State of North Carolina

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State of North Carolina Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The state had develped many policies to foster work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • The benefits and retirement system are fairly good (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • No raises for many of the last 10 years (in 5 reviews)

  • Low pay in relation to private sector (same job) (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Trade off

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor

    I have been working at State of North Carolina full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Life time health insurance benefits if you do the time. Mandatory retirement comes in handy in the end.

    Cons

    Mandatory retirement makes the ole paycheck very small . Contribution of employee is 6% but the state contributes very little. No raises. They do reward with time off but the workload in the DSS area does not allow you to take it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    So much potential but poor chances

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at State of North Carolina full-time

    Pros

    They have state retirement plan, low cost health care, three hundred hours of paid time off, flexibility in scheduling is available.

    Cons

    They don't pay much unless you are in the top management positions. They also take six percent of your pay to fund retirement. The management disrespects the staff and then wonders why they score low in employee opinion surveys. No chance for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the Core Values that you preach so much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Few diamonds in an organization of Rough...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rehabilitation Counselor in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Rehabilitation Counselor in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at State of North Carolina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job security, good work life balance

    Cons

    No raises, little room for advancement, peers are largely functioning at a lower level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fill a spot, especially a management/supervisory spot, with whomever is available. Wait until there is someone who can adequately do the job. This creates a dangerous cycle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    I wanted a lifetime caareer, but politics forced me out.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of North Carolina full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generally stable employment, comp time, good vacation/holidays, 3 days a year of community service time, SOME good managers and coworkers, feeling you are aiding the people of the state.

    Cons

    Political environment since 2013 is ridiculous. Right-wing politicians forcing out untold institutional knowledge and hiring their donors, who know nothing about the job or field. Nowhere is this worse than in DHHS.

    Low salaries and a grande total of 1.2% raise in 6 years. Benefits are generally below-market except for vacation time (much contrary to popular opinion, where everything thinks state employees reap in the benefits--that hasn't been true for decades). Hard to fire people, so the only way to get rid of bad employees if to make life miserable for all. Naturally this has the opposite effect, since the first ones to leave are the GOOD employees who can find something else where they are treated with dignity and respect.

    When the Legislature is in Session, work becomes absolutely chaotic as everyone scrambles to answer often ridiculous and uninformed questions from Legislators which instantly trump all other work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management = The Governor. Stop calling state employees "seat warmers"! Encourage your Department Secretaries and Commissioners to hire based on merit, experience, and knowledge, NOT on how much money they gave to your campaign! You can't expect talented emplyees to stay in such an environment of nepotism and favoritism. This needs to start at the very top, with the Secretaries and Commissioners--hire based on background and knowledge, not on campaign contributions and politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Low paying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Assistant IV in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Office Assistant IV in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at State of North Carolina full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable work, work is fairly easy.

    Cons

    Low paying, no annual raises, and cap on promotional raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Some areas are good, some are not so good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of North Carolina full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Steady job, interesting work (at times).

    Cons

    The working structure is very much like a fiefdom, from top to bottom. Some of the kingdoms can get out of hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix/unify the entire state working structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Mediocrity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at State of North Carolina full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had a great boss.

    Cons

    Like I said I had a great boss, but no longer there due to politics.

  9.  

    Worse now than its been on over 20 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at State of North Carolina

    Pros

    Have relatively good retirement benefits
    Vacation/sick leave
    Can work from home

    Cons

    Lack of good senior level management
    No strategic plan
    Chaos
    Senior management does not listen to staff and does not care what we think
    Too few staff to maintain customer service level
    Great employees who care about the work they are doing are leaving in droves because of lack of commitment from the top level of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision and stick with it
    Value the opinions of people who have been here longer than you
    Don't expect 1 person to do the work of 10

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    moving water uphill with a rope

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

    I have been working at State of North Carolina

    Pros

    Hey its state government you can screw up forever and never get fired. If you are into endless meetings where nothing gets decided then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    See Pros. If you expect to make a differance then you should not even attempt to work for State Government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because you have always done it that way does not mean it's not incredibly stupid. Trust your technical staff and quit relying on Vendors to design your infrastructure!.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all in who you know

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

    I have been working at State of North Carolina

    Pros

    the Dept. does serve a vital function in our state, and as an employee of the department, and the state, there is a very real sense of doing something for the greater good.
    It's a paycheck in a very rough economic time.

    Cons

    Wow. Low pay in relation to private sector (same job). VERY poor benefits. Lack of respect from peers in private industry. Promotions are NOT merit based...and we are top-heavy with individuals that lack both leadership qualities AND skill-based qualities. As such, you have managers leaning too heavily on lower-level employees, whom quickly become disgruntled.

    This is truly a poisonous atmosphere...the worst I have ever worked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around at your employees. things were so bad, HR was required to come in and do a "climate" evaluation because of the number of complaints...and the employees got NO FEEDBACK.
    Your favoritism and disdain for career state employees is evident (read your climate responses!). This hasn't changed. I think if you showed some respect to people who are products of the environment that they built their career in, they'd embrace the change you wish to implement much more readily than treating them like garbage.

    Doesn't Recommend

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