Oregon Employment Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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  1. business and employment specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oregon Employment full-time

    Pros

    Ability to help people find work

    Cons

    To many changes and inconsistent

    Advice to Management

    Always respect your employees and trust in them to be able to do the work they are there to do.


  2. Not for Everyone

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    Current Employee - Business and Employment Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Business and Employment Specialist in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Oregon Employment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. A permanent employee is almost never fired, no matter how incompetent. Opportunities to join other agencies, shared employee pool. Union represented. Some opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Pay is behind the times, some employees qualify for public assistance. Technology is prehistoric. Age diversity is a problem - overall state workers are older, peer groups for 20 and 30 something's is non-existent. Time in grade/seniority are heavily weighted in hiring decisions. Rampant cronyism. Employees get to be the public face of whatever scandal the higher-ups have gotten themselves into: Cover Oregon, Data Breaches, Governor's Ethnics Violations/Resignation, misappropriation of funds etc. During contract negotiation time (currently every 2 years) - open enmity between represented and non-represented. Education and private sector experience is a wild card - could actually hold you back. Office drama varies by location.

    Advice to Management

    Move up or move out, the middle management is bloated. Lots of zombie bosses waiting for retirement. Too much dependence on a couple of "star" employees, absolutely no discipline of lazy employees. Lots of young people come to the agency then move on quickly - you are not a desirable employer and people stay for security.


  3. Amazing opportunity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business & Employment Specialist in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Business & Employment Specialist in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oregon Employment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I make a real difference in people's lives every day. Amazing co-workers, management and opportunities. Trainings available so you can continuously be updating yourself.

    Cons

    Working with the general public means you are sometimes working with people who don't want your services. I find myself pushing some people and trying to get them motivated.

    Advice to Management

    I work for a company where politics are at a minimum and if you're doing your job they are supportive.


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  5. Boring, inefficient use of staff time

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    Former Employee - HRM in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - HRM in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oregon Employment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy, mindless work. Supervisors always "in a meeting"

    Cons

    Supervisors not qualified to be people managers; need to hire leaders, train them, offer employees more opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    Top individual contributors do not always make the best people managers


  6. Overall this is a great state agency for which to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oregon Employment full-time

    Pros

    The people who work here are very committee to the agency's mission and really seem to enjoy ghost jobs. There is very little turnover in most positions.

    Cons

    There have been a lot of change at the top level positions the last two years.


  7. The Employment Department gives people a chance to help others in life transitions

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    Current Employee - Manager in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Salem, OR
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Oregon Employment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great staff, good benefits, opportunities to work with the public.

    Cons

    Same challenges as working in public service. Salaries can sometimes not be competitive. Lowering revenues mean shrinking job opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to ask good questions of business and job seeker customers and utilize the talents of your staff.


  8. Great employees, difficult bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business and Employment Specialist in Bend, OR
    Former Employee - Business and Employment Specialist in Bend, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oregon Employment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun people to work with and a rewarding experience to help people find work.

    Cons

    Difficult to maneuver bureaucracy. Status quo work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit and use feedback from employees at all levels of the organization.


  9. Great research location and coworkers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oregon Employment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great research environment, good management, relatively drama- and stress-free environment. Best culture I've worked in. Good coworkers--intelligent and professional.

    Cons

    Medium salary, wish the building was in Portland

    Advice to Management

    Not much, I was very happy there and still reflect on how I miss the culture


  10. Good employer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business and Employment Specialist in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Business and Employment Specialist in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oregon Employment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great managers, fun work

    Cons

    Low salary, not enough opportunity for advancement, a little political (but not bad for government)

    Advice to Management

    Nothing in particular, anything to increase promotional opportunities would be good.


  11. I would work here again if given a chance

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    Current Employee - Business and Employment Specialist in Medford, OR
    Current Employee - Business and Employment Specialist in Medford, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oregon Employment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Both the clients and staff I have worked with are great.

    Cons

    Typical government agency, change comes slow. Sometimes communication doesn't come down to the level it needs to.

    Advice to Management

    Reward innovation and risk-taking.



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