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Commonwealth of Virginia Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Forward leaning, pro-business, takes care of employees.

    Cons

    Subject to budgetary cycle, makes long-range plans challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain course

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    It's Okay

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

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Work-Life Balance, Independent Work Culture, Interesting Projects

    Cons

    Low Pay, Low Moral, Low Employee Motivation, Very Limited Growth Opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moral, encouragement and acknowledgment goes a long way when the workforce is not at-will.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Architect  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Architect in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Teleworking
    - Liberal time off policy

    Cons

    - Too much policy
    - Personal Growth
    - Budget Issue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Provide better benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    The benefits are the best part of the job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia

    Pros

    benefits, flexible schedule and teleworking

    Cons

    working with unmotivated people and horrible management

  6.  

    Some benefits but a lot of bureaucracy and hypocrisy

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

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Telework opportunities are the best part for me. Without that, I'd probably really be struggling to stay positive.

    Cons

    Many buildings/floors are terrible. Cubicle walls and furniture are falling apart and from the '60's and '70's. Everything is really slow - lots of bureaucracy and lack of action. Lots of "studies" done that don't seem to go anywhere. For many agencies. there is no $ for training, development, mileage reimbursement, equipment,..... No pay increases over the past ~7 years (except for 1 year). Disappointing considering many of the appointed political positions get multiple pay increases over their 4 year terms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the Administration: don't tell employees that things are dire and $ needs to be saved when you provide significant pay increases for your appointees. Doesn't build trust or respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Definitely different than private sector

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health Educator  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Health Educator in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Leave policy is generous, so for those with small children the ability to be present for school activities is good. Not going to work weekends (office clears out after 8 hours) definitely very structured. There are not a lot of questions when it comes to policies; every conceivable iteration has been planned for.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible. No scheduled increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more free-thought.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great benefits!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, time, flexibility, predictability. Good for specialization in certain environmental focuses.

    Cons

    Pay, work interest/variety, often not-engaged colleagues, few if any financial or similar perks. Minimal inter-disciplinary opportunities without changing job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    I worked for the VADOC

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    Current Employee - Corrections Officer  in  Dillwyn, VA
    Current Employee - Corrections Officer in Dillwyn, VA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The staff can make this an enjoyable working experience. Training is among the best.

    Cons

    The pay isn't the best or anywhere near the best. Some of the older employees need to retire along with their way of thinking. It is a true dichotomy there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to retire some of the wardens and superintendents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    progressive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia

    Pros

    government, benefits, state holidays, community service leave

    Cons

    extremely low salaries, no cost of living adjustments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    align salaries more with private industry or offer increases when employees obtain educational degrees and professional certifications

  11.  

    An opportunity to serve communities across the state

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia

    Pros

    The ability to make a difference in the lives of many individuals and their families in communities across the state.

    Cons

    Political influences can sometimes hamper your ability to get work done, and governor's initiatives can end up pulling your agency resources.

    Recommends

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