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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
125 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Good Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commissioner in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Commissioner in Boston, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, personal growth, exposure

    Cons

    compensation, professional growth, training, staff support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on employee growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to intern

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Pros

    Decent pay and hours during the summer. Gain a lot of hands on experience

    Cons

    Can not think of any.

    Recommends
  3.  

    I was a summer intern. Great intern programs. Learned a lot. Made good connections.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Pros

    As an intern, you are placed with a me to who gives you a project and helps you with it through the summer. There are also great environmental programs with state employees.

    Cons

    It was an unpaid internship, so you need another job on the side or obtain funding from your undergraduate school.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very friendly and professional work environmental

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Staff are warm and friendly

    Cons

    Does not provide you with the best training possible for personal development

    Recommends
  6.  

    Very Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developmental Services Worker in Hubbardston, MA
    Current Employee - Developmental Services Worker in Hubbardston, MA

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

    Pros

    Spectacular Benefits, Strong Emphasis on Teamwork, Excellent Client Treatment, Paid Overtime Opportunities, Job Security, Tons of Opportunities to move up, free trainings.

    Cons

    Lazy coworkers, forced overtime every so often

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work, but push more ambitious goals within the state amongst subordinates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Each agency is different. My review only applies to the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    You're not working long hours, people are generally helpful and friendly. You gain a good understanding of the decision making processes of state government. You also have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of food policy, production agriculture, and ag promotion.

    Cons

    It's state government. No one thinks outside of the box. Middle management is relatively inefficient, and new administrations bring new leadership and shifting priorities. Nothing happens quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish priorities and stay focused on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good workers, bad management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Pros

    Workers are great. The clients are great. Keep your nose out of the management and you will be fine.

    Cons

    Management stirs up drama and nonsense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking down on your employees, then telling other people about other people's business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Ehh its okay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Web Designer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working online
    Balances with life
    Good pay too

    Cons

    Too much projects to handle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give us more time to handle

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    supportive environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Counselor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Pros

    rewarding work. Flexible schedule, supportive team environment.

    Cons

    large caseloads which result in poor quality of service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve pormotion opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good benefits, older staff and not as innovative as it could be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    The life-work balance can be great especially if you're in a union position. As a young person, they have programs in place to get you saving for retirement and lots of other benefits, like pre-tax commuting passes, childcare, medical expense accounts. There's a reasonable amount of time off, including federal holidays, sick time and vacation. There are some great fellowship and local/state school comps, but fees are usually high.

    Cons

    It can be an older group of employees, known as lifers. Many of the processes are outdated and not as innovative as they could be which in the end could save money and time statewide. The environment can be stale and hierarchical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more professional development, create better opportunities for feedback

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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