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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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    • Senior Management
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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.  

    Proud to have worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonwealth of Virginia

    Pros

    Working for the state was a valuable career-expanding experience. The continued opportunities for classroom and on-the-job training were excellent, and I had the freedom to expand my knowledge in a variety of functional areas. The various agencies are very collaborative, so I was able to build a strong professional network that still lasts to this day. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides great avenues of support for its employees to become involved with professional associations and obtain certifications, so I was constantly learning new and relevant information.

    Cons

    Sometimes the flow of customers was so heavy that it made it difficult to catch up on administrative tasks, but I was fortunate to have very supportive coworkers and supervisors.

    Recommends
  3.  

    It was a great place to work.

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

    I worked at Commonwealth of Virginia

    Pros

    There was fair treatment to all employees in reference to possible issues, time off, work hours, opportunities and management support.

    Cons

    The only downside working for the state of Virginia was the amount of work that increased due to staff downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved the opportunity to work with management and coworkers. Time spent there was a pleasant, easy going, knowledgable experience.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    best job ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia

    Pros

    work actually means something to the public

    Cons

    salary differences between private and public sector

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    technology changes and its best to stay ahead of the curve

    Recommends
  6.  

    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
  7.  

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

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    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
  8.  

    Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Forward leaning, pro-business, takes care of employees.

    Cons

    Subject to budgetary cycle, makes long-range plans challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain course

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great benefits!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, time, flexibility, predictability. Good for specialization in certain environmental focuses.

    Cons

    Pay, work interest/variety, often not-engaged colleagues, few if any financial or similar perks. Minimal inter-disciplinary opportunities without changing job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    I worked for the VADOC

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    Current Employee - Corrections Officer in Dillwyn, VA
    Current Employee - Corrections Officer in Dillwyn, VA

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The staff can make this an enjoyable working experience. Training is among the best.

    Cons

    The pay isn't the best or anywhere near the best. Some of the older employees need to retire along with their way of thinking. It is a true dichotomy there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to retire some of the wardens and superintendents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Department of Social Services

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Offers stable employment and good benefits.

    Cons

    No reward for effort. Much talk about "pushing decision-making down," but in reality, that never happens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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