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providing the supply's and equipment needed to get the job done ,but also the knowledge and training that goes along with getting the job done right.

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Good people and people that you can trust with your life.Always learning something new everyday and continually learning more and more the longer your on the job.Management Well always need to remember where they came from. "The Floor" don't forget where you came from and always remember to have your guys back and make sure they come first. No matter position Management holds.The hardest part of the job is seeing people loose loved ones especially when they go to bed mad with one another. You only LIVE ONCE so make sure at the end of it all day etc...always tell your loved ones that you do love them.


people love Firefighters they will bend over backward for you.


B.S. Sometimes living with people as much as we do can be a GOD DAMM Sorority House.
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I thoroughly enjoyed working for them

I work for the city of Santa Barbara for 15 years and I never regretted working for them. Everyone was very helpful with my job in regard to management. Just a joy to work with the city of Santa Barbara overall. I will never forget working for them for the rest of my life.
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Hard working and grit driven

Best place I've ever worked, miss working there with the crew.Training from the ground up, high expectations. Internally promotion is a big aspect of the city, lots of room for growth. Distribution is hard work and requires alot of grit. Standby and overtime are a regular part of your schedule. The kind of place that makes you regret leaving.
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Fun, but insecure

Central library was a fun place to work security, which I did between 2011 and 2015. Very rarely a boring job, the unending influx of homeless folks kept me busy. Coworkers were nice people, all. My position had no upward track, so no real advancement in the 4 years I spent there. Ultimately beholden to the city attorneys, the library position was eliminated after a physical attack by a homeless man and my kinetic response. A fun place to work, but as with any government job, you can be quickly dismissed and swept under a rug with whichever way the political winds blow. Amongst the higher ups, the taller you stand, more you sway in the wind.
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One of the most exciting jobs to have.

Great line of work to be in learned a lot. Encourage anyone to go after a carrier in this type of field. Very hardwork but being able to help people and save them it's the best reward in life.
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Great pay and a myriad of different departments to work in

Pros: - Great pay and salary to offset living costs in Santa Barbara- Plenty of part-time job opportunities for SBCC and UCSB students, offering flexibility in work scheduling to accommodate class schedulesCons: - Promotional opportunities are nearly non-existent for students outside of part-time jobs. Most promotional job offers and full-time job opportunities are given to graduate degree holders.- The City of Santa Barbara laid off over 400+ employees during the pandemic (the majority of them being part-time city employees, no matter how long they were employed).- No benefits or health insurance offered with part-time jobs. Also, you have to pay for parking by the hour when parking in any of their city parking lots.
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Not a fun work environment

The lack of knowledge in horticulture and poor management at the Parks and Recreation Department has really shown over the past 10 years. More and more is just being contracted out due to poor management. New employees are also getting less retirement benefits and are having to work more years.




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Great Job and Environment

I was a part-time employee for the city as a Security. It was a great opportunity to get some experience and my supervisors were always supportive of my career goals.
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The people are extraordinary

Great place to live and work. Would recommend this City for those folks needing a good job with chances for advancement. Most supervisors are willing to train and promote in a timely.




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Well-paid and overall a great experience

I was a temporary employee, which means you only get 1000 hours to work for each year. My supervisors were very helpful/had my back and wanted to see me succeed, and other city employees were nice as well. My position wasn't very challenging at all, but that allowed me to go home without stress every day after work. I would recommend working for the City.


Great pay, everyone was nice


No ability to extend hours after 1000
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Great city to work for!

All around friendly professional people. They treat there employees amazing, and nothing beats working on the beach while protecting the lives of others.
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This is a very fair place to work with a lot of wonderful people. I'm always able to find the resources I need, whether that be from the online database or a coworker.
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Great job

It was a great job opportunity I thank them for allowing me to work there and for the experience it gave me to work in other jobs I have. Forever grateful
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productive and fun place

Everyday at downtown parking was busy and interacting with customers. Making sure you know how to handle cash register, pleasing customers and how to operate computer. Involves a lot of communication with not only customers but with co-workers and bosses. Need a lot of patience to work with difficult customers but its always fun interacting with different cultures.


paid break


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It all depends on who you know...

Management is like a group of school age kids that have their little groups of friends or employees that always tell them what they want to hear. Horrible place to work! If you get on their bad side, you are finished!


Good pay in certain departments.


Streets department is like kindergarten.....
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lots of work

good job lots of work good training nice people lots to do and see in the city had fun working there. management was good, loved helping people on phone and in person
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Easy, laid back working environment

A typical day on the parking lot booth it was pretty laid back when it was slow. Only down fall is that your sitting hours in the booth with nothing to do if you did not bring anything to do. It is a job that anyone can do the only thing I felt it was to easy and no advancement and the hours of job could be afternoon to late at night since they are operating all day.
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A great short-term job

You learn to deal with many different people. A day can fly by or feel very slow depending on how busy the lot is. It can be hard if you're the type to take things personally, since many people who park are inconsiderate and rude. But again, a good learning experience!
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no review

While I would like to say more there real is not much to say about this job experience as I was there for less than six months and was not there long enough to give a proper review.
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Great job, Learned much from it

It was a fantastic opportunity and I learned how to manage municipal property and deal with customers, especially large amounts of customers every day.
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very professional work place

no parties or incentives because its a government employer so everything had to be professional as well as a set hourly pay.did what was required and dealt with the public frequently so must be presentable and professional at all times because there was always someone watching.


good pay benefits


position was temporary
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Based on 35 reviews

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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.5 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.7 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.7 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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