State of Iowa Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. It is lovely

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    Current Employee - Court Reporter
    Current Employee - Court Reporter

    I have been working at State of Iowa full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are real nice

    Cons

    I have no cons to share

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Great benefits, low pay, hostile environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Iowa

    Pros

    benefits are good (although current administration is working to change that)

    Cons

    pay is below (roughly half) the same jobs in the private sector; jobs subject to the whims of politicians; tendency to promote based on politics, rather than qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek input from employees, and actually implement what they have to say. Also seek partnerships with employees, instead of a labor/management adversarial relationship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. Rather typical government entity with pockets of innovation

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    Current Employee - Investment Officer in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Investment Officer in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at State of Iowa

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, most departments embrace new ideas readily, average compensation, good benefits, great colleagues, great retirement plans

    Cons

    minimal perks, sometime the typical government bureaucracy stifles innovation, longer lead times to implement some simple ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none so fat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Correctional officer

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Anamosa, IA
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Anamosa, IA

    I worked at State of Iowa full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary for beginning career

    Cons

    Long days and often no days offs for many weeks on end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to bend and allow time off to employees when they need it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6. 3 years Project Management Consultant in IT Division.

    Former Employee - Project Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Great place for a Project Manager. There were several projects from different departments assigned to each Project Manager. Interesting projects, wide variety, keep busy with great project customers. I was a consultant working for a consulting company on assignment at the State Of Iowa.

    Cons

    The Manager of my department and the CIO have changed since I worked their 5 years ago. It may be different today.

  7. DAS has way too much control

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    Current Employee - ITSWII in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - ITSWII in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at State of Iowa full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good retirement, good healthcare.

    Cons

    They tend to not promote from within. It is cheaper to hire someone new for the promotions. Sexism and ageism is prevalent. DAS tends to under classify jobs. They have way too much control. Even if the Department is for a job re-classification, it can get shot down by DAS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Males once they hit 40, can't seem to stay away from young interns or new hires in their 20's to early 30's. Guys... get a clue 40's are old to those girls. Chances are you are married, so don't play with fire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great! Always busy and learning new things!

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    Current Employee - Worker-Technology in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Worker-Technology in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at State of Iowa full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    People! Partnership attitudes. Ability to work across business lines,

    Cons

    Government silos and some turf battles, but better. Culture is union-based and tends not to listen to management as much as needed at times. Legislature sometimes is more political than practical on funding and programs for citizens - generally don' follow the requirements of operating services too closely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example and work with your peers first! That sets the eample for the rest of us to better work together.
    Drop the "budget" and "headcount" as indicators of your success. Those are meaningless, what matters is what we provide to the citizens.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Great chance to get to know and serve your community

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    Current Employee - Judicial Clerk
    Current Employee - Judicial Clerk

    I have been working at State of Iowa full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great schedule (8-4:30, hour lunch), great benefits (free), union, good team, interesting clientèle.

    Cons

    Pay for parking, no vision insurance (only discount program), working with some of the clientèle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. The experience I got from the state I know i will take with me to future positions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Iowa

    Pros

    The employees are outstanding. I feel as if I can do my job very easily

    Cons

    There's always something new to learn, but find That good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advise to share at tha time

  11. Technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Iowa full-time

    Pros

    Great people and wide variety of work

    Cons

    No telecomuting is allowed policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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