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State of Colorado Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
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  1.  

    Great experience with a fantastic staff

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    Former Employee - Administrative Intern in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Intern in Denver, CO

    I worked at State of Colorado as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Had a great experience with the Lt. Governor's staff. The staff was welcoming to a newcomer to government affairs, and I learned a great deal of how internal government works with collaboration between various offices.

    Cons

    At times it was challenging to be able to perform tasks in my job description, while balancing day to day tasks that change rapidly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key, especially in a government position and I feel that the Governor's office did a superb job of this at the State of Colorado.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Not sure if it is a good fit

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Colorado

    Pros

    Lots of movement if you have the qualifications for the different jobs.

    Cons

    Very different from the private sector.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Nice place to hang out during a recession

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Colorado full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Regular hours
    2. OK benefits

    Cons

    1. You can't just do your job. There are politics involved.
    2. Revolving door for senior management. Lack of corporate direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. If you have the years, retire. Make room for new blood.
    2. Think about the taxpayer, not your immediate career benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    tremendous experience, both for me professionally and for my resume

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    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    While working at the Office of Information Technology, I was impressed by the incredible breadth of exposure to the State's many agencies, their unique software applications and citizen-driven agendas. The number and types of applications was stunning (not in a good way), but it provided an exciting challenge and I learned more in my two years at OIT than I had in the previous five.

    Cons

    This was my first public sector job, but I did a lot of research and was mostly prepared for the things that many complain about (i.e., bureaucracy, lower pay, complacency among some employees, etc.). I think the one thing that I wasn't completely prepared for was the length and rigidity of the budgeting process. It's a minimum of 18 months - and it often took several years - to get anything of substance through the legislature and into an operating budget. As a technology pro trying to move the needle on newer technologies, it was frustrating to deal with such a lengthy budgeting cycle. If I were a "lifer" it might have been tolerable, but I wasn't planning to finish my career there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was only there for two years, a blink of an eye in public sector terms, so I don't have the answers. But I think the State of Colorado and OIT in particular need to figure out how to be more nimble. The technology landscape evolves more quickly than OIT is able to evolve, and that inhibits OIT from attracting and retaining the best technology professionals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Excellent work environment

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    Current Employee - District Court Magistrate in Greeley, CO
    Current Employee - District Court Magistrate in Greeley, CO

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

    Pros

    The employees are treated with a great deal of respect. Significant autonomy is permitted.

    Cons

    This is very personal, but I prefer a different location. A more cosmopolitan city for my liking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue transparency & excellent communication with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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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    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
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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

  11.  

    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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