Colorado Department of Human Services

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Updated June 3, 2015
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  1. HR Manager

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    Former Employee - Director of Human Resources in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director of Human Resources in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Department of Human Services (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to serve the under-served populations of the State of Colorado was by far the benefits of the work experience. The human service programs offered touch such a large part of Colorado's citizen and the intrinsic reward received from the work was unparalleled so far in my career.

    Cons

    As all state agencies are fiscal stewards of tax payer dollars, there were limited resources in impeded great business progress.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work each of you do to serve Colorado.


  2. Work can be rewarding, but is tainted by an unclear overall vision from executive management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Human Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    State benefits are reliable, flex scheduling an option depending on your immediate supervisor, and you have the opportunity to learn a lot of really valuable information pertaining to state government, policy, and human services.

    Cons

    Compensation is almost always at base pay, even if staff have higher degrees (someone with a BA makes the same entry pay as someone with a MA). Often times Executive Leadership are unclear about their expectations and visions for offices and divisions. There is also no parking stipend included, so working out of the downtown locations can be pricey if transportation is well planned (the Department does offer eco-passes at a good rate since they work with RTD to secure group rates). Also, the training department isn't especially helpful; I signed up for a number of courses that were cancelled due to low enrollment, even though these courses are critical to career advancement (preventing sexual harassment, understanding HIPPA, etc.).

    Advice to Management

    Creating a sustainable and reliable program in which staff can gain supervisory experience is critical. So many staff become frustrated with missed opportunities to gain valuable supervisory experience. Most positions at the GP5 level and higher require some form of experience supervising others, but the Department does not have any program that allows for high-performing and valued staff to work towards this experience. It comes off as the Department not able to invest in their staff, even the ones who have stood out for excellent performance in their annual reviews.


  3. Out of Touch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Department of Human Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely meaningful work; strong connection to the general public and access to Colorado's most vulnerable populations. Real opportunities to make a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    Fear-based culture; leaders behave badly at all levels, including the executive team. Expectations are unreasonably high, and very few resources are provided to be successful. No work/life balance; excessive hours with virtually no reward. Technology is 20 years behind, limited professional training opportunities, and very low pay. Turnover, even at the leadership levels, is very high, and change is constant, so no progress is made. Leaders are not collaborative with each other, which leads to breakdowns in infrastructure and communication. Everyone is out for themselves and are quick to throw each other under the bus. Job was definitely not what they said it would be.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same page and work together, instead of fighting against each other, to bring the organization where it needs to go. Expel the leaders who engage in destructive and counterproductive behaviors and bring in people who can really lead, and who people want to follow.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    good pay and benefits but inconsistent expectations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    pay well, good benefits and retirement options, nice facility and some great people working at the program level, high expectations for quality services and data collections for the programs overseen by the department.

    Cons

    Often bored or under-utilized. Very much a top-down management style with very little consideration for the everyday average employee. Management is constantly changing their minds, and often a lot of talk but not a lot of action in terms of getting things moving forward. Employees required to pay for daily parking at an average of 8-10 dollars a day


  6. Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good pay and decent benefits

    Cons

    Terrible hours which include 13 hr shifts


  7. Income Maintenance Technician

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Helping people is always a good thing. Good training and advancement from within.

    Cons

    Sometimes egos can interfere with being objective. Pay isn't too great. It is a long process to fire someone, this causes the bad ones to shape up for a bit and then go bad and the cycle starts all over.

    Advice to Management

    Smile


  8. Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Patient Care in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Patient Care in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Human Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly and helpful. There are many opportunities for career growth and management is supportive of those who wish to expand personal knowledge. Overall, nice environment.

    Cons

    May be moved from unit to unit witout any notice. Some employees receive no Saturday/Sunday week-ends or holidays. Over-time is refunded in compensation time and many desirable vacation times are unavailable due to the fact that it is allotted based on senority. The physical plant space is out-dated in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    A flexible schedule with sharing of week-ends and holidays would be a big plus.


  9. Horrible

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    Current Employee - Client Care Aide in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Current Employee - Client Care Aide in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The health insurance is really good, and also you accrue alot of time off and you can use it at anytime.

    Cons

    The staff are just mean and they do not help you. you are treated like crap, and you are always getting stuck doing mandatory OT.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue and learn how to treat the staff that are making you the big bucks!!!!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Government is Good work, if you can get it.

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    Current Employee - Applications Trainer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Applications Trainer in Denver, CO
    Recommends

    Pros

    Schedules tend to be flexible, including flex time option. Benefits are hard to beat.

    Cons

    Lack of Promotion opportuinities within the department.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach!



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