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Updated 16 March, 2017
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  1. "Lifeguard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at city of redwood city part-time

    Pros

    Great experience working as a teen during summers when not in school

    Cons

    At first, did not expect to teach so many swim lessons, but grew to love them.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at city of redwood city full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Great vacation package. Challenging work. Great people. Good mission. Great council. Great department head team. Good managers. Great atmosphere.

    Cons

    High contribution to PERS. Some former leaders were really weak and had to manage around them, but that has changed. I believe the leadership team is strong now.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce PERS contribution. Try to be more planful of growth and changes.


  3. "Great city"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Wonderful city to work for

    Cons

    Frustrating to get promotions at times


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  5. "Redwood City is a GREAT City to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Community Services Manager in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Community Services Manager in Redwood City, CA (US)
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at city of redwood city full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, forward thinking, innovative and always looking to improve.

    Cons

    Job turnover is low so not a lot of chance for advancement. Budget climate means for lack of raises over very long periods of time and more payment into benefits not coinciding with the cost of living. Not unique to Redwood City, and common for government agencies.


  6. "City of Redwood City"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at city of redwood city full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment, progressive management, positive attitudes all around

    Cons

    Can't think of any bad stuff!

    Advice to Management

    Can't think of anything negative


  7. "Good line managers, but upper level management has a ways to go"

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Administrator in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Recommends

    Pros

    The line managers and support staff are good. Overall, benefits are very good. Salaries lower than commensurate-level private sector jobs, but that's to be expected.

    Cons

    Some department heads are not as invested in outcomes & day-to-day workings of their departments as they should be, given that it's a reasonably small organization. Upper level management is about 50% -- some are "working" department heads and know their divisions well, others rely too heavily on line staff.

    Advice to Management

    Yes, you have to play politics -- it's part of working at a small City Hall. At the same time, you need to consider appropriate Customer Service for your citizens -- and professional growth for your staff. More work is needed on both counts.