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Commonwealth of Virginia Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent foot in the door for aspiring auditors

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auditor in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Auditor in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    The Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts is a great way for an aspiring auditor to launch their career even before they've completed their accounting courses. You will be given immediate experience as a member of an audit team with responsibilities that will grow as fast as you can handle them. The team members you work with are constantly moving on to major accounting firms giving you contacts almost everywhere you need them. Don't hesitate to accept this opportunity if internal audit is where you want to go.

    Cons

    Try to avoid being placed on solo audits that are over your head early in your career here. Every opportunity to work with experienced team members will pay off. Save the solo work until you've gotten a few audits under your belt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above. Careful not to stunt a young auditors growth by placing them into the deep end before they can swim.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging work but the organization within state government is exactly what you'd expect -- lacking at all levels.

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    Current Employee - Field Services Technician II in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Field Services Technician II in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia

    Pros

    In my position I have a great amount of independence and variety in my daily routine. Designing and implementing networks is also challenging, as are other technical projects.

    Cons

    Lack of organization is extremely frustrating and the work load is unbelievabley high. Long days are quite common and there is no compensation for overtime even though we are considered salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. Trying to cover the entire state with a team of five is rediculous, especially considering the nature of the environment we work in. Also I would suggest a clear and easily available set of "Standard Operating Procedures" for all new employees. The fact that I have still never gotten my new employee training/orientation is a joke, especially considering the hazards of working inside prisons among general population.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Usual government red tape, but overall great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Healthcare Compliance Specialist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Healthcare Compliance Specialist in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Teleworking opportunities are great...lots of room to be creative as long you are productive.

    Cons

    Low salaries...Salaries are not competitive with private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the hard workers who demonstrate commitment and investment in what they do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Commonwealth of Virginia - many good people, but many layers of bureaucracy

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

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

    Pros

    long-term benefits, promotion opportunities, salary, mostly secure for long-term job, holidays, many co-workers. Many skills transfer between agencies, so you can apply for other jobs if wanted.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can make things move very slowly and can increase a lot of unnecessary paperwork. There were more internal "power-struggles" than I would have expected.

    Recommends
  6.  

    I could trust the inmates more than administration.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonwealth of Virginia

    Pros

    The insurance package is OK,

    Cons

    Administration tries to intrap you with policy and procedures, lies, that may cost you your job, put you in prison, or your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With management protecting management, I have nothing to share with them.

  7.  

    It's Okay

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

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Work-Life Balance, Independent Work Culture, Interesting Projects

    Cons

    Low Pay, Low Moral, Low Employee Motivation, Very Limited Growth Opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moral, encouragement and acknowledgment goes a long way when the workforce is not at-will.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Architect in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Architect in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    - Teleworking
    - Liberal time off policy

    Cons

    - Too much policy
    - Personal Growth
    - Budget Issue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Provide better benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    The benefits are the best part of the job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia

    Pros

    benefits, flexible schedule and teleworking

    Cons

    working with unmotivated people and horrible management

  10.  

    Some benefits but a lot of bureaucracy and hypocrisy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Telework opportunities are the best part for me. Without that, I'd probably really be struggling to stay positive.

    Cons

    Many buildings/floors are terrible. Cubicle walls and furniture are falling apart and from the '60's and '70's. Everything is really slow - lots of bureaucracy and lack of action. Lots of "studies" done that don't seem to go anywhere. For many agencies. there is no $ for training, development, mileage reimbursement, equipment,..... No pay increases over the past ~7 years (except for 1 year). Disappointing considering many of the appointed political positions get multiple pay increases over their 4 year terms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the Administration: don't tell employees that things are dire and $ needs to be saved when you provide significant pay increases for your appointees. Doesn't build trust or respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Definitely different than private sector

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health Educator in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Health Educator in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Leave policy is generous, so for those with small children the ability to be present for school activities is good. Not going to work weekends (office clears out after 8 hours) definitely very structured. There are not a lot of questions when it comes to policies; every conceivable iteration has been planned for.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible. No scheduled increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more free-thought.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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