Minnesota Department of Human Services

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Minnesota Department of Human Services Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    A great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    DHS is very supportive of maintaining a good work-life balance.
    Shuttle between buildings makes it easy to get to meetings.
    My supervisor empowers me with a lot of tasks.
    Very good benefits.

    Cons

    Some of the higher level supervisors are lazy and burnt out.
    Low pay.
    Limited parking nearby.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold leadership accountable for turnover.

  2.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are really good.

    Cons

    The pay is a little less than private sector. As a government agency, you have to jump through hoops and get approvals to make changes.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Mn Dept of Human Sacrifices

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Contract Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits with regular hours. Clean dry and warm.

    Cons

    The Commissioner and lots of management changes with every new governor. They all think they are reinventing things. Although there's a state law against nepotism there are always deals cut, people are given jobs because the commissioner owes them and then they sit and do nothing for years and years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a system doesn't get implemented, go ask the worker bees where it failed. Don't ask the managers because they don't see that it is them. Managers won't take risks, put it all on third party vendors and won't make decisions themselves. Everyone continues to get paid the same whether they produce or not. A poor system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very rewarding! The supervisor's need Serious Help!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Service Technician
    Current Employee - Human Service Technician

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Making a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    The stress of the clients actions. Person centeredness is getting to be Rediculous! Can't discipline or barely hold them accountable. That's one reason so many people are in prison!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your supervisors better, to be more consistent and fair. And Do Not allow them to be investigators after taking 1 class! It requires WAY more knowledge than that!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Management lacking

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technologist in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Information Technologist in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are reasonable. Some flexibility depending on supervisor. Line staff is knowledgeable and hard working. Very difficult to lose job.

    Cons

    Management lacks clear direction. No leadership in middle management. No opportunity for advancement. Lack of willingness to confront clear issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders cannot be made; they are born. Promote from within. Promote based on merit, not personal relationships and gender/race. Take a hard look at middle management. There are issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Huge bureaucracy with little chance for advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - State Program Administrator Principal in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - State Program Administrator Principal in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Telework opportunities for some days.

    Cons

    When I first started working here, I wanted to be a team player. Little did I know, my efforts to work hard were rewarded with basically nothing! If you are the type of person who works hard and likes innovation, this is not the place for you. DHS doesn’t like innovation of any kind. There are several non-IT people working in the IT department who are essentially worthless. If a computer program has stopped working properly and you are unable to do your job, you will have to submit a “ticket” to the IT department and they will basically sit on it because there are not enough actual IT people with the skills and capabilities to fix your computer. This is the type of work environment where people do the minimum amount of work to get by and nobody is held accountable. If you are looking to just collect a paycheck and do nothing- this place is for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the management and focus on what actually needs to get done at the department.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Worked here over 10 years and it only gets worse

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working for a cause that serves the people; good vacation/sick time after you've been here over 10 years

    Cons

    Management is incompetent. They are completely politically driven and this causes a lot of work to be on hold or never get done. Legislative mandates are passes with no funding to implement. Workers are getting more and more work with no chance of promotion. They reward lazy workers and there's no room for advancement for the hard workers. Managers only care about those at a level of management on up. No concern for the general worker. People that have been here for years are staying as they believe in the work we do. People that have not been here for years are leaving left and right as they see the work they do is highly politically frustrating and no recognized nor appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hirinig senior management. This is the most top heavy I've ever seen the Department which has led to a less productive environment with all the politics. Look at staff advancement opportunties and start competing with the private market. Consider giving raises to hard working employees rather than going thru the reallocation process as the reallocation process does not work and more frequently denied to the general worker by HR than approved.

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

    Very incompetent people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Behavior Modification Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Behavior Modification Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Making a client's life easier which is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Very poor management.
    No consistency.
    Incompetent managers, supervisors and Dept. of Human Services staff.
    Lazy employees.
    Staff leaving work right on the minute and not a minute more.
    Poor managing and follow up on group homes.
    People who ge hired who have no compassion for clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow up on policies and be more Consistent.
    Don't hire people who are uncaring and don't want to lift a finger anymore than they have to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Too political and unfair to the hard workers.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Service Technician in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Human Service Technician in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and helping the less fortunate.

    Cons

    1. Management lies and covers up important issues relating to clients.
    2. They neglect clients/patients issues.
    3. Management protects themselves and screws with employees lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start being honest with stopping the harassment against good employees. Just because an employee is doing their job the "legal & by policy", don't condemn them because it will make the department look bad, which it already is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Unfair treatment to the hard workers and good treatment to the people who commit fraud and call in sick repeatedly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Service Technician in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Human Service Technician in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Helping disabled adults strive for the best they can be. It's a great and satisfying feeling.

    Cons

    Like I said above, the unfair treatment to all the great workers. And if you have a parent who works there and is a manager, they have a hard time getting rid of those slugs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your employees and answer your phone!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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