Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
84 Reviews
3.2
84 Reviews
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good HR policies, decent work life balance, and people who care about doing the right thing (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits, hours are easy and flexible (in 9 reviews)


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

  • Pay less than industry averages, union creates unhealthy work environment (slackers vs (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very nice atmosphere and easy work

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, always nice and friendly. Much free time to do other school work or surf the internet.

    Cons

    Often confusion on exactly what to do. The overall topics were not very interesting and at times very tedious and boring. Very isolated from any real work and interaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more structure for interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Decent place to work and you won't kill yourself because of workload but...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work is not overwhelming and can be challenging at times with many projects to work on if you can get assigned to them.

    Cons

    Many starts and stops can become very frustrating. Not all but too many managers are talking heads who take undue credit and pass blame way too often with no accountability or discipline for bad work. Much more than in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IMHO, the remaining vestiges of worthless management left here to walk around acting busy with their narcissistic need to tell everyone how busy their life is are useless and expendable. OK, not all but too many of them. They take all the credit for work they didn't -and can't- do. They puff up their fictitious and useless accomplishments and regurgitate this drivel interminably to every unsuspecting hostage they can corner. Some of them have already jumped ship and hopefully you can get rid of the remainder of this bane of moral before you lose a lot of conscientious, talented, and hard working people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    I learn a lot about life

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    Former Employee - Human Service Field  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Human Service Field in Boston, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is no experience like it!

    Cons

    People around the city think the job was easy, because it was a state job!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should give more positive feedback, instead of negative feedback!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working for the Commonwealth requires you to be good in customer service. Patience is a good attribute to gave.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits are good these days compared to what is happening in the private sector.

    Cons

    Not many opportunity for advancements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take an interest in your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive

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

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits, No Weekends, No Nights, Paid Holidays,

    Cons

    Commute, LACK OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ADVANCEMENT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Learn about how government works
    Typically it's steady work

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes awhile for something to get done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Made a Career sucessful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerk III  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Clerk III in Boston, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the benefits, people are intelligent and work is rewarding

    Cons

    the families at DCS make you hurt when going over the problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    some clicks that are down on a employee will go to no ends of deceit to get them dismissed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you're young, hungry, and can work well with others, you can go far and gain a great deal of responsibility.

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    Former Employee - Chief of Staff  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Chief of Staff in Boston, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Gain a great deal of responsibility
    Learn about working with various stakeholders (internal and external)
    Can gain expertise in a specific area, if you want

    Cons

    Salary bands can constrain your earning potential
    Various outlets publish salaries for you and your coworkers
    Politics can come into play in decision-making, but that's to be expected

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Dysfunctional management culture with problems setting, maintaining, and following through on goals

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time

    Pros

    - Interesting portfolio
     - Working for the public sector can be inspirational (if you're into that kind of thing)
     - (Limited) opportunity to interact with movers and shakers in state policy

    Cons

    - Bullying is ignored
     - Incompetence is rewarded
     - Ambition is disregarded
     - Lack of direction/effective leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Mediocre leadership and not much room for growth

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    Former Employee - Training Specialist  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Training Specialist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    union position, manageable workload, great office location, treated like a "person" (manager recognizes typical life problems such as sickness and family issues)

    Cons

    disorganized, disjointed goals, lack of/poor communication, quick fix decision making, lack of resources available, hire based on "who you know" and not actual qualifications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Years of experience in state government does not equal quality. Compensate employees for their hard work and in order to keep them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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