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City of Houston Reviews

Updated 17 February 2015
Updated 17 February 2015
95 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Typically good work life balance depending on the particular manager or group that you work for (in 6 reviews)

  • Great benefits, very close to the tunnels (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely low pay, very political, no unity across the city (in 6 reviews)

  • Office politics drive most decision making regarding personnel (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for young professionals.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are many different entry level positions covering all areas of studies. They train you if you need it. If you stay over five years, they start giving you more vacation time.

    Cons

    The compensation isn't great since it is the government. Poor performers are often shielded. Work life balance depends on the department you work with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities, slow paced

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at City of Houston as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits for employees, pension plan gave great benefits for retirement. Real opportunity to work hard and make a difference in your community. Opportunities to do anything, not hard to switch between departments.

    Cons

    Takes a while to get on-boarded into their system, lots of paperwork to get things done (as expected in a government office).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and remove some of the red tape, it is slowing everyone down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My experience at the City of Houston has been very rewarding but slow to climb the career ladder.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Supervisor in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Supervisor in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have been in my current position for about 8 years. I love coming to work everyday because there will always be something new and different. While working at the City of Houston I have earned about 8 promotions, however, I am seeking to continue to climb my career ladder to the very top.

    Cons

    Everyday is a challenge for me because of ongoing and new projects. This is a good thing because it keeps my work load fresh and exciting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listening is key to being a successful manager. Leading by example and always being fair, honest and legal will earn you respect and trust. When training a new employee, being exact and quick to correct their mistake right away on how your day-today business is handle will go a long way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to gain initial experience, poor place to grow in the long term.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at City of Houston

    Pros

    The environment can be pleasant, depending on the area. Managers and supervisors will often share information. There's some flexibility in how you tackle assignments.

    Cons

    Office politics can overshadow good decision making. The pay is average, at best. Promotions are mostly based on politics and not merit. Poor performers are often shielded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote hard workers, speak to poor performers about strategies to improve, increase opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Houston full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, lots of good people there.

    Cons

    If you work for someone at the executive level that got their position through cronyism/knowing the right people, it will become apparent very quickly. (And your life could be a nightmare accordingly.)

    Executives are told to "do what you like as long as you don't break the law" , and live out that credo. I've seen management fabricate disciplinary paperwork against employees they don't like, sign my name on it and then order me to give it to them. (This occurred twice.) When I refused to do so, I was told I would be written up for not doing so. One executive ordered his technicians to give knowingly inaccurate information to firefighter leadership. The same executive fired one employee he didn't like 1 hour before his 1 year probation was to end, is being accused of receiving kickbacks, has survived multiple OIG investigations over the years and is now the subject of an EEOC investigation: Yet he still somehow continues to retain his job!

    I quit halfway through my probation in complete disgust and moved on to a better company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The City really is a great place overall and there are a lot of good people who are being terribly mismanaged by executives who should not be there. Stop holding on to incompetent executives because you are buddies with them; FIRE THEM.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Work Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Houston

    Pros

    Great experience. Good life-work balance.

    Cons

    Political environment and office politics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator

    I worked at City of Houston full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable job and good place to work allowing for potential growth.
    Education reimbursement

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than private sector
    Once you have a job it is hard to lose the job (low performing employees)
    It can be frustrating to see someone making the same pay as you and underperforming because they know they can
    The job can get boring if you are used to a fast paced work day and need to stay buy to stay interested

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a program that would force low performing employees to adhere to a higher standard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and felt that this was the perfect postion for me.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inventory Management Clerk I in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Inventory Management Clerk I in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at City of Houston full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits were top-notch and everyone was very patient in my training.

    Cons

    The political infighting was always a distraction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadreship should be more considerate towards the employees as far as a more stable and friendlier work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fire Fighter in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Fire Fighter in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at City of Houston full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dream job with great first kine supervisors.

    Cons

    City management is horrible and always has an agenda.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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