Commonwealth of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Great Work/Home Balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Supportive co-workers and many opportunities for growth

    Cons

    You will NOT get promoted or move up in the organization unless you know someone who knows someone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great people to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Pros

    really nice staff to work with

    Cons

    very low efficiency, bureaucracy and awful working environment (bad air and lighting and no windows)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great Mission; Horrible Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time

    Pros

    Able to provide service to folks in the community; good mission; many people at professional staff level working hard to serve the Commonwealth

    Cons

    Horribly managed; Many in management do not have supervisory and leadership skils, nor background in content area; managment has terrible inertia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire in competent and skilled managers and leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Finance Manager

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    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

    Collegial atmosphere; purpose-driven employment; typically manageable hours (with busy seasons like most other jobs); plenty of training opportunities; flexibility to work on topics that are tangentially related to primary job function.

    Cons

    Unpredictable/cyclical management can shift wildly; little room for growth within given policy areas; tension between policy & politics; compensation is not necessarily tied to job performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Working in the MA State house Committee on Ways and Means was a learning experience of a life time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Not one staffer slacked in providing me with all the answers I needed to gain any lacking knowledge. The Chairman wasn't around a lot simply because he was extremely busy being one of the most important person in the state, so that was understandable. Staffers took time out of their busy work schedules to teach their ways one on one.

    Cons

    No air conditioning in the Summer! A little weird for a con but I would have to say that was the only one.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Associate court officer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Pros

    great job and the pay was decent but you could not live on the little amount had to pick up a second job to pay for bills

    Cons

    benefits take your whole pay check

  8. Stressful but rewarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Pros

    Great benefits, vacation, sick, and personal days. Health insurance, pension. Love the people I work with. We work as a team and get a lot done

    Cons

    Management are always in meetings. It's all about the numbers. Too focused on stats. Always pushing for higher production. Regulations always changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on social work and less on stats.

  9. Good work environment but underpaid

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    Current Employee - Senior Health Policy Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Health Policy Analyst

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

    Pros

    People are really nice. Good work/life balance, good flexibility

    Cons

    Salary seems to be pretty low.

    Recommends
  10. Overworked and underpaid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pension and reasonable cost health insurance

    Cons

    Lack of support from HR, race disparity with senior level and mid-level to line staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Lack of leadership, focus and direction.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, benefits, freedom, location, 9-5, tons of jobs, easy work, move from agency to agency, many people close to retirement age so might be new openings, ok vacation time, personal time, sick time

    Cons

    No vision nor coordination, no rewards for hard work, impossible to move up, much fraud, waste and abuse, no educational opportunities, wasted work, repetitive tasks, poor pay, unethical, patronage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire smarter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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