Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

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Ohio Public Employees Retirement System Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
Updated May 28, 2014
6 Reviews

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    Worked directly with Ohio PERS CIO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    If you like a structured environment, and there are many folks that do, Ohio PERS provides that. Structure often provides greater clarity in terms of roles and responsibilities. It can also have a silo-ing effect.

    Cons

    Sometimes too much structure brings with it too much bureaucracy/red tape. This is a frequent condition that many government (in this case state government) agencies must look out for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to eliminate low value processes / process. Leverage Lean process improvement. You'd be surprised where you can find waste / slowness and improve upon it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Inept politicized environment.

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    Former Employee - Investment Officer  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Investment Officer in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work pace. Everybody below the senior management is nice.

    Cons

    Unethical senior management, inept board. HR office falsifies data to support managers who wish to fire people. Revolving door while I was there in our area and they will systemically make false accusations - and consistently lose - to attempt to deny unemployment benefits. Senior management simply looking out for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Without political reform that restructures the board and demands accountability I do not see upside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Worst place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I apologize, but I can not come up with any pros. This establishment was the contributor to severe depression and several medical issues, for me.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and lack of fair treatment. Management were instructed to micro-manage their departments. Needless to say, morale took a dramatic drop. Gender reverse discrimination occurred on a daily basis. Poor job descriptions and unclear expectations from management. The upper management does not accept valid business opinions which would benefit the organization. They, instead, terminate individuals who offer this to the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This advice is not necessarily for upper management. This advice is the organization's board ... terminate all upper management and hire individuals who know how to manage a business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    My experience and time at this company was outstanding for the most part.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

    Pros

    The benefits package is outstanding, the best I've ever seen.

    Dealing with employees and managers outside of my work department was fantastic.

    Cons

    Workplace bullying and management styles needs to be addressed with higher up management.

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    Organization in need of change

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    Current Employee - Investments  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Investments in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

    Pros

    OPERS has some outstanding individuals in both investments and supporting roles.
    Can be a great experience if you are working in the right group with the right managers, as the firm has a large asset base.
    Some teams give team members more responsibilities.

    Cons

    Some groups have excessively high turnover.
    Individuals are afraid to speak up or make recommendations for changes under fear of reprisal of the risk that the might be terminated.
    Poor performing managers are protected by senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the potential of junior and senior team members by promoting them and giving them more responsibility. Move poorly performing manager to roles where they can be more productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    an employer with potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

    Pros

    ohio has been hit hard by the recession and it feels very good to know that the work that opers does is extremely beneficial to ohioans

    Cons

    opers is a large bureaucracy and that makes it difficult to focus on investment performance alone; management instability may be the cause

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat the investment staff well; pay a competitive wage; provide the resources that the staff needs to function; allow the staff to make their decisions based on the investment merits

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