Pittsburgh. As a police officer your always dealing with other people’s problems. So, you learn to solve problems between family members and neighborhood disputes. I wears on you after a period of time. All of my bosses were great.
Assistant City Solicitor (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – September 11, 2018
This is a great place to work to get your feet wet in the legal profession, especially if you are still exploring practice areas. However, there is just about zero room for advancement and the salaries are very low.
Scrum Master (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – June 13, 2018
A Typical work day for me is putting out network, IT related fires. Not a lot of time for proactive troubleshooting. Upper management is lackluster at best, and due to their lack of technical knowledge, it is hard for them to grasp the scope of work. Upper management is appointed, where as everyone else is hired based on the proficiency of knowledge to their related field. Things get lost in translation. The culture is chaos, but being a troubleshooter at heart it leads to an interesting time for me. The most enjoyable part of the job is the ability to touch multiple platforms of technology.
productive and helpful and nice people to work with.
Finance Department Intern (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – May 16, 2018
The duties that I performed were, collecting tax checks and knowing which taxes they were for, inputting the information for the checks into the correct spreadsheets, entering information for new employees, setting up parcel spreadsheets via porta spreadsheets, figuring out the tax value of certain parcels (city tax, state market or standard tax value), I was also asked to research the spending and usage of municipal bond money and I created a 2017 tax revenue spreadsheet to track quarterly tax payments. Throughout this internship, I have learned a lot, mostly about taxes and how they are spent, but also about the way our city uses them to create better infrastructure and improvements. I think the tax that sparked my interest most and really helped me learn about forecasting finance was the entertainment tax. That is one tax that really fluctuates and is difficult to predict. The city counts on their events to bring in revenue for the city. Some months they have many events while other times they have very few. In addition to taxes I also learned about municipal bonds, those bonds generate revenue for the city as well, however; if the government does not spend the money in time, they will be taxed twice as a penalty. One difficulty that I faced during the internship was the feeling of wasting my time. At the beginning of my internship, it was the start of the tax season. I was mostly in charge of data entry and that really started to make me feel as if this could potentially be the wrong choice for me. Thankfully, once the majority of the tax information was processed I wasmore... able to move on to different assignments and found the internship to be exactly what I was looking for. During the first couple of weeks I would go to the supervisor and ask him for additional assignments to try to switch things up, but he asked me to just complete the current assignments so that we could move on to new things. He felt I might get overwhelmed if he was to throw too many things at me. He was right. I did not know how much more involved and relevant the new assignments would be. After the completion of the data entry for taxes, my supervisor gave me a research project on muni bonds. Once that was complete he then demonstrated how they predicted the flow of income for the city from the different types of taxes they collected. Through communication and learning to be patient, I discovered how truly informative and beneficial this internship was. I feel that the internship was extremely worthwhile; it allowed me to take my education and apply it to real world scenarios. In school, we are only ever given things with right or wrong answers. We never really have the opportunity to apply our knowledge to relevant things and that is why internships are so important. This gives students the chance to show that they can be valuable in a position. Through my experience here and also with my previous internship I learned that it is almost more valuable to have work experience than a degree. That is why I was so eager to do more than just busy work. Thankfully this internship turned out to be more than just a way to pass time. I am very grateful for the opportunity that I was given with the city.less
Head Lifeguard/Swim Instructor (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – May 8, 2018
I loved being a Lifeguard during my years working for the City of Pittsburgh. This was never intended to be a lifetime career. Great place to learn and develop crucial skills for your future endeavors.
Recreational Leader (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – April 10, 2018
Typical day of work is working with youth. I learned how to teach various skills. Management was laid back. Workplace culture was a positive environment. The hardest part of the job was the paperwork. The most enjoyable part of the job was the appreciation from the kids.
Clerical Assistant/Specialist (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh PA – June 5, 2017
I have enjoyed my time with the City of Pittsburgh, especially the bureau of police. I have learned a lot about the PA and local justice systems in the last 3-4 years. The problem is that there is no room for advancement.
Utility Survey Specialist (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – May 16, 2017
Processing permits from Utility workers, public, contractors, etc. I'm learning about property lines, addressing, and geographic. Management is precise and down to earth. Culture is diverse The job can get challenging with amount of permits being processed. The most enjoyable part of the day is making people smile.
Scrum Master (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – March 28, 2017
I am by title a Network Analyst, but that translates to System Administrator. I also dual function as Scrum Master. My daily tasks include, but not limited to running backups, configuring switches and routers, creating vm's and maintaining them in VSphere, maintaining integrity of servers in virtual and physical environment. The benefits are great, and you get a ton of hands on experience especially in the IT department. The hardest part of the job is the lack of competitive pay, and lack of training because of pre-defined budget constraints.
Freedom to work(Higher Tiered positions), hands-on experience, benefits
limited training, not cross-functional, very clear ceiling, non-competitive wages