Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

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Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent place to work if you are just interested in a job.

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    Former Employee - Human Services Specialist in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Human Services Specialist in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security and benefits. There are opportunities to apply for other positions and for advancement.

    Cons

    Few raises. There have been major changes in this organization due to political influences. The new business process is not customer friendly and seems to discourage people who need help from applying. If you truly care about helping people they discourage "hand holding" client's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the new BPR process. This is a social service agency and should not be treated as a business, The heart of the agency is gone. All of these changes have hurt many needy families and encourage workers to disrespect the population it serves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great, supportive coworkers, ever-changing and never-improving management

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    Former Employee - Human Service Specialist in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Human Service Specialist in Topeka, KS

    I worked at Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked with some great people and made great career connections. Good employee benefits.

    Cons

    No chance of ever making an impact on major processes or upper management. Very political atmosphere. Terrible organization of workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the peons every once in a while

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Used to be ok but then elections

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Director in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - IT Director in Topeka, KS

    I worked at Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a state job, somewhat secure, if you stay below political radar. Work hard and you will likely get rewarded somewhat, eventually.

    Cons

    no chance to move unless connected, communication to the line staff is minimal and often lacking. The general direction seems to change too often and long range goals are not shared

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the employees, look at big picture more often not short term thinking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    SRS was a good place to work with several different types of technology that allowed professional growth and experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS

    I worked at Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

    Pros

    Wide range of technology for experience in several different areas.
    Latititude for self driven projects.
    Fair treatment of workers and the balance between life and work.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from management on some projects when needed.
    Lack of experience/technical knowledge from direct supervisor.
    Below average pay for technical expertise needed resulted in below average technical knowledge from co-workers.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Be prepared to work with highly unreasonable, and profoundly unethical case loads.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

    Pros

    Medical benefits, the ability to meet, and make positive connections with honest, hard working associates.

    Cons

    Poor work environment, unreasonable expectations, supervisors without basic college degrees, who have no knowledge/understanding of an organization's success is accomplished by improving the performance and well-being of its people. Management that lacks the ability to research and identify how behaviors and attitudes can be improved through hiring practices, training programs, and feedback systems, and most importantly possesses the knowledge to help team members during the organizational transitioning. SRS seems to of late experience many periods of negative change, that lends to developmental struggles. There is a general lack of understanding of the basic concepts related to organizational behavior and human capital, by upper & lower management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Robert Siedlecki, focuses on the effectiveness of leaderships, motivation, attitudes, and skill, by polling the teams managed by these "team leaders". It's not about the "numbers", it's about the human capital that drives a positive outcome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible Place to Work!

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    Former Employee - Human Services Assistant in Hutchinson, KS
    Former Employee - Human Services Assistant in Hutchinson, KS

    I worked at Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

    Pros

    The best part about working at SRS is that they have good benefits and you do not have to clock in and out.

    Cons

    Working at the Hutchinson SRS is like dealing with high school all over again. You have constant gossip, jealous women, bullies who expect you to do their job for them and the people who won’t do anything about it. The benefits and the pay are not worth the stress that you will deal with if you work here. It’s sad because it’s the people there that made me and many other good employees that were good at their jobs quit.
    The main problem is that there are too many rats in the office. I’m not talking about actual rodents, I’m talking about employees who infest and make your life miserable just like the rodent rat . These office rats make up stories about other employees who they’re jealous of because they do a better job than them . These rats tattle to HR and try to get the person pushed out of there for reasons like “wearing a sweatshirt, or wearing flip flops”. Things that have nothing to do with the work that you do. Eventually, the rats will start gossip about you. HR loves these office rats because the more tattles that they get, the more secure their job is. You don’t have time to do your job anymore because you’re constantly getting called into the HR office for things that you never did. You simply don’t have time for clients anymore so, you quit.
    Money and numbers are another problem. If there’s too much money being spent somewhere, the client is the one who pays. Paperwork ends up missing, information is changed and people are denied benefits. This isn’t the workers changing things, this is management. If they don’t have the numbers, the Regional Director loses out on her yearly bonus which causes her to start demoting Supervisors. Kansas is in deep debt so how can they afford to have people like the South Central Regional Director around? She talks a good talk but, in reality she doesn’t care about anyone but herself. This region is so micro managed by her that the Supervisors cannot make any decisions without first asking permission from their Supervisor who must then ask permission from their Supervisor who must then ask her. No wonder why it takes so long to get anything done at that place!
    If you work there you will never get promoted or get a raise because you must get exceptional on your evaluation. The Regional Director has instructed Supervisors not to give exceptional s so, no raises can ever be given.
    So, before you think about applying for a job at the Hutchinson SRS ask yourself if it’s worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise management to actually investigate circumstances and not just rely on what your 'friends" in the office say. Stop micro managing and start listening to your employees. Start caring more about them and the clients instead of what looks good on paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Flexible
    Supportive supervision
    Good people
    Good Employee Assistance Program
    Good working environment

    Cons

    No raises. Little advancement opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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