Hennepin County

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Hennepin County Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
31 Reviews
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    IT Internship

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    Former Employee - IT Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Hennepin County as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I undertook a rather short internship in the Office of Budget and Finance. Everyone there was really nice, it was very easy to go around and talk to folks when ever in question. I also really enjoyed the location, plenty of food options and accessibility due to all the skyways. The work I did have to do varied quite a bit, some was very interesting and I was left with little to go on so I felt independent, while some of the work was kind of monotonous. It varied though which was good. Everyone was rather laid back and it helped create a stress free environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes I didn't know exactly what it was I was supposed to be doing. I just felt like they didn't have enough work for me to do, I'm sure this was the case because I was an intern but still I would've enjoyed to stay busier. There were times where I would go from supervisor/manger to another looking to see if anyone had any more work for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seeing as how I wasn't there for too long and I was an intern, I would just recommend keeping the interns more busy. Come up with more ideas for projects for them.

    Recommends
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    Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hennepin County

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and mobile working

    Cons

    no bonus or incentive options

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    Only good for part time job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hennepin County part-time

    Pros

    Good location, nice people, flexible work time.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity and terrible management.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Good place to work, some room for moving up, but the process is slow.

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    Former Employee - Assistant County Attorney in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant County Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Hennepin County full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The comp time policy is nice. Provides flexibility throughout a pay period.

    Cons

    Terrible offices. Compensation often lags behind where it should be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Hennepin County employment is still the good old boy system except it includes women.

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Hennepin County full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about working for Hennepin County are the flexible hours and the generous benefits. It has opportunities for growth, but most opportunities are reserved for "favorites" and those who know important people. The office environment can be really great, depending on the person in charge of your group. Lots of things available including education reimbursement, social activities and discounts.

    Cons

    The challenges of government employment is that there is little incentive to do well. Once a position has been attained, there is no reward for doing well and no punishment for doing poorly. There is a lot of push back from lifetime employees to any changes or modernization. The main goal seems to be to stay employed. They plan and have meetings and develop strategies and do not seem to get to the implementation level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not allow upper management to pull others with them as they climb the ladder. Too many friends of important people are being promoted without appropriate skills or qualifications. So much of the environment and opportunities are dependent not only on the department you work in, but the supervisor you work for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Large, slow-moving organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hennepin County

    Pros

    Benefits, office culture, understanding management, work/life balance

    Cons

    Slow-moving, compensation, personal growth, training, underwhelming management, difference in pay for women

    Recommends
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    It has been fairly easy going with lots of outside time.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician Aide
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician Aide

    I have been working at Hennepin County as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's nice to be able to work outside. There is usually overtime opportunities. Most of the supervisors are nice and will teach you something new everyday.

    Cons

    Usually have to work as long as the contractors are working which can be over 15 hours per day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The project engineers and designers should listen and trust their technicians. They are the ones who are onsite everyday and know what's going on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Review for this employer

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    Current Employee - Probation Officer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Probation Officer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Hennepin County full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a vast array of employment opportunities within Hennepin County. Once you are employed with the County, you have various opportunities to move within departments if you are qualified and express interest.

    Cons

    It is a large County and thus, every job you are applying for will likely have many applicants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to ask for a accept advise from your line staff.

    Recommends
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    Excellent employee environment while doing meaningful work

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    Current Employee - Principal Planning Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Principal Planning Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Hennepin County full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment--you set your own schedule and have independent decision making ability. About half the positions are internal promotions so great opportunity to grow. Opportunities to learn new skills. Great colleagues. Top management is creative and innovative

    Cons

    It's a government agency so change is hard. Middle management is not as good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A subject matter expert is not necessarily a good supervisor

    Recommends
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    Interesting, diverse culture and work environment.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Hennepin County as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Location, benefits and perks are great. Pay is average for government work. Leadership tends to be seasoned employees looking to retire so moving up is a given if you have the qualifications.

    Cons

    Silo'd work, seasoned employees work at their own pace and don't like newcombers coming in and changing status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage new ideas and insights from new employees. Encourage seasoned workers to break out of their comfort zone and learn new and exciting processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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