Health and Environmental Control Department of South Carolina

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Health and Environmental Control Department of South Carolina Reviews

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  1.  

    Solid values

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    Former Employee - Training and Development Director in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Training and Development Director in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Health and Environmental Control Department of South Carolina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid values and transparent finances.

    Cons

    Calcified management culture made it hard to advance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I had a wonderful time with fantastic coworkers.

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    Former Employee - Pool Inspector in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Pool Inspector in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Health and Environmental Control Department of South Carolina as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay was great, I had a fantastic management. Great hours and wonderful benefits. I had a blast every day at work

    Cons

    I had to work in the heat and cold sometimes. I personally enjoy working in those conditions but for someone who doesn't maybe pick your job accordingly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Few opportunities for professional or financial advancement.

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    Former Employee - Environmental Health Manager in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Environmental Health Manager in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Health and Environmental Control Department of South Carolina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Experience, making contacts, and resume building.
    Inherent public employee benefits such as annual leave and vacation
    Depending on where in the Agency you work, you may be able to work flex schedules

    Cons

    No raises available in the Agency during my 4 year tenure (not even cost of living)
    -Field staff are payed extremely low
    -Low and middle management isn't paid enough either
    -Many managers do not have related educational background
    -Too often there is a lack of scientific culture and curiosity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please recognize that most employees receive extremely poor compensation and have equally poor prospects for professional advancement. Due to this problem DHEC is loosing quality staff. The associated high turnover rate is leading to an overall reduction in the quality of the Agency.

    Stop the degradation of DHEC by providing a clear pathway to pay increases. Opportunities for advancements within a classification (or by promotion to a new classification) should be used to promote growth of employees.

    The only pathway to a bigger paycheck for most employees during was to apply for a new position in a different field. This would "waste" the experience of that employee because their old position is filled by someone who needs training and is often less qualified. This amounts to internal "brain-drain" on top of the obvious losses of staff to other employers.

    There are still some great staff left in the Agency but most of them seem to be sticking around out of convenience. Some of these people are unwilling/unable to move from their current location for new employment. Others might have flexible work schedules which allows them to support their family better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Excellent people who really want to serve the people of SC well despite their own red tape...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in North Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in North Charleston, SC

    I worked at Health and Environmental Control Department of South Carolina full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People you work with, both internally and externally.
    In my area at least, interesting work which presented new challenges and potential for learning.
    T-I-M-E...37.5 hr work week (theoretically, at least), 3 weeks paid leave, 3 weeks sick leave
    The opportunity to serve the citizens of South Carolina, a fantastic place to live!

    Cons

    Too many layers of upper management means you spend a seemingly endless amount of time accounting for, briefiing, discussing, and reporting rather than actually working on the task assigned.
    Knee-jerk reactions are all too common and create a startled and frenzied work environment where prductivity dives as confidence in actions by employees are shaken.
    Communication up and across stands to be greatly improved.
    Sometimes common sense takes a back seat to a perception-focused interpretation of policies or procedures. Rather than solving an issue, it's more important to appear to be solving the issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down on the appearance of action. Listen, really listen to the folks on te front line every day. Then act, really act upon the actual issues at hand. Make it possible for managers to manage a team of empowered individuals rather than manage a case load of work plus some administrative personnel duties. Stop meeting for meeting sake.

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    They don't care about the advancement of their employees

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    Current Employee - EHMI in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - EHMI in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Health and Environmental Control Department of South Carolina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Minimal work hours and nice co-workers

    Cons

    They don't care about you or the environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least appear that you care about your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Health and Environmental Control Department of South Carolina

    Pros

    Time off when needed. Many learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Lack of growth potential, favoritism, lacking compensation, poor moral, lack of communication. Benefits are not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example and stop trying to run the department like your very own corporation. Supervisory training needs to be updated. Respect your employees the way you would want to be respected.

    Doesn't Recommend

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