Indiana State Department of Health

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Indiana State Department of Health Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Are we regulators or rubber stamps?

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    Former Employee - Health Care Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Health Care Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Indiana State Department of Health full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good retirement package, good paid leave package, adequate health insurance.

    Cons

    The agency attempts to regulate institutions which are some of the most powerful in the state, while receiving minimal backing from political managers. No raises, minimal opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide if you are actually a regulator or a rubber stamp for the hospital and long-term (nursing home) industry. Do you care more about the health and safety of the public or the health and safety of the institutions' profit and loss statements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    negative

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    Current Employee - State Health Department in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - State Health Department in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Indiana State Department of Health full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    nice benefits package, health insurance paid, many paid state holidays and a deferred compensation plan.

    Cons

    low pay, no raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you are an institution which serves the public, but the institution serves itself and then those which serve it best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great First Job Experience

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    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Indiana State Department of Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to build your skill set. Not too demanding for tasks and lots of resources

    Cons

    Typical political appointed positions can make dealing with management difficult at times. Must be able to adapt to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to do continuous education so that you can stay ahead of people you supervise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    IT/OTC Area

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Indiana State Department of Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of holidays. Wear jeans on Fridays. Never lose sick or vacation time.

    Cons

    Unethical leadership. Low pay with few raises. Good employees leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace all managers in OTC. Let current employees learn new skills to get better jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Confusing, disorganized, frustrating job

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    Current Employee - Public Health Nurse Surveyor
    Current Employee - Public Health Nurse Surveyor

    I have been working at Indiana State Department of Health full-time

    Pros

    Good health insurance. No issue with time off approvals. Lots of holidays. Resume builder.

    Cons

    Acute Care Division lacks an actual training department, program, forcing seasoned surveyors to have to train new hires. Micro manager. Absolutely NO opportunities for advancement. Little pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A good manager steps in when your team is lacking. 3 people quit in 2013, and the manager didn't roll up their sleeves to help out with meeting deadlines, which made the workload / deadlines quadruple for most of us. A manager with Acute Care field experience would be great for this job. However, the Acute Care Division hired someone from the Long Term Care Division, which has created tension and confusion ever since.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    learning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Indiana State Department of Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    have the ability to learn many functions in HR

    Cons

    Only looking for young workers looking for the next generation and not looking at their current employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at your current staff

    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you never want to hear anything positive about yourself or your work, then the Acute Care division is for you!

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    Former Employee - Public Health Nurse Surveyor in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Public Health Nurse Surveyor in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Indiana State Department of Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved my co-workers and loved traveling around the state to different facilities.

    Cons

    Rarely allowed to work overtime then got yelled at when work late. Did a lot of work at home & never got paid for it. So busy I never put in my travel expenses for the last year I worked there. Rarely took lunch break.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try being a little flexible. I asked if I happened to get to work 15 minutes early because of less traffic, could I leave 15 minutes early at the end of the day? Answer: only if you request ahead of time. Constructive criticism is great, but remember to give positive feedback also. I never heard anything positive from my supervisor in 4 and 1/2 years working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good opportunity for someone new in their field

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Indiana State Department of Health

    Pros

    ISDH is a good starting point for one's career.

    Cons

    Not a place to be for the long haul; once of a certain age retirement talks begin and ultimately the layoff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more, they perform a great service to Indiana residents and they deserve to be treated as such

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good job if you don't mind low pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Indiana State Department of Health

    Pros

    work from home, flexibility, no weekends or holidays

    Cons

    low pay, micromanagement with current supervisor, no room for advancement, no reward for hardwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those employees who work hard and recognize them for a job well done

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Indiana State Department of Health

    Pros

    Employment is stable with the state

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smaller level employees are important

    Approves of CEO

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