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Good Learning Experience

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Current Contractor - Care Giver in Sacramento, CA
Current Contractor - Care Giver in Sacramento, CA

I have been working at CDSS as a contractor (Less than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook

Pros

Meet new people. help the elderly. Get a pay check. Learn something new

Cons

You use your own vehicle. Some of the people are mean to work for. Your a contractor with the company.

Advice to Management

This company is a good way to earn a little extra money but you have to go through finger printing as well. There are classes you have to take.

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  1. A Very Challenging Place to Work...

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant (Typing) in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant (Typing) in San Diego, CA

    I worked at CDSS full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, after five years employees are vested in CalPERS pension system; this agency provides a necessary and vital service of maintaining the safety and care of the elderly in assisted-living facilities that sometimes are run by corrupt and uncaring owners, who, when discovered, are given warnings and sometimes fined or shut down. There is never a dull moment in the CCLD working environment.

    Cons

    The workload is horrendous and due to budgetary and hiring freeze constraints, it is impossible for employees to fully perform all of their duties. Employees are stretched to the limit--or well over. Facilities are supposed to be inspected on a regular basis, but due to the amount of complaint calls that need to be investigated within ten days, regular inspections do not always occur.

    Advice to Management

    More employees, including clerical, need to be hired, especially for customer service. All orientations and administrator examinations should be offered via videos and online. These also should be available in different languages, including Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. When employees work overtime, offer some type of compensation (comp time and/or paid). Regarding DOJ and FBI background checks and clearance to work, this process somehow should be streamlined, as it sometimes can take months. People with misdeameanors automatically should be cleared, especially for old court cases. Individuals with felonies still need to be screened carefully, but the policy should be changed where they are told why they are not cleared--and perhaps never will be.


  2. Disorganized, ineffective, and toxic.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at CDSS full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Vacation, sick leave, job security, and retirement contribution.

    Cons

    The Human Resources office is a mess. Don't assume that you're qualified for a certain classification based on real work experience. They will disqualify you instantly and then offer you a Training and Development assignment as consolation. Don't assume that they're accurately keying in your leave usage. I've seen two employees shorted 10+ years of service credit due to data entry errors in Human Resources. Although a current goal is "flexibility," there hasn't been much done to accommodate the state-wide initiative to allow telecommuting. Som mid-level managers contribute to a toxic environment in which employees are encouraged to report what they hear around the office, thus a breakdown in communication. Employees are often put in a position where they feel they must “tattle” in certain scenarios so as to not get into trouble themselves. There is an overall lack of teamwork in most units. Getting guidance from coworkers is hit or miss. The go-getter mentality is not often praised or appreciated by mid-level management and other rank and file staff. Good ideas are often not considered by mid-level management. Care to the quality and accuracy of work is not praised. Instead, it is interpreted my mid-level management as not accepting “no” for an answer.

    Advice to Management

    Do not continue to hire unqualified people to manager. Give up the "savior" mentality; hire rank and file employees who are capable of doing the job now as opposed to being hopefull that someday they will be able to do the job.


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