Commonwealth of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance, good flexibility (in 11 reviews)

  • Good benefits, hours are easy and flexible (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Much more than in the private sector (in 7 reviews)

  • Negative, discouraging work environment (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Pleasant Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work environment is very pleasant and engaging. Staff are generally thoughtful recent graduates that care about the policy issues. Can be exciting place to work during budget and intense end of sessions. Work/life balance is best part of job. Very flexible as long as work is completed.

    Cons

    As with all public sector jobs, salaries are low. Jobs are best suited for those straight out of school or at the beginning of their careers. Difficult to support a family at salary.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide environment that supports innovative ideas and creative ways to solve policy issues. Many staff have terrific ideas that need an ear and critical consideration.


  2. Legislative Aide

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great and supportive environment. Was exposed to all elements of public policy and legislative work. Set me up for a great career. The benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Pay is low and it is difficult to receive raises. The work flow is stop and go at times.


  3. Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a difference in public policy draws many energetic people to state employment.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement. Hard to get rid of dead weight.


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  5. Assaistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Framingham Center, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Framingham Center, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Retirement and health benefits are excellent, hours were set, vacation can be earned as comp, hours for working OT, very helpful if you are a salary employee, room to advance from within

    Cons

    Long and short term insurance was not offered, coming from a corporate environment and trying to "manage" union employees is a difficult task, hence giving you a lot of stress

    Advice to Management

    Back your managers up, teach proper managing Union employees, if your trained you will drive yourself insane


  6. Great Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great leadership. Tone a the top is great, good sense of integrity and promotion from within.

    Cons

    There should be more external training other than the standardized training that is offered year round

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and remember to engage with employees from time to time give updates on priorities for the office


  7. Actually full of smart, interesting people.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The garbage you read in the Boston Herald about how state workers are lazy bums is, in my experience, garbage. Most of my coworkers were smart, dedicated, and thoroughly professional - there was only one person I knew who was like the stereotype of the dimwit who spends all day playing solitaire and scratch tickets. They're generally kind, friendly, likable people who are very welcoming to newcomers and happy to train and mentor you. They're also very understanding about health issues or other emergencies if something goes wrong, even if you don't have any paid sick time - I was hospitalized for over a week and still had a job when I came back, which is not something I'd count on most places I've worked. People dress casually in most of the state offices I've seen, including mine. There's a lot to learn and a lot of documentation to help you. The hiring process was quick, efficient, and simple. I e-mailed my resume and cover letter to the hiring manager, got a surprise phone screen the next day (just watch out for that) and the day after that was my first day on the job. Really.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the state has been relying more and more on temporary workers with no benefits - so unfortunately what you hear about how state workers have gold-plated bennies might be garbage too. Fortunately, the hourly rates for temporary workers are apt to be great. I made the most money I've ever made working for the state.

    Advice to Management

    A little more public outreach about the state jobs out there and what people who work for the state actually do might help you recruit good people (and educate the public).


  8. The politics of it all is frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    No career path. If you want a promotion, you better know someone

    Advice to Management

    Review people on credentials & not who they know or whether they made a financial contribution to the right campaign.


  9. Changes with the Administration

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot from great staff for 5 years, then the administration changed and we lost all leadership.

    Cons

    Managers can be randomly terminated simply because someone who worked on the campaign wants your position and despite have the highest reviews for years.

    Advice to Management

    Take a leadership course. Don't cuss out your staff and rely on their knowledge, especially when you don't have the knowledge it takes to run the agency.


  10. Budget Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fiscal Policy Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Fiscal Policy Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone you work with is young, motivated, and the smartest people in the state. Working for the Senate allows you to network, as well as integrally know the ins and outs of state government. Developing the budget also allows you to know more about specific state agencies and helps you have a more well-rounded understanding of your accounts and the state budget as a whole. I absolutely love my job, especially the people I work with, and my bosses. You gain an expertise with your accounts and your input is respected and acknowledged when it comes to decision making. Salary isn't great but you get great health benefits.

    Cons

    Like most state jobs, the pay is lacking. Work late nights and weekends during budget time.


  11. career work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Data Analytics Fraud Examiner in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Data Analytics Fraud Examiner in Boston, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Elected official . As long as your guy or gall is in office you should stay employed. Insurance and retirement is moderately good. Spouse included for a fee.

    Cons

    Elected official. If your guy or gal is leaving office you may have to find alternative employment.

    Advice to Management

    Delegations of duty help with the inclusion factor. Fear of not getting credit for work product is prevalent. Confidence is earned not given.



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