Commonwealth of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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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)

  • inefficient work environment, few openings (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Very nice coworkers

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are very kind and helpful and they definitely appreciate the work of their interns. Lots of structure for their intern program and plenty of supervision and a week long training.

    Cons

    I think the commission is limited by lack of funding

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  2. Deputy General Counsel

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting work and great people.

    Cons

    Too political and not enough pay.

    Advice to Management

    Should focus on merit and weeding out dead weight, even if they are part of the union.

  3. Working for the Commonwealth offers opportunities, but comes with frustration.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (more than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A variety of opportunities/projects/committees available to keep my job interesting. Work/Life Balance is accepted in workplace culture. Alternative work scheduled to accommodate childcare/elder-care arrangements very beneficial. Tuition remission program for state colleges and universities is excellent.

    Cons

    A lack of performance based salaries and weak management/leadership roles provides little incentive for employees to fully engage in the Commonwealth workforce. Unionized workforce environment creates stress for younger talented employees who are denied promotions because of seniority rules. Outdated technology makes the work day longer. Limited training opportunities for staff, supervisors, & managers.

    Advice to Management

    Management would benefit from learning how to effectively manage under performing staff, developing workforce development strategies that offer training and mentoring opportunities for younger staff. Equipping offices with up-to-date technology will enhance performance and reduce frustration.

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  5. State employee

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    Current Employee - Office Support Specialist
    Current Employee - Office Support Specialist

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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

    Pros

    Consistent employment, reliable work environment

    Cons

    'Business as usual' way of doing things

  6. Rewarding work, low pay, good work-life balance: the trade-offs of government work.

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    Former Employee - Career Counselor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Career Counselor in Boston, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Depending on your department and purpose, the work can be very rewarding helping citizens change the path of their life. Colleagues were hard-working and did good work, despite all you hear about government workers. Enjoyed fun times and laughs both inside and outside of work. Expectations were not set so high that you experienced high stress.

    Cons

    Don't rock the boat, better to keep quiet about change or you could ruffle feathers and get a target on your back. Although, if you hang in, you will find more nuanced ways to effect positive organizational change. Pay is AT LEAST 20-30% lower than private sector (at least in my role), but when 4:59 pm comes your computer is shut down and you're out the door a minute later. Because of union rules, it's very difficult to get rid of a couple of bad apples that give the rest of workers a bad rap.

    Advice to Management

    None, they'll be gone soon in the next cycle of elections. For lower level management, they were very good to me and expected me just to tow the line. Maybe recognize in younger workers the need to own a project and give freedom to make things happen. I had a good amount of this.

  7. Great exposure for a young person.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Talent is rewarded quickly with responsibility.
    - Issues are relevant to society- feel as though you are making an impact.
    - 9-5 lifestyle
    - Pay can be competitive
    - Interesting work

    Cons

    - Not enough young talent and therefore an older working environments
    - Politics can get in the way of progress
    - Limited salary growth

    Advice to Management

    I have seen both extremely competent former business executives in leadership roles as well as political appointees who have reversed progress and turned their back on doing the RIGHT action in favor of doing the politically sensitive action. Remember that we serve the people of Massachusetts and we have a responsibility to act accordingly. Only put qualified people in positions of leadership.

  8. Great Team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Felt like we were accomplishing something daily by helping the public. Great team of people. Great hours. vacation time.

    Cons

    pay. lack of time to have team meetings and discuss goals. So busy that it was constantly reacting rather than being able to have goals and growth in skill set.

  9. Helpful (1)

    great place to work if you care about work-life balance

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    congenial, passionate coworkers
    great place to work if you are interested in health policy

    Cons

    not much upward mobility after you become a manager

    Advice to Management

    the management actually cares about people

  10. It's ok if you have a plan

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good experience, nice people, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Slow pace, slow to give you work, limited options to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Wow- so much advice. 1) Have employees rate supervisors/managers- this would help improve poor mangement skills
    2) Don't speak down to employees, show them that you value them

  11. The position was not what was explained or what I expected.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you are under 30 years old and want to establish a pension and are only looking for medical benefits, the Commonwealth offers both.

    Cons

    The salary is very low for what you are expected to do. There is a lack of support and training. There is no guidance or mentors and you are on your own to figure everything out. The do not have updated technology, making it difficult to complete work. Not a very pleasant work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Offer orientation and training. No morale and incentives. Re-evaluate salaries and offer a competitive salary for what is expected of that position.

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