Specialist I (Former Employee) – Seattle – February 1, 2019
There were things I loved working for the City of Seattle and things that were awful. Each department has its own culture so it's heavily dependent on where you end up and who your management is. I was in a department with an extremely poor leader who shot employee morale to pieces, and experienced much managerial turnover and and upheaval in my time there. Other, more stable departments thrive under better bosses. Take some time to learn about the department you're applying for if you can.
Technology is poorly represented and you have to search outside the City for really good training. If you have supportive management, you can usually get reimbursed for necessary job training. There is a lot of encouragement toward continued growth and learning. However, not much internal education to back it up. I received very little training or mentorship towards my position.
There can be a lot of office and inter-departmental politics, and there are a few remnants of the old boys club of yore still hanging around, although mostly it is a very progressive place to work.
Outside of a nice paycheck and great benefits, don't expect a whole lot of other perks. There's a lot of red tape around what can be done with government funding so you're not going to get the little comforts that the private sector offers. Even employee recognition is a bare bones affair. Which is fine, just know there's not going to be ping pong tables or free coffee. I did have a good work-life balance and seldom required overtime, which was great.
Cashier/Account Tech II (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – January 26, 2019
I worked here for many years and never advanced because I refused to kiss the butts of my managers (saying this lightly). After three years, I applied for a promotion - And they gave it to a temp that they just hired two months prior! Why?? Was she better qualified? Nope! 'Cause she kissed the butt of the immediate supervisor and treated him to lunch everyday. Or maybe (not being racist here) because she was Asian and all the managers at the time were Asian??
I was working the front counter doing the job of five people. I asked for assistance and never got it - until this temp showed up. I knew I would never get anywhere so I quit.
Great pay and benefits
Managers who don't stand by your side and backstabbing coworkers
Good environment; great pay and benefits; clunky bureaucracy
Technical Writer (Former Employee) – Seattle – January 25, 2019
Lots of smart, kind people work at the City. The pay and benefits are amazing. The bureaucracy is hard to navigate. The departments are very siloed and don't work well with one another. Getting a job there is difficult in some cases and HR is hard to work with.
Graphic Arts Supervisor (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – January 8, 2019
Each department will change with a new mayor, with their demands, etc. my department changed a lot to adapt to the ever changing needs of the mayors office, then unfortunately, he closed my department for budget cuts
Administrator Specialist II (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – December 28, 2018
Work with 15 Contract Specialists to provide consistency. Import Excel calculations into contracts to appropriately allocate budget amounts. Completed approximately 150 contracts per year. Develop reports and maintain management statistics on work performance against performance metrics with our Data Warehouse system.
Fun, fast paced job with lots of patron interaction.
Lifeguard and Swim instructor (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – December 4, 2018
As a lifeguard you are required to teach lots of swim lessons with kids and adults. The programs change throughout the day so there is a lot of moving around. This job requires you to be on your toes a lot of the time but you get a sufficient amount of down time. Being a lifeguard is great!
Supervisor (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – October 3, 2018
Just putting in my time until retirement. City clearly has lost its way. Spends far too much on consultants. Outside vendors seem to be chosen based on "backdoor deals" rather than vendor credibility and reliability.
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – June 13, 2018
Belonged to local 17 as a city employee. Contract is structured with the union so pay increases is based on the hours worked. My work week is usually 4 days and the average is 21 hours a week. Being part time I can be called to work at one of 6 locations and work schedule can change daily,
Audio/Video Project Manager (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – June 4, 2018
Before the last 6 months I would have taken this questionnaire an been a little more positive. Since being moved to work in a consolidated group I have found that everything has gone down hill. The problem that I see is there is fear and no sense of direction from leadership.
My job at the city of seattle was so great i learned so much
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – May 31, 2018
Loved working for the Seattle parks and recreation was a great experience I learned so much and was able to accomplish many goals it was a training program that I was able to obtain things like my flagging certificate along with my CPR certificate overall it was a great experience
fails to acknowledge employees' worth and encourage advancement
Utility Account Representative (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – May 29, 2018
A typical day at work would involve micromanagement of employees whose work time is scrutinized over phrases said or not said to the customer without regard to the needs of the customers and the thoroughness of the problem/concern with regard to the phone call. Employees ratings are based on timeliness and key words/phrases/credentials graded during the course of the call. Long waits and poor knowledge base from employees cause customers to call back multiple times, sometimes 5 or more to take care of the same problem. Customers who don't understand the process are seen as troublemakers and often hung up on are not properly helped.
Account Tech II/Cashier (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – May 21, 2018
I gave everything to my job and got nothing in return. My time there was very stressful, and as long as you bent over backwards and did EVERYTHING your boss told you too, you were secure. The people I worked with were FAKE! Saying they had my back in times of trouble, and then when trouble came up - They ran. Threw me under the bus after all I have done - I cannot say this for everyone though. There are a handful of coworkers who were sincere - These are the people I still contact with today and are actually happy to provide reference for me and all the hard work I have done (without complaint I might add).
Steady paycheck with awesome benefits
Backstabbing coworkers who only look out for their best interest
A focused work environment with understood outcomes
Nightlife Premises Coordinator (Former Employee) – City of Seattle, WA – May 17, 2018
My work at the City of Seattle was almost unique in that I managed both the nightlife industry in Seattle while also managing 13 staff whose role was to return to the City unpaid gross receipts taxes and other duties.
Senior Finance Analyst (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – May 1, 2018
This public sector job was what I was expecting. The management lacked employee support skills. The work matched the job description. What I loved most was the team I worked with. A good crew of people with an excellent work ethic.
Water Technician (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – April 30, 2018
Great benefits, competitive pay and opportunity for advancement. Team environment and plenty of training opportunities for those who are willing to work and learn to advance to the next levels of their careers.