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Los Angeles Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
58 Reviews
3.9
58 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Friendly and culturally diverse work environment (in 7 reviews)

  • The position is well paying, there are good benefits, and the there is a low work load (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to apply for higher positions if you want to work in a specific one (in 2 reviews)

  • Too many lazy employees who would do just the minimum to keep their job (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    City of Los Angeles - IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Systems Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Information Systems Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Providing IT to address and respond directly to and for public service.

    Cons

    Government doesn't have the financial resources to make "cutting edge" possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Slow environment, good benefits, great location in DTLA, really depend on the job position, but as for me:

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerk in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Clerk in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time

    Pros

    - not so stressful
    - easy work
    - good benefits
    - ok pay
    - opportunities to move up, especially if you have a degree

    Cons

    - may be too slow if you can keep yourself productive
    - have to deal with a lot of inadequacy
    - pay can be better, but thats more of a personal problem

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    working in municipality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great job, learn a lot, many transfer opportunities.

    Cons

    It's bureaucratic mess at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the people, not the process

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great intern experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Intern II in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Intern II in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    My chief really pushed me to grow professionally and genuinely cared about my success.

    Cons

    Working in government is a challenge of course.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Terrific, hands-on experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Law Clerk in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Summer Law Clerk in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The supervising attorneys treated me as if I was an attorney myself. High amount of responsibilities given to me from day one.

    Cons

    Not a lot of feedback. You are expected to work and do the work well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more feedback.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Broad range of people and skills contribute on a wide variety of Los Angeles' civil services.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ColdFusion Software Developer in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - ColdFusion Software Developer in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Los Angeles as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you want to help beat down the cost of government, there is no more direct way than working for them.

    Cons

    Technology was not really cutting edge. Purchases of new hardware, and software was a bit of an uphill battle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Suggest continuing to work on bringing in the right talent to work on consolidation efforts, and implement more technology with both the short and long term outlook. It will also be important to consider upkeep costs of technologies, both for adopting new, and continuing to keep the old technology around past it's expiration date.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Recreation Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recreation Assistant in Van Nuys, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Recreation Assistant in Van Nuys, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If your looking for a part time job the pay is decent. The people are generally good - Management is hit and miss...

    Cons

    This is a part time position that will never lead to more then 1040 hour per year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It's what you make it...

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, union, variety of assignments, you can make a difference

    Cons

    If you haven't promoted in ten years, move to another Department. Nepotism, Cliques --try to be cordial to all! A few problem people, but not as much as private sector. Definitely ageism, very very few promotable positions. You really have to be in the "clique" to be deemed promotable. But its good if you have a family to raise or elderly parents to care for. You get to meet good people and people who are doing great things in the community. Managers tend to overburden good employees because they won't get rid of the super lazy. Most people are hard working, smart people but, hard work alone rarely results in a promotion. It's being related to someone powerful, a frat or sorority friend, or other qualifications outside work. I don't know what other people are talking about--but my work load is heavy, and the City is not filling worker bee positions. All in all, I enjoy working hard and problem solving for the City of LA, and am extremely grateful for the medical benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop overloading the good employees because you don't want to deal with the super lazy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great for student to learn and experience a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Professional Worker in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Professional Worker in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learn a lot, regardless of your major.
    Office culture is good.
    Great experience, if you are willing to learn and work.

    Cons

    After the busy season, it is a little bit boring.
    I hate some supervisor likes to have his/her small group and has coffee time only with his/her small group...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Well paying position with great benefits and low to medium workload.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communication Information Representative
    Current Employee - Communication Information Representative

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits, pay and work experience are all pluses to working for the city of L.A. Depending on the department you land in, career advancement can be moderate to difficult but it is possible and it is there. It's just not in abundance the way it was 5 - 10 years ago. If you're pro-union, it's even better. I must admit, even though I'm not for unions, there are some definite "perks" to being a union member. Another great benefit that's offered by the city is tuition reimbursement for attending college. I was able to earn my degree because of it.

    Cons

    Unfortunately for me, there is little to no room for growth or advancement. I've basically topped out at my position. The actual facility where I work needs dramatic improvement. New carpet or no carpet, new paint, new lighting, a complete redo of the restroom facilities and some serious pest control would most definitely go a long way. Communication between management and employees needs dramatic improvement. Seniority rules throughout the city, which basically means that anyone who's at the bottom of the totem pole is out of luck. You'll be hard pressed to get weekends off or spend quality time with your family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needs huge improvement and even though people earn their seniority through time served with the city, there has to be a better way to allow others to work more family conducive schedules. The last time I checked, we do live in the United States; a democratic society.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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