City of Houston Reviews

Updated 12 April 2015
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City of Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker
Annise D. Parker
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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. Senior Criminal Investigator

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    Current Employee - Senior Investigator
    Current Employee - Senior Investigator

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

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

    Pros

    You have relatively secure employment except during drastic downturns in the economy. Advancement is possible to a certain extent if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Advancement is limited once you reach a certain level. In some divisions apathy of upper management is frustrating. Typical bureaucracy exists.

  2. Not a place for everyone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Houston

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Job stability, a lot of training opportunities, downtown location

    Cons

    certain departments have low morale and distrust in management

  3. If you want easy monotony

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    Current Employee - Public Works Maintenance Manager
    Current Employee - Public Works Maintenance Manager

    I have been working at City of Houston

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy laid back work to do

    Cons

    Politics, a lot of people feel like they are owed

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunities, slow paced

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great for young professionals.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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.

  7. Large, inefficient beaurocracy that largely doesn't care about it's employees.

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    Former Employee - Police Officer in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at City of Houston

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable jobs. There will always be a need for someone to manage the city's business for them.

    Cons

    You won't get rich working for them. .. unless you're the mayor. ... they typically execute policies that only benefit the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline your practices, and support your staff better.

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

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at City of Houston

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Work Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Houston

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience. Good life-work balance.

    Cons

    Political environment and office politics

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great overall

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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