Florida Department of Children and Families

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Florida Department of Children and Families Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Very good benefits including health insurance and pension plan (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits, solid retirement package (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Case load is large, but has cut down in recent years due to a large hiring increase (in 3 reviews)

  • Low pay, no respect from anyone (in 3 reviews)

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  1. ESSI

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    Former Employee - Essi in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Essi in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, camaraderie among staff is also good

    Cons

    Moral of staff is not good and trust between non management staff and management is not good

    Advice to Management

    Transparency of management with workers would raise productivity. Too many are fearful of losing employment.


  2. Senior Case Worker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    work life balance, employee benefits

    Cons

    no raises, no bonuses, caseload


  3. Over worked underpaid

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    Current Employee - ESSS I in Lake City, FL
    Current Employee - ESSS I in Lake City, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, work from home

    Cons

    Bad pay ,no raises, impossible work load

    Advice to Management

    Consider giving workers a raise


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  5. Many Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Senior Human Services Program Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Human Services Program Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Florida Department of Children and Families full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of exciting things happening at DCF in terms of staff and employee development. The entry level positions are difficult, but successful employees have many opportunities to promote and join professional development courses.

    Cons

    As it is a state job, raises are dictated at the legislative level, and there has only been one raise in nine years. The benefits are excellent, but employees have had to contribute more to them without a commensurate increase in pay.

    Advice to Management

    Local management, and the current secretary are fantastic, and attuned to the balance of employee needs and customer needs. Legislators and the executive branch (governor's office) need to understand that the pay is no longer meeting the hygiene needs of the workforce, and will soon start losing highly skilled employees as the economy continues to improve. They should be thankful to the local management and the office of the secretary of DCF for making the working environment engaging, or turnover would be an even bigger problem.


  6. This will do until you find something else

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The work is fairly easy and the environment is flexible (dress code, time off, work schedule, etc)

    Cons

    You will NOT be compensated fairly for your work. If you are looking for a job to tide you over this is perfect but you will not get any bonuses and your salary is laughable compared to the volume of work that you do. Middle and upper management is a joke also.


  7. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working from home is the best thing about working in this department. It gives you the flexibility you need if you are a working parent. Also, medical benefits are great.

    Cons

    No raises and workload extreme for little pay. This position is very stressful and the pay is not good sometimes you get the feeling that you are just another number.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to take those upper management classes that assist with how to treat workers. Also. try to have meetings that help come up with plans relieve your workers load as well as others.


  8. ESS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It is a stable job, very flexible, with good benefits. The best is working from home.

    Cons

    The expectations are at times unreasonable when they decide to make changes which is often. The pay is low.


  9. Great resume builder

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    Current Employee - Abuse Counselor in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Abuse Counselor in Tallahassee, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Coworkers are great and helpful

    Cons

    Pressure on average handling time (calls/reports taken)

    Advice to Management

    Give more incentives


  10. Love working here

    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida Department of Children and Families (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have had a great team to teach me.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons currently.


  11. child protective intestigator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    benefits, training and certification able to take with you.

    Cons

    on call, hours, stress level



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