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State of Colorado Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    It's a rewarding career that allows one to make a difference for the citizens of Colorado.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Denver, CO

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employees pay into the PERA retirement program instead of Social Security. It's a stable job. The State provides good benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance and quality of life programs.

    Cons

    Since the workforce tends to be static and employees remain in their positions for long periods of time, promotional opportunites can be harder to get unless you're willing, (and have the opportunity) to transfer to different positions. Even then, most of the time when people transfer, it can mean having a longer driving commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the workforce has become more progressive, I believe managment should become more progressive too. Most of the younger work force focus on quality of life programs rather than salaries. The younger workforce seems to value flex schedules and alternate work places, such as working from home. I realize that not all employees can not successfully use these programs, but it would be nice if leadership could reward those individuals who are responsible with this option.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and work environment.

    Cons

    Raises didn't match increased in cost of living.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Good Opportunity for Growth

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Denver, CO

    I have been working at State of Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Experience - good and bad - in state government is very dependent on the agency, leadership, and middle management.

    Great opportunities for growth and networking, especially in health-related agencies

    Cons

    Depending in agency and position, challenges are: Bureaucracy, limited resources, limited mobility (depending on starting point).

    Pros outweigh the cons!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Stable and uninspiring career path

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Denver, CO

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nearly impossible to get fired after a year with the organization, stable career; ability to float along without doing much actual work.

    Cons

    Disorganization, silos of information and related duplication of effort, infighting. Low total compensation relative to comparable positions in private industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your employees are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Colorado

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    i have no cons at this time

  7.  

    Run for your life!

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Consistent hours, many opportunities to transfer within the State system/ Departments

    Cons

    Low pay, Horrible co-workers- mainly the uneducated masses of classified employees who have determined how to play the state system and remain employed just to get a pay check!
    Constant changes in Leadership! the constant struggle to stretch the budget due to the lack of public funds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the pay and eliminate the masses of classified employees clogging the system!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    I did my time...

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The good thing about working for the State of Colorado in IT is that you'll be able to support large networks with a lot of different equipment, applications and users. There are also many different disciplines within the State of Colorado, so if you get stagnant in one position, through a little bit of networking with co-workers, you can easily move around to keep yourself interested.

    Cons

    Extraordinarily tight budgets don't permit a lot of modern IT infrastructure to exist, so be prepared to know legacy infrastructure. Management doesn't permit a lot of innovation to exist and the way to be promoted is to play the politics and not necessarily be a high performer. Salary and benefits are mediocre, but I would not want to be vested in the PERA retirement system at all. Pay increases are extraordinarily small and the only way to secure a substantial increase is to be promoted, find another position within the State or leave altogether.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value training of your employees and increase those training budgets by orders of magnitude. Don't be afraid to send your people out of state for training. Consider a backed pay-for-performance program that rewards your high performers so that you can retain good talent. Your people are leaving in numbers and high turnover should be a message. Modernize your IT infrastructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Enjoyable/growth opportunities then director retired. New director micromanages, employing parental supervisory style.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Denver, CO

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, reasonable schedule, decent benefits including retirement & long-term disability. Supportive of personal development in job-related areas; seminars, webinars, conferences, etc.

    Cons

    Budget is controlled by state legislature. Individuals can be petty tyrants, fostering a hostile work environment, blatantly "playing favorites"; & they just put in their time. Salary freezes for years are common depending on state revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extend some trust to your supervisees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management needs to be trained before filling those positions, and all managers should treat employees the same.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Denver, CO

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of great people work there, supposedly great job security, and all of the crazy holidays that schools get off, we got off, as well. We were also offered a flex schedule where we worked 9 hour days and got every other Monday or Friday off, which was very nice.

    Cons

    Each unit manager was allowed to treat their employees differently than others, so while some employees got to set their hours, watch movies at their desks, work overtime, and got promoted for it, I was not allowed to work overtime, was forced into a specific schedule, taken off of flex time, and berated for trying to make up hours that I may have missed due to doctor's appointments. We, as public servants, did not receive raises for five years because we were the first to feel the pinch of the economic downturn, and the last to reap the benefits when it started looking up. Though I was told repeatedly that I would be able to move up quickly within the Department, I was not given the opportunity after I had to take time off due to cancer surgeries. Those days off were held against me by my manager, and I was, essentially punished for being sick. The compensation was low, the cost of benefits (health insurance) was very high, and didn't cover much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to your employees, and treat them with respect and dignity. Before promoting someone to a management position, make sure that they take some training on how to do that job. If you can't offer improvements to compensation, at least help the employees to feel appreciated in other ways. When an employee complains about how they feel they're being treated, listen to them as well as who they're complaining about, because I was lied about by numerous people to cover for my supervisor, though those same people agreed with me about his treatment of me (and others sometimes), and advised me to go to HR about it; but when asked directly about it, they lied.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Tax Examiner of Department of Revenue

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    Current Employee - Tax Examiner in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Tax Examiner in Denver, CO

    I have been working at State of Colorado full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a great job for learning anything to do about taxes, whether it be about Corp, Partnerships, Wage Withholding, Sales, Individual, I have learned so much about the statutes, how Fed and State returns are linked together.

    Cons

    Have only received one raise in 5 years due to State budget.
    Not alot of room for growth. Retirement is PERA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more pats on the back, need more raises, incentives.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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