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Los Angeles Reviews

Updated 16 April 2015
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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. Student Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Internship in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Internship in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice people around you

    Cons

    Lack of passion, salary is low

  2. Great job for part time worker/student

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recreation Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Recreation Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Los Angeles part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexible hours and pay.

    Cons

    Max hours for part time is 1040 yearly. Can't work the rest of the year if maxed.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. I was an intern for the City of Los Angeles and I enjoyed my time there while working on projects in the Planning Depart

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Los Angeles

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Meet lots of different people, work in city hall, and hands on with many important projects transforming Los Angeles right now

    Cons

    The office was rather dull, limited food options in City Hall and nearby, and the atmosphere was rather laid back and boring

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  5. Tons of groups to work for, a lot to learn but great environment.

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay and retirement.

    Cons

    The public's eyes are always on you and kind of strict time management.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more.

  6. Overall Opinion

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, great pay. Work/Life balance like no other.

    Cons

    Cronyism can be found in some instances.

    Advice to Management

    Celebrate talent, skills and abilities. Please!

  7. Varied and interesting experiences

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator

    I worked at Los Angeles full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -You can gain exposure to many different disciplines and fields. You could be working at the Housing Department for a few years, then transfer to the Police Department, then get promoted to a position at the Zoo, then transfer to Rec and Parks, or one of 20+ other departments.
    -Generous compensation for most positions
    -Exceptionally generous benefits (see cons)
    -Prior to the recession, professional development opportunities were plentiful. I received advanced training in MS Access and Excel, HTML, Dreamweaver, and all sorts of soft skills. I attended regional and national conferences. All of that ended around 2009.

    Cons

    -Employees did not pay a dime toward health benefits. That made me very uncomfortable because the taxpayer was footing that bill. And that is not a luxury that most workers enjoy. Any efforts to raise the issue with union representation were frowned upon. I appreciated being part of a union, but believed we should be footing at least 25-50% of the bill.
    -If you are a civil service exempt employee or you work for an elected official, there is no such thing as guaranteed employment. If your boss terms out or doesn't get re-elected, then you are on your own unless they 'protect' you.
    -Attitudes of employees who 'clockwatchers' or are 'phoning in their perfomance' can be disheartening.
    -Very hard to get a non entry-level job with the City without knowing anyone.

  8. Police

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Police Officer II in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Police Officer II in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Los Angeles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work for. The benefits of working for the city are top notch. Depending on where you are assigned the job can be very exciting.

    Cons

    The management is not there to help you. With the camera phones that everyone has now , it is really difficult to be an officer in this day and age. Once you get in trouble the department WILL NOT back you up.

  9. Great interning experience!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Los Angeles as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Supportive environment for professional and personal growth.

    Cons

    No cons during internship.

  10. Working for city

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location, relaxed work environment (not a lot of evils of corporate America), can maintain work life balance better here.

    Cons

    Some teams within the city are far behind in technology, too much hierarchy, typical "government attitude", red tape. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but this is typical.

    Advice to Management

    It's got the best working environment more favorable to employees. Some may be pushing it. Several people who should have retired continue to work and that brings down (in my opinion) overall performance. At the time, I am sympathetic to the city employees that built their life there - some have been working there for over 40+ years. They cannot simply go out and survive. City should create some alternate programs/projects, so some of these employees can phase out slowly and lead way to more youngsters. Mere pension plan isn't enough.

    On the other hand, unions seem to be controlling a lot of those. While I am a proponent of unions in general (I believe this balances the evils of corporate America), some of the union decisions seem ludicrous. For e.g., at the city, a lot of IT works belong to the same union as the Janitors - no disrespect to them, but I feel the priorities and the work style of the 2 groups are totally different (opposite?) that for IT employees, the union feels like a misfit.

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

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

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