Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
3.3 of 5 54 reviews
www.pa.gov Harrisburg, PA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 6, 2014

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Pros:
  • "Working for any government entity will prove to have great benefits and resources"
    in 6 reviews
  • "The only good thing to say is they have good benefits"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Many more opportunities for advancement at Harrisburg"
    in 2 reviews
  • "Pay is not comparable with private industry and benefits keep diminishing"
    in 2 reviews
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    Enjoyable work place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTraining is helpful and environment is safe

    ConsTo many unhappy women and some drama

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits are decent and the job is yours as long as you want it

    ConsNot in my field nor interest areas

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay better

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    It's a job with good benefits - yet terrible morale

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits, job security, scheduled pay increases (unless budget stops them)

    ConsLack of support from superiors, Heavy bureaucratic rules, unwilling to streamline processes due to "we've always done it this way mentality"

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employee suggestions and actually implement ideas when possible.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Department of Community and Economic Development- PA

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe only good thing to say is they have good benefits

    ConsLittle opportunities for growth and promotions

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    Either bored out of your mind or completely overwhelmed, working for the Commonwealth leaves you no in-between.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStraightforward schedule, breaks, federal holidays off. Generally nice people.

    ConsNever expect your place of business to close during huge snow storms. Because it's union employment, some of the employees have been there for 25+ years and no longer have much to contribute except a poor, grumpy attitude. Don't expect much to change. They aren't open to new ideas and prefer things to be done the same way they have been done for years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf your staff isn't doing the job - get rid of them

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good

    Clerk Typist II (Former Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    Prosgood benefits, location, training, nice coworkers

    Consno room for advancement, communication between case workers and clerical staff

    Advice to Senior Managementmore chances for advancement more customer service training

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    The Department of health can be very beneficial for learning about cancer, and birth & death certificates.

    Clerk Typist II (Current Employee)
    Harrisburg, PA

    ProsGreat coworkers, and management is willing to work with schedules. The pay is decent, and they have great benefits.

    ConsIf you are the type person that likes to gossip this is not the place for you. No matter what you hear do not repeat it. Treat EVERYTHING with the up most confidentiality.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Who you know is more important than what you know!

    Assistant Counsel (Current Employee)
    Harrisburg, PA

    ProsGood people (peers); Vacation time good once a person has 15 years or more

    ConsUnappreciated, pay is more dependent on who you know than on experience or education

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    State jobs make you lazy

    Auditor (Current Employee)
    Harrisburg, PA

    ProsGood pay, holiday schedule is good, get lots of sick time.

    ConsMicro managers, time police, mundane work, very bad vacation accrual

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop worrying about every second a person is at work and treat them like adults!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very satisfied serving the public

    Income Maintenance Caseworker (Current Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsIt affords me the opportunity to provide help to the less fortunate people in our society

    ConsKeeping up with the demand and needs of our clients

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo comment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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