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City of Gainesville experience report

  • 30.Mar 2019
  • Employee

I have been with this organization for 15+ years, and it has been rewarding. Every day is a challenge, but its worth it.

4.67

Company Culture

Our department generally enjoys the support of our elected officials and executive officials at city hall. We all work together to get the job done and make this city a better place for our citizens

Support from management

For the most part, I am given the resources I need to do my job. However, because we are funded through tax dollars, we would have to raise taxes to provide any additional funds we need to improve services even more.

Teamwork

Everyone generally gets along. There are a few silos, but for the most part people reach out to each other for help and support

Freedom to work independently

My direct boss sets the parameters of the job, and then trusts me to get the job done within those parameters

Internal Communication

For the most part, communication is good. All the information is there, if you know where to look for it.

Gender Equality

Our organization is very progressive and diverse and encourages equal and fair treatment of everybody

Attitude towards older colleagues

We actually have a lot of older employees in our organization, many of whom have been with the organization for more than 20 years.

Career Development

Training and growth opportunities are strongly encouraged

Overall compensation for your work

I receive a very fair compensation and benefits package

Office / Work Environment

Great office environment

Environmental Friendliness

Recycling is not only encouraged, it is mandatory

Work-Life Balance

In our department, there is the expectation that employees will work more than 40 hours per week, including nights and weekends. However, we are a family environment, and management will always let employees take off whenever needed to be with family.

Company Image

working for local government is something I'm proud of, but we can never please all of our citizens all of the time.

Job Security

I have been in my position for 15+ years

Handicapped Accessibility

Many of our facilities are old, but we are working hard to ensure that all are brought up to standards

Workplace Safety

we have weekly and monthly safety trainings

Challenging Work

Most employees in my position oversee one division, however, I oversee two divisions, one of which is responsible for people's lives. I have a heavy workload, and each day brings new and different challenges

Inclusive / Diverse

Diversity is strongly encouraged.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Give employees the opportunity to operate some aspects of the job as a business, that is, instead of looking at us as a government whose responsibility it is to provide social services for free or at low cost, let employees provide services and programs that can make money for the organization in areas where it is feasible to do so.

What I like about the company

Working for a local government can be challenging, as citizens can often look at government employees as "bad guys," since we tax them, charge them fees, etc. But I have enjoyed a long career working for my organization, and the work I do and my team does directly benefits our citizens and improves the quality of life. I feel proud at the end of the day that the work we do makes this community one of the best communities to live in.

What I dislike about the company

Sometimes politics get in the way of making the right decisions, or using common sense in decision making. You can make a decision that is in the best interest of 100,000 people, but if 2-3 complain loud enough, they get their way, which means instead of making decision that benefit the majority of our citizens, we end up making decisions that benefit the small handful who make the most noise.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    City of Gainesville
  • City
    Gainesville
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Vehicle allowance is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered