State of North Carolina
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www.nc.gov Raleigh, NC 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Feb 15, 2014

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    So much potential but poor chances

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chapel Hill, NC

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

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementFollow the Core Values that you preach so much.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Few diamonds in an organization of Rough...

    Rehabilitation Counselor (Current Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsJob security, good work life balance

    ConsNo raises, little room for advancement, peers are largely functioning at a lower level

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGenerally 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.

    ConsPolitical 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 Senior ManagementUpper 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low paying

    Office Assistant IV (Current Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsStable work, work is fairly easy.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore pay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some areas are good, some are not so good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSteady job, interesting work (at times).

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix/unify the entire state working structure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mediocrity

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsI had a great boss.

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

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    Worse now than its been on over 20 years

    IT Manager (Current Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

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

    ConsLack 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 Senior ManagementMake 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    moving water uphill with a rope

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsHey 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust 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!.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's all in who you know

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    Prosthe 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.

    ConsWow. 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 Senior ManagementLook 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

    Producer Director (Current Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsThere are many things I like about my job: the security, health insurance, job flexibility, variety of duties, the opportunity to travel and train on occasion but what I like best about working for the government is the feeling of service. Public service was not something I considered growing up but I like to think that what I do actually has some small impact on the public good if only to inform and educate.

    ConsI have many issues with state government: the multitude of bureaucratic processes, nepotism/good old boy network/cronyism, uninformed clients, last minute deadlines on majority of projects, maintenance issues, unsympathetic management, uninformed management, poor planning, poor communication, lack of planning, difficult personalities, unwillingness to try new/different ideas or concepts, and apathy for the job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy best advice is to listen to the little guy. Listen and follow through on employee feedback, show some appreciation for hard work or job well done not just the mistakes. Finding quality employees is hard enough but keeping is that much harder.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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