Commonwealth of Kentucky Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Administrative Specialist III

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist III in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist III in Frankfort, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on which cabinet you work, the managers are great to work for. Once you get past the probationary status, you have major job security. You can take days off without anyone questioning you at all. They have no right to question you and it is written in the statutes that govern employment with state government.

    Cons

    Again, consult with someone in the office for which you wish to work. There is a difference in night and day as you go from office to office. It is better to work in a small branch, with ten or less people. Those offices seem to be more lenient and ran like private businesses where the managers keep their distance from you as long as you get your work done. In offices with a large numbers of employees, management loves to micromanage. Also, the pay is about fifty percent of the salary that you would get for the same job in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Do not micromanage. Put faith in the people that you hire to do the jobs. If you don't feel like someone is competent, do not hire them. Don't hire people based on who they know or if you know them from high school. Hire the best people and it will make your job alot easier.


  2. Helpful (2)

    No opportunity to advance in pay.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health Program Administrator in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Health Program Administrator in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, caring supervisor, nice retirement

    Cons

    Too much work, not enough staff, not hiring a supervisor, unrealistic expectations, low pay, lack of communication about decisions

    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers a fair a salary and quit running everyone off by not hiring enough workers.


  3. It was great to work for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Frankfort, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for the Commonwealth allowed a lot of unique experiences and helped me gain a wonderful network of mentors who I have leaned on throughout my career.

    Cons

    There was not much opporutnity to grow within the state merit system in regards to compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Continue revising the personnel policies in order to be more competitive with the private sector in regards to compensation. The state is sacrificing the best talent because they have better opportunites in the private sector.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Corrections Officer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eddyville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eddyville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    retirement possibility some good Officers Job stability (for type of job) Sick leave Comp

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. Good old boy system. LOW WAGES (it is NOT a living wage) long hours. Mandatory work days 6 to 7 days a week. Lack of proper training, supervision or support system from Supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the skills of those you have. Discipline or terminate on an equal basis and not on "who is who" or "who is related to who" or "who is your buddy or who is your buddy's buddy". Stop changing directions with the wind. Be consistent, and fair in your treatment of all staff and not just the 'elite' group. Stop the discrimination and treat your staff as well or better than you treat the inmates. The employees should be treated as a benefit and bonus instead of dirt you walk on. Follow ALL policies or get rid of them.


  6. Helpful (2)

    I would not suggest it

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

    Pros

    Government work so it is stable

    Cons

    No advancement, micromanaging, only way to get a raise is to move jobs


  7. Helpful (3)

    Don't waste your degree or your mental health!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Insurance, Holiday pay Retirement benefits It's a job Vacation pay

    Cons

    unethical management no leadership skills employee retention is low micro-management - worse than high school hostile & degrading work environment

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like they make a difference and they will. Respect goes along way.


  8. Vocational Rehabilitation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Owensboro, KY
    Current Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Owensboro, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with people and helping them feel a sense of pride and accomplishment again. Helping people gain a sense of independence.

    Cons

    Depending on where you live and how big your office is there is not a lot of promotion/growth potential.


  9. Take care of your people, and they will take care of you

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Pewee Valley, KY
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Pewee Valley, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    *Job security *Good benefits *Structured policies *Extra benefits and discounts for services for being a state employee

    Cons

    *Low pay *Terrible management *Inconsistent raises *Ridiculous workloads *Good ole boy system

    Advice to Management

    *Invest more in your workforce *Treat your staff like they matter *Be consistent with enforcing policy, not just when it benefits you *Support your staff


  10. Helpful (1)

    DO NOT COME TO WORK FOR THIS EMPLOYER!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - OSA II in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - OSA II in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many days off but not worth your mental stability.

    Cons

    Very Low Pay, coworkers turn against you the minute you can't get to do their job, job descriptions are unrealistic and you are not allowed to come in early, work later or Saturdays if needed to stay caught up - you get way behind in data entry due to the volume of phone calls, clients coming in and security calling to get someone to go down and see them - most co workers talk down to the clerical staff, as you are considered not capable of understanding anything or you are too old - Frankfort staff calls you to reprimand you for not getting work done when there was no time available to do everything - but it will be your fault always - I was a good employee who cared about the work I did - I did not talk on my phone or play with my computer all day like others - I was very busy and was blamed for their work not getting done - constantly made to feel like because I was older that I was losing my mind while missing checks, a sims card, etc was misplaced by a workers - The clerical staff was always the cause of all problems whether you were to blame or not.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees - make sure the job description fits the job in a specific location - make sure that administrative clerical positions are not a private secretary to 12 people when the clerical person also has definite job responsibilities and other projects- you are losing entire departments - you need to make sure there is an adequate number of clerical personnel for the department if needed - Also stop the practice of workers all leaving the office for the day early in the afternoons so that it leaves only the clerical person to answer phones and track people down. That takes all of the clerical persons time and that person's work does not get done -


  11. Helpful (1)

    Some management okay, but nothing every really gets accomplished.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Administrator
    Current Employee - Program Administrator
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Benefits are okay, some good management

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is too much and no real growth availability



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