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LA County Department of Public Works Reviews

Updated Jan 14, 2020

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4.2
83%
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52%
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LA County Department of Public Works Director Mark Pestrella
Mark Pestrella
2 Ratings
  1. "Good Company If You Want To Serve The Public"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Student in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LA County Department of Public Works part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to meet great people from different engineering division.

    Cons

    Being a public servant of one of the largest counties can be a lot of work.

    LA County Department of Public Works2020-01-14
  2. "great place"

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    Current Employee - ITC 

    I have been working at LA County Department of Public Works full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great place to work and be

    Cons

    the pay needs to be increased

    LA County Department of Public Works2019-07-30
  3. "Not much technical engineering work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Civil Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LA County Department of Public Works full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance Great Benefits Competitive Salary

    Cons

    Although there is a rotation program for Engineering Assistants, there is very little technical work.

    LA County Department of Public Works2019-04-11
  4. "Civil Engineering Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LA County Department of Public Works full-time

    Pros

    Good work culture, fair work-life balance, good benefit. Management varies from division to division, but overall fair, clear direction from above.

    Cons

    Need to follow certain County/Department procedures, not necessarily the most efficient. There's always politics when trying to move forward.

    LA County Department of Public Works2018-10-15
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering technician/supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Mid Level Supervision in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LA County Department of Public Works full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Steady work. you work when it rains. sick time and vacation good.

    Cons

    Poor management, inept leadership. favoritism. fail to pay market rates. expect staff to travel cross county at whim. unrealistic expectations. no rewards for outstanding performance. you are a "tool" for management to get performance bonuses. Pestrella is not creative, sincere, or a good leader. total government overreach into employee's private lives. Poor equipment, your chair and desk are surely from the forties. Managers are not truthful to employees.

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    Advice to Management

    quit referring to you people as servants, it's degrading. teach your Managers should learn to be part of the team instead of blaming and criticizing from the sideline. own your own failures, don't pass them on to your people. Take some courses on how to treat people properly. pay the going rate for skilled staff

    LA County Department of Public Works2018-05-14
  6. "Civil Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at LA County Department of Public Works full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic work environement with really good benefits

    Cons

    Competitive job hiring process for entry level engineers

    LA County Department of Public Works2017-12-11
  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Management Assistant in Alhambra, CA

    I have been working at LA County Department of Public Works full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, 4/10 work schedule, parking available, fulfilling work, no micromanaging, onsite cafeteria, diverse workforce. Facilities are kept very clean.

    Cons

    No real transition period, poor on-boarding, some floors are outdated, desks/chairs are broken and uncomfortable. Supplies aren't easy to come by.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on how you welcome new employees, it sets the tone for someones career with the Department. Having to hunt down information when you're new to the organization can be daunting and exhausting. On top of learning your new job, the basics should be handed over to the employees.

    LA County Department of Public Works2017-11-14
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people however lots of politics"

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    Current Employee - Construction Management in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at LA County Department of Public Works full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits are great, employes are great , working conditions are good.

    Cons

    Management has no previous experence nor formal personal skills in management

    Advice to Management

    Do not be influenced by what employees can do for you personaly in promotions. Promote only those with proven skills and talent that would benefit the public first.

    LA County Department of Public Works2017-03-21
  9. "Student Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at LA County Department of Public Works part-time

    Pros

    Room to grow and they are very flexible working around your school schedule.

    Cons

    Work is part time and you can only work 6 years as a student worker. No benefits except 3 days sick leave for the year. Raises are far and few between,

    LA County Department of Public Works2016-09-16
  10. "civil Intern"

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    Civil Engineering Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LA County Department of Public Works

    Pros

    great overall experience! You learn how Public Work Projects are facilitated all the same while you learn how contractors will try to squeeze every extra cent where ever possible. You learn how to negotiate and you meet endless amounts of engineers that are willing to help you climb in the bureau

    Cons

    Hiring Freezes can take a while

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

    LA County Department of Public Works2016-07-20
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