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Current Employee - COII in Boston, MA
Current Employee - COII in Boston, MA

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

Pros

salary, benefits, clean environment, ability for advancement

Cons

investment in employee stressors., suicide prevention

Advice to ManagementAdvice

engage in positive dialog to increase awareness of and prevention of employee burnout

Recommends
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  1. Lack of professional respect and poor compensation

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    Former Contractor - Attorney for the MA Committee for Public Counsel Services in Lawrence, MA
    Former Contractor - Attorney for the MA Committee for Public Counsel Services in Lawrence, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    As an independent contractor, representing indigent clients through the MA Committee For Public Counsel Services, I could set my own hours, which allowed for some flexibility. However, as an attorney I, of course, had to meet the demands of representing my clients and our professional standards.

    Cons

    Contract attorneys, who represent indigent clients through the MA Committee For Public Counsel Services, are paid very, very poorly. I understand that it's taxpayer money, but the micromanagement that goes into overseeing the attorneys by the Committee For Public Counsel Services is overly burdensome and time consuming. Everything must be justified and everything is questioned, from billing to professional judgments made in representing clients. I don't know of many (any?) contract attorneys who wouldn't rather be practicing law in another setting, no matter how dedicated they are to providing equal justice for the indigent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Heed the recommendations of the Massachusetts Bar Association Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Attorney Compensation, whose report was issued in May, 2014. It can be found on the Massachusetts Bar Association website. Search for attorney compensation. The report will come up at the top of the list.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Hard job, reasonable pay.

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    Former Employee - Mental Health Worker in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Mental Health Worker in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Regular salary increases because unionized. Hard to get fired.

    Cons

    Unpleasant atmosphere, old school supervisors - people are unhappy at work. We had obligatory extra shifts. Because of union seniority rules, it's impossible to get holidays off until you've worked there like 10 years. Not enough training for people who work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe that we know something, trust us to make changes, loosen up on some of the needless rules, make time off fair, let us go to trainings.

    Doesn't Recommend
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