State of Maryland Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  • Although job security is a by-gone aspect of employment, state service is pretty secure after you've fulfilled the probationary period (in 4 reviews)

  • Benefits and Retirement plans are good (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • My particular position was "contractual which is the State's way of avoiding having to provide any benefits or paid time off (in 2 reviews)

  • Physical environment, service reduction days, furloughs etc (in 2 reviews)

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  1. It was great while I was there...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at State of Maryland full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Autonomy. A phenomenal manager. Great co-workers, some who have become true friends. An opportunity to LEARN.

    Cons

    The possibility of your job going away because the government contract that pays you is not re-funded. :-{

    Advice to Management

    Female management needs to work better together. There always seemed to be an undercurrent of negativity emanating from many of the female managers towards others who should be supporting each other instead. As I always say, "Don't hate, congratulate!"


  2. Regional Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at State of Maryland full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Engagement with senior decision makers across various industries and sectors; attractive and convenient workplace location; new projects and constructive challenges on weekly--if not daily--basis; opportunity to travel widely twice per year; flexibility to craft and execute new initiatives

    Cons

    Few cons other than minimal opportunity for pay increases and upward mobility, plus non-optimal salary; Potentially subject to major shifts and instability every four year

    Advice to Management

    Mid-level management is very strong, supportive and competent, and the advice is to continue doing good work; upper-level management is encouraged to more fully staff the unit and clarify direction shortly


  3. construction manager

    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at State of Maryland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Public service job can be rewarding beyond a pay check

    Cons

    I do not have a comment


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  5. HR Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at State of Maryland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for the State of Maryland provides a small but stable income. The benefits are great and it is one of the few agencies that still offer a pension.

    Cons

    The salary makes it almost impossible to live on just one income. It is great for a two income household where you are not the sole provider.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any advice to management. The State of Maryland provides advancement opportunities to people of all ethnic backgrounds and education levels. I think this is another great reason to work for the State of Maryland.


  6. Purposeful work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Upward mobility, coworkers, families, making a difference

    Cons

    Bureaucy, work life balance, endless paperwork


  7. Jobless

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    Former Employee - Case Worker in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Case Worker in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at State of Maryland (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable employment if you like your job

    Cons

    Hard to return once you leave

    Advice to Management

    Value loyal employees


  8. Job Service Specialist Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at State of Maryland full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    DLLR has the greatest atmosphere for collaborative working. Been here a year and still loving it. Best points, job security, benefits, people. Allows you to just do your job well and not worry about the BS found in private industry.

    Cons

    Obviously salary is alright if it fits in your budget but raises, bonus are not available at this time. Doesn't matter if you understand the economic climate all industries are under.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change a thing!


  9. Working for the State is Okay

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Agency Grants Specialist II in Catonsville, MD
    Current Employee - Agency Grants Specialist II in Catonsville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at State of Maryland full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, penison plan, job security

    Cons

    Pay too low for the amount of work I do. I do three people's jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of dead weight!


  10. Great place to work if you take away the dead weight

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Claims Examiner DLLR in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Claims Examiner DLLR in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance, understanding management in some departments Most co workers are great

    Cons

    Okay pay but not great Contractual employees The State is cheap Have to conserve office supplies Promotion ofManagers are based on who they know and not their hard work I have worked for DLLR for 2 years certain offices are great and others need plenty of work. They bring you in as a contractual employee with hourly wage, no benefits and no union contract which means they can treat you anyway they want and you either have to listen and bow down or possibly face not having your contract renewed at the end of the year. Some of the supervisors don't know how to talk to you and sometimes you feel like you're in high school vs in a professional setting . most of the employees are permanent, union and older so they know they always have job until retirement. Being contractual is not easy as you don't get paid vacation, sick time administrative leave etc. So pretty much if you work you get paid if you don't work then your check is small. Also know that if you are contractual you could be waiting as long as 3 years before they make you permanent but its all based on your office they make that decision.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving promotions to people who lack the educational background and who don't know how to talk to people.


  11. Great "foot in the door" opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Care Program Associate, Lead in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Medical Care Program Associate, Lead in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at State of Maryland (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employment is stable with decent leave and health benefits. The wages are decent, though not very competitive. Many opportunities to help the community.

    Cons

    Budget cuts prevents room for advancement and wage increases, the use of "grandfathering" (whose been there the longest) promotions versus promoting best qualified candidate, most departments can be "cliqueish" (to include managers).

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your best and most qualified employees



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