Daily caregiver (Former Employee) – Santa Rosa, CA – February 15, 2019
As a IHSS Caregiver you are on the lowest rung of the healthcare tech workers ladder. Mostly left on your own, most have no benefits and the pay is very low. You are expected to take on clients and do all the scheduling and work on your own. After many hours at the bargaining table as a union steward was able to negotiate some changes. This is a very hard life job for anyone as it is physically and emotionally demanding.
You know you are making a difference in peoples lives
Good luck passing your probationary period under the current system at FY&C
Social Worker IV (Former Employee) – Santa Rosa, CA – October 17, 2018
This review is specific to the Family, Youth and Children's Services Department. I am not familiar with other county jobs.
Yes it pays relatively well and they offer retirement and all of that. Theoretically it could be good experience for a social worker in public child welfare. There are also some gems in the bureaucratic rough who work there, to be sure.
However, it does not seem to matter if you are the most dedicated, passionate, come-in-early and stay-late, went-to-grad-school-JUST-for-this position, collaborative, honest person who really cares about children's wellbeing . . . If you ruffle the wrong feathers somehow, do not expect any reasonable disciplinary measures to address the issue. Expect to be suddenly let go without warning or explanation after receiving nothing but positive feedback the entire time you were there. I am not the only person to whom this has happened recently. Despite being chronically understaffed to the point that seasoned employees keep having to switch departments and take on extra work, they don't seem to want to keep qualified people. It's confusing.
If you want to last longer than 6 months, keep your head down. Don't question anything. After 6 months, it appears to be impossible to fire even the most incompetent of employees, so aim to get through that first, and then start actually caring about the quality of the work you're doing later. Good luck.
Great benefits, good salary, good break room, employee cars, nice coworkers generally
Impossible workload for certain positions, rampant mismanagement, poor supervision, poor job security for new employees, few opportunities for licensure, lack of collaboration, top-down directions given that are non-negotiable about very serious things, inefficiencies in many areas
Intern (Current Employee) – Santa Rosa, CA – July 4, 2018
It was a great learning experience. I didn't have a full-time position, but it seems like the majority of the position is maintaining old code and not much new development. Additionally, job culture is mostly personal and not very community based. From what I understand benefits are great.
Wonderful place to work and give back to your community
Section Secretary (Current Employee) – Santa Rosa, CA – August 22, 2018
I love the idea of giving back to the County I was born. I've had a wonderful career here and I hope it continues. It is not my choice to possibly leave my position so I am currently looking at other career avenues within the County in order to stay here.
Office Assistant II (Former Employee) – Santa Rosa, CA – July 17, 2018
Ioved everything about the job, hated to leave. I worked with a terrific group of people who truley cared about the reason we were there. I was happy to go in every week and truely appreciated my weekends. I did not take work home with me.
Admin Clerk/Tech/Planner II (Former Employee) – Santa Rosa, CA – January 23, 2015
I loved working for the County of Sonoma and I had the most amazing Managers there! They were mentors and role models to me. I learned all about the government process and the Planning field. I was able to establish and sustain wonderful working relationships with many departments, agencies, and customers. We organized many fun County events to boost morale and motivate others. Sometimes you needed to deal with frustrated customers though the County provided training and resources on how to effectively deal with them. There are many different departments where you can contribute to your employer's success and feel that you are doing a great job.
Cool Managers, Fun/Motivational Events, Great Benefits
Maintenance Worker/ Extra help (Current Employee) – Sonoma County, CA – July 9, 2017
-a typical day at work is never typical. There is always something new to work on. almost every day is different, which makes it a great place to work if you want to learn a lot fast. i have had a great experience working here because almost everyday i have learned something new. working with the county has been a pleasure since the management is top notch. Any problem Ive had or question I have given them has been taken care of in a very professional manner. overall working for the county is great. The day to day work life is always a pleasure. For me one of the hardest pats of the job can be the heat. The asphalt we lay is over 300 degrees, so the heat can be overwhelming at times. The most enjoyable part of the job for me would have to be the great feeling I get from happy citizens.
VOLUNTEER ASSITANT OFFICE MANAGER (Former Employee) – Santa Rosa, CA – August 31, 2017
Great opportunity to work with the community. I learned the value of community involvement and support. It was a great team to volunteer with and support. Hardest part of the job is not being able to speak spanish. The most enjoyable part was helping others.
Employment and Training Specialist I (Former Employee) – Santa Rosa, CA – September 17, 2015
You begin your day checking voice mails, alerts, and processing urgent applications or documents. Your morning will consist of either an application (depends on composition) you might take 1-3 hours. If you don't get an application you will be working independently on other cases that need to be passed. Your afternoon looks much the same. On average you get 1-2 cases per day and must pass as soon as possible (timelines/deadlines are very important). You will process on some days homeless assistance, emergency TANF or CF, and enroll clients in the CalWORKS program. Most of your duties revolve around granting and passing cases form your interviews.
Great co-workers, room for growth, fulfilling work
long hours at desk/interview rooms, not a lot of flexibility
Account Clerk III (Former Employee) – Santa Rosa, CA – March 6, 2017
I worked the accounts receivables for the cases in the X County system. I learned how to apply wage garnishments for the cases in the Child Support accounting system. I audited cases to make sure all changes within each case was accounted for.
Network Analyst (Former Employee) – Santa Rosa, CA – January 2, 2015
I believe I possess the necessary skills and experience you are seeking and would make a valuable addition to Nexus IS. I have attained more than 19 years of progressive experience in the Information Systems field. I started my career in 1995 as a Certified Novell Administrator with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Companies home office in Novato, Ca. The Fireman’s Fund position allowed me to advance from Local Systems Administrator to Network Engineer in the Litigation Support Unit. I attained my Microsoft Certified System Engineer certification as well as my Cisco CCNA in anticipation of Fireman’s Fund outsourcing their IT division in 2001. I then resigned to take a job offer from the County of Sonoma. My experiences at the County of Sonoma included working on several major projects with the local Nexus IS crew, across all county departments.