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    SSM II

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Services Manager II in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Services Manager II in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Department of Public Health full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    State Civil Service provides great benefits and promotional opportunities. Health dental and vision benefits are available to most employees. CalPERS retirement contribution/participation is required offers a variety of retirement options, depending on age and years of service. The CDPH employees some great people with the desire to help all of CA.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectation, lack of resources, extreme workloads

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Bad IT management makes a bad IT organization.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Public Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Variety of areas to work with. Good people at the rank and file level. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Management cronyism creates a dysfunctional and ineffective IT organization. Unmotivated workers put little initiative into the job. High turnover leads to unsupported, out of date software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go away (but the system would just refill with the same). Promotion is based on being liked by those above, so lots of schmoozing and brown-nosing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Bureaucratic, lack of direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Richmond, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Public Health as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The campus itself is pretty is nice and there's a shuttle that runs from the Bart station. Decent amount of freedom to do what needs to be done.

    Cons

    Projects are rather boring and there's a lack of direction from my supervisor; he's not very clear on what he wants to be done and there seems to be poor communication between people, at least on the project I worked on. I was an intern here and setting up direct deposit/getting paid was a bureaucratic nightmare and riddled with paperwork. No travel compensation (I'm in college and have to take the Bart there). Some nice coworkers, others seem dull/bored. Have not met anyone remotely close to my age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication between people; I was constantly being told to do opposite things by different supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good and stable place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Public Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job stability is pretty good. Benefits and wages are pretty fair. They do allow you to work from home if your classification allows it. They encourage employees to take public transportation by offering transit subsidies. Location is great with a nice big park to walk around in and close to tons of restaurants.

    Cons

    As usual with government places, bureaucracy is an issue. Depending on where you work, management can be difficult to work with and can be a hindrance to work flows. It's hard for research scientists to move up the ladder and a lot of restrictions are in place such as travel and the ability to present at different conferences. Depending on where you are, research and focusing on publishing journal articles are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your rank and file employees. They are the ones that are involved with the daily operations. Allow them some creative freedom to pursue research ideas especially with research scientists. Give more opportunities to go up the ranks. Most of the money are coming from federal grants after all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow-paced, but can have benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Public Health

    Pros

    Depending on your department, pace and work expectations will vary. But overall, slow-paced and different from industry

    Cons

    Ordering takes too long through the small businesses. Difficult to travel for conferences and training. Decrease in funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix ordering. Allow research scientists to travel.

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    Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at California Department of Public Health as an intern

    Pros

    Wonderful leadership and flexibility in program areas of interest

    Cons

    beaurocratic as expected, some barriers to research

    Recommends
  8.  

    Very fulfilling

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HFEN in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - HFEN in Richmond, CA

    I worked at California Department of Public Health full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ability to ensure competent health care

    Cons

    non competitive pay for RN's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    A great place to get started

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Service Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Service Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Public Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of cause-oriented people passionate about what they do. Many opportunities to collaborate with others across the state and other departments.

    Cons

    Jobs here are only as good as you are willing to invest in them. You can, and some people do, just show up for a paycheck. Those people make work a little frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Divide your time more equitably between your work and managing the work output levels of your staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Improving State Government, One Retirement at a Time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Public Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Salary
    Flexible Schedules
    Good Benefits Package
    State Employee Perks

    Cons

    Long-term state workers drag down morale, hijack positions that could be better served by individuals far less jaded and self-entitled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One retirement at a time...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good Government Support.. but work could be more exciting

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Department of Public Health

    Pros

    - Good Work Benefits
    - Consistency
    - Lots of Senior Position Advice

    Cons

    - Wider Gap Between Older and Younger Employees
    - So-So to Poor Onboarding Process for Interns/Entry-Level Employees

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