California Department of Pesticide Regulation

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California Department of Pesticide Regulation Reviews

Updated March 2, 2014
Updated March 2, 2014
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    Very friendly place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientific Aid  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Scientific Aid in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Pesticide Regulation part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The supervisors are very friendly and easy-going as long as you get your work done. The work schedule is flexible, coworkers are nice, and the pay is decent. Very good programs available, and you are reimbursed for a portion of the cost if you primarily take public transportation. There are also many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    The job description and what I was told the job would be like in the interview process was not an accurate reflection of the position. Make sure you ask a lot of questions regarding the specifics of a position you are interviewing for, and don't hesitate to question the job description to make sure you know what you're getting in to. Parking is very expensive, so many people take public transportation. Also, work load for my position is extremely variable, which can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more upfront about the position and job description during the application process. Also, set a good example for your employees with your work ethic.

    Recommends
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    Tyrannical managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Technical  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - IT Technical in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Department of Pesticide Regulation

    Pros

    Interesting mission if the IT department actually knew it.

    Cons

    Micromanagement and blatant disrespect towards employees in front of peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have competent employees, get out of their way.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice people, good science, mediocre technology

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Pesticide Regulation

    Pros

    Upper management is very supportive of science based decisions. You can make a difference in your community and world working here. On site daycare if you get on the list before you get pregnant. Commuting discounts for public transportation. Some teleworking opportunities. A pro-environmental management. Positive work-family balance. Dedicated professional staff.

    Cons

    Pay classifications for IT are lower than in similarly sized departments so IT is a revolving door. The department collects a lot of data but integrates and shares it poorly. Same downsides as at any State agency, eroding benefits, threatened layoffs, threatened minimum wage, negative attacks on your competency from politicians and uninformed public.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've done a good job hiring and keeping good scientists - now its time to advance into the modern age and really utilize the expensive technology you've bought and pay to hire and keep good technologists versus constantly hiring consultants.

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