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    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Portland, OR

    I worked at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality full-time for more than a year


    DEQ is moving towards outcomes based management in a substantive, sincere way. It was great to work for an agency looking to be truly honest about what the organization does well, where it can improve and what resources it actually has to meet its mission. It was refreshing to work for an organization where the leadership put effort into understanding how my job contributed to the mission of the agency, developing clear performance measures based on that understanding and actually assessed my performance according to those measures.

    When I was there, DEQ also took professional development seriously and supported my efforts to obtain external training.


    As a state agency, employment for some people is at the whim of the state legislature; and due to the structure of state employment, there is no real way to negotiate raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to your workforce and taking action based on what you hear! Keep up the good work.


    OK if you want a state job or Web experience, but beware of what to expect

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    Current Employee - Web Communications Coordinator  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Web Communications Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality


    Good learning ground opportunity. Management supports training and skills development. Very independent position with no micro management from manager.


    Agency is extremely underfunded with its infrastructure and skilled labor. The Web Coordinator leads a team of web publishers with no background in communications. Government and union culture adds to the challenge, as some team members are turf-oriented. Very difficult to gain momentum on website improvements due to there being no structured team support. Team members function at varying skills and levels of professionalism. This job is suited to someone wanting to gain Web experience for a few years (as I did) or someone willing to be satisfied with a complacent state job where you are tasked with pushing strategies and initiatives with very little team support. Management is supportive of professional efforts, at least. If you have a lot of patience and would be happy with a state job, this could be okay for you. If you are ambitious and like to accomplish things, you are going to become frustrated and worn down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build in some team structure and support for the Web Coordinator to be successful. Have the Web team members report in art to the Web Coordinator, or at least require input into the Web Representatives' performance reviews. This is an emotionally challenging, exhausting and often frustrating position.

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