Council of State Governments

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    CSG Justice Center New York: great people, good work, poor management & environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Council of State Governments full-time

    Pros

    Very smart and talented people who are passionate about making an impact in the world of criminal justice

    Cons

    This place is known for the bait-and-switch; you interview for one job, thinking that you will be able to use your knowledge and make an impact, only to find out that your job function is something completely different and more junior.

    Employees definitely put more in than they get back from the company. Awards and raises seem to be given based on how close you are

    There is no on-site HR representative, so any HR issues are handled through the cold and insensitive deputy director, or remotely through the HR dept in Kentucky. There is some seriously poor leadership in terms of knowing how to treat or speak to staff, but also in that there is a lack of staff development.

    Lastly, there is very poor time management and planning skills across the board, leading to a constant state of crisis mode and last minute mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the skills and experience of the people you hire and make sure they are being utilized to the fullest potential;don't just hire bodies to fill open roles, take the time to make sure it's a good fit all around.

    Create more room for growth within the organization; people don't want to stay stagnant for years at a time, give them some motivation and something to work towards.

    Address personnel issues at all levels, including directors/managers who are not displaying ideal leadership; don't just assume that everything lies at the feet of the direct report, sometimes the managers are out of line too.

    DEFINITELY need an onsite HR representative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Council of State Governments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely, generous time off, sick days and vacation time. Good benefits and packages, room to grow since there is a high turn over

    Cons

    Poor management, poorly organized, high turn overs, management style, lack of consideration for staff personal time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Doubletalk and lack of self-awareness as an institution in the NY office

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

    I have been working at Council of State Governments

    Pros

    People are highly intelligent, ambitious and committed to their work.

    Cons

    The organization is, for all intents and purposes, a lobbying firm, but they don't seem to realize this. Internal communication is poor, and it is hard to get a read on management, as much is hidden behind a veneer of extreme politeness. Junior staff are not utilized to their full potential, and there is very much a sense that there is only one right way to get things done -- very much a "groupthink" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be more open-minded and understanding of disagreement. They should keep their eyes on the ultimate goal, rather than getting bogged down in minutiae. Too often, style is emphasized over substance, and there is often a knee-jerk devotion to the philosophy of the senior leadership, which can be stifling.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    NY Office - Great Mission, Terrible Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Council of State Governments

    Pros

    Important work, access to legislators, they do have a good vision of policy and how the right policy can make progress in their areas.

    Cons

    Horrible internal management, one-man vision with little outside input. Director pointedly said in a full staff meeting "we don't have time to think strategically, we have too much to do". The expectation is that you'll work nights and weekends. Even if you get your job done, but don't work nights and weekends, it's frowned upon. They like to hire young, ambitions, fresh out of college types and get all the sweat equity they can out of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    The NY office has some serious problems

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Council of State Governments

    Pros

    If you're willing to work yourself into the ground (i.e. stay in the office late every night and come in on the weekends), you will have opportunities, even as a junior staff member, to lead projects and work closely with legislators and other high-level government officials.

    Cons

    No respect for personal time; ineffective leadership; lack of mid-level management; usually a frenzied environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time at home with your wife and kids.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great community of smart, educated and policy driven professionals.

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

    I worked at Council of State Governments

    Pros

    Great location, lots of flexible hours, competent peers

    Cons

    Difficult as an assocation management firm to manage finances as they are dependent on the states so layoffs are often considered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your staff

    Recommends
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