State of Minnesota

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State of Minnesota Reviews

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
57 Reviews

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Pros
  • Great benefits, work-life balance are the pros for working for the State of Minnesota (in 5 reviews)

  • schedule flexibility, good benefits, good location (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of technology, resistance to change, no clear career path, difficulty attracting young and talented workers (in 2 reviews)

  • pay is frozen (for now), and there are hoards of people ready to jump ship, but just waiting for the job market to improve to be able to leave (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Supervisor  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Systems Supervisor in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    Opportunities abound for those willing to take a chance on changes in role / responsibilities. Great work / life balance

    Cons

    Not the most progressive employer; many constraints on employee appreciation opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making the best use of tax payer dollars does not always mean taking the conservative / least controversial path; this should be kept in mind from the top on down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay for no college education

    Cons

    Stressful, managements needs training. Higher ups need more training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could use quite a bit more training.

  3.  

    Unfunded Mandates Seldom Work out Well

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    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    Many positions involve work that feels socially useful despite the legislative mandate for consolidation in 2011.

    Cons

    Now you work for politicians instead of technologists. God help you if you are embedded at an agency with less than 100 employees. Cookie cutter solutions from "on high" seldom work well for smaller agencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    MN

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    Former Employee - Tax Auditor  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Tax Auditor in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent vacation, job security

    Cons

    Promotions primarily via seniority, not performance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Adjudicating disability claims in a timely manner to serve the people of Minnesota.

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    Current Employee - Disability Specialist  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Disability Specialist in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    schedule flexibility, good benefits, good location

    Cons

    understaffed, must pay for parking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offer time balancing, give more positive feedback

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Lead the Information and Technology department at a state agency.

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    Current Employee - Director of ITS  in  Inver Grove Heights, MN
    Current Employee - Director of ITS in Inver Grove Heights, MN

    Pros

    Great benefits, work-life balance are the pros for working for the State of Minnesota.

    Cons

    Pay is an issue. Working for the state brings lower pay for sure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees going rate.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Benefits and schedule

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Attorney in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    The schedule is 9-5, absolutely. No law firm associate hours! Go home and enjoy your family. The rest of the staff are pleasant and helpful.

    Cons

    Not much in the way of advancement, and the pay is mediocre. Benefits are good, if only for the couple of extra holidays per year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is political appointees, who come and go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Overall, balanced work life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The up side to working for the state is that you are able to balance your work and personal life with relative ease. While it's not unheard of to put in more than 40 hours a week, it's not a regularly expected norm, either. Many offices are flexible with telecommuting options, also.

    Cons

    The worst part about working for the state is the unions. Although they can do good, they also cause problems when moving from one position to another. You may not get the pay increase you would normally expect. Also, it's difficult to see where there is money wasted, understand why people complain, and have there be little you can do about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to develop a merit based pay system the union will agree with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Working with public assistance programs, welfare.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    In some departments there are opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Hard work, some managers are untrained a provide little support or direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good but lacks pro activeness

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dev  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Dev in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    Less pressured environment with many technologies to achieve many multiply tasks if you are willing to learn.

    Cons

    Poor Management, unmotivated work environment with narcissistic managerial traits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect. Motivate and train them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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