Commonwealth of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Instead of work/life balance its life/work balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auditor
    Current Employee - Auditor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Flexible hours and if you stay long enough, very generous time off. More holidays than the private sector and workload isn't too overbearing. Unionized positions allow for decent and consistent pay raises in addition to yearly performance raises. Pre-tax transportation and medical cards available.

    Cons

    Promotional opportunity is slim unless you know someone and make friends. Can be boring at times and the "lifers" are ridiculous, but you can see where they're coming from. Office jobs lack overtime. Low starting pay compared to private sector and no bonuses. Union dues and pension contributions lead to a lower take home pay than private sector jobs. Good thing you don't have to pay SS. No health insurance buyout.

    Advice to Management

    Try to have more consistent tone from the top, which is difficult when there is changing administrations. Young people are eager to learn so teach and train them.


  2. Seasonal Unemployment Claim Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Staffs in the agency were nice.

    Cons

    Worked very hard but salary was very low

    Advice to Management

    Please higher the starting salary.


  3. Happy Employee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Experience, Rewarding Work, Good Training Opportunities

    Cons

    Hard to advance, low pay, limited design work


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  5. Bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay, OT, benefits, good networking with state legislature, perceived power , learn a lot about state government and the planning process

    Cons

    Unfair management practices , management not well suited for position, workload not sufficient for what was expected with position, lack of organization and accountability


  6. Evidence Technician

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

    Pros

    Great people in the crime lab. Extremely interesting job.

    Cons

    Not nearly as challenging as I am looking for. Salary is not competitive and there is limited opportunity for overtime. No room for growth within the unit.


  7. Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    communication and research skills improved

    Cons

    there were too much replicated work


  8. Super guard

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer III in Walpole, MA
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer III in Walpole, MA

    Pros

    The dept pays well under the benefit of a union contract. Benefits include health, dental, vacation and retirement.

    Cons

    Dept requires staff to walk a fine line between employees rights and prisoners rights. This often defys common sense. Job satisfaction is extremely low because of the nature of the oppressive culture of the prison system.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to listen to staff that actually perform the work rather then bureaucrats that have a idealized outlook of how things could be run. The wheel does not need to be reinvented weekly. Evaluations of staff perormance need a complete rework that will be accurate and help employee moral.


  9. Mediator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mediator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Mediator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You help vulnerable people when they are deceived by unscrupulous companies. It is rewarding works.

    Cons

    The pay is from the government. It's a government salary which makes it very hard to pay for all the things you need.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great. It would just be better if the agency had more funding so it could pay employees better.


  10. Program Coordinator II

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator II in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator II in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pension package if you are in it for the long haul. Holiday, vacation, and sick time are generous. I have a lot of freedom in how the program runs. Lots of diversity in potential growth.

    Cons

    Merit pay in not available. Reviews are not tied to pay increases. Time in service is time is tied to pay, so why let yourself get burned out. Pay is low compared to private sector. Promotions come with minimal pay increases, making it difficult to keep young and innovative people.

    Advice to Management

    Good workers tend to get the majority of the work load while not so motivated people get the same treatment. Uniformity in work delegations.


  11. Sr. Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Providing service to fellow state residents and knowing you're working on something valuable that is tangible and not just the next widget that is designed to make someone a profit.

    Cons

    Uncertainty at times of administration change, the posturing for power between organizations within the state and the rather rigid rules around everything from interviews through procurement that seem downright draconian.

    Advice to Management

    Need to adjust to being in the 21st century and bring everything up to date, the technology, salaries, things like procurement rules all need to be addressed.



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