State of Nevada Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
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  1. Health Resource Analyst for the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health Resource Analyst in Carson City, NV
    Current Employee - Health Resource Analyst in Carson City, NV

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I am an independent contractor. This means I can work at any time I want. If there is a project, it is usually just a responsibility to have it done. Your employer trusts you. The bosses in Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology are awesome! Very rarely will you find a place you love to work because your boss respects you and allows you freedom within the scope of the department.

    Cons

    As an independent contractor you have no sick days, paid leave, or holidays. Yep, if it's Christmas and you want the day off, you either work a ton the prior week to make up for the hours you will miss or take the pay hit for that day. You do not get benefits as a contractor. As a state employee, you get very good benefits.

    Going through HR to be approved for a job is a nightmare. You may be the most highly qualified and intelligent individual in the World, but at the state all that HR sees is "experience." Steve Jobs himself could not land a job passed an entry level position because he has not had 5 years doing exactly what they want.

    Advice to Management

    It would really be nice if the state as a whole would pay competitive salaries to keep talent. Many students go through the department who are very very bright, but all of them leave because the are attracted to higher salaries.
    It's hard to pay state employees more, but it needs to be done to keep talent around. Everyone wants talent, but you have to at least be somewhat competitive to compete.

  2. It's ok

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carson City, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carson City, NV

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Depending on your department you can have great flexibility in hours as needed, good benefits, ok pay

    Cons

    Promotions are extremely limited, nepotism, not being allowed to do your job b/c 'someone' called the governor and complained that the department was making that 'someone' follow the NRS, NAC and/or federal rules.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the PE requirement for some supervisory positions since that is an absolutely ridiculous thing to require. Just because someone was able to pass the PE exam doesn't make that person any more valuable to your program. A lot of better suited candidates are over looked that way.

  3. Helpful (2)

    If you can kick a rock and be quiet for 30 years, this is the place for you!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Carson City, NV
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Carson City, NV

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, no accountability, bankers hours with all holidays off.

    Cons

    Cronyism is rampant and the great positions are given to undeserving friends of the higher-ups.

    Advice to Management

    Realize your hubris and work for the people, not your friends and family.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Carson City, NV
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Carson City, NV

    I worked at State of Nevada full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working for the State allows the opportunity for continued education and training. The benefits are good, and they offer participation in PERS, the public employee pension plan. Performance reviews are prompt, and immediate supervisors are supportive.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive with the private sector, and since the positions are "at will", there doesn't seem to be any tangible job security. Morale is very low; many lower level employees are trying to return to the private sector.

  6. It Professional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Carson City, NV
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Carson City, NV

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Mediocre salary.
    Not much growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Management should look at private industries

  7. Decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Carson City, NV
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Carson City, NV

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stability is the biggest pro. The jobs aren't going away. Some of the benefits are good, 15 days of annual leave and 15 days of sick leave per year is nice. Middle management is better than upper management.

    Cons

    Pay is below market. Insurance is getting very expensive and covering less. Morale is low due to these factors. Upper management are political appointees, so the quality varies widely.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. They are in the trenches and see what works. Promote more from within.

  8. State of Nevada

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Carson City, NV
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Carson City, NV

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Security in job, average pay, average benefits.

    Cons

    No movement upwards, qualifications for positions are very specific and difficult to change positions, government moves slower than Private industry.

  9. Good with long term potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laboratory Supervisor in Carson City, NV
    Current Employee - Laboratory Supervisor in Carson City, NV

    I have been working at State of Nevada

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Dedicated staff, appreciative clients, great place to live

    Cons

    Deep financial crisis since 2008

    Advice to Management

    Government organizations need a basic amount of secure funding for core positions to maintain staff. Nevada is not an easy place to hire staff into positions which require significant technical training.

  10. Poor outlook for state employees in Nevada

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Worker in Carson City, NV
    Current Employee - IT Worker in Carson City, NV

    I have been working at State of Nevada

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    8-5 job with no weekends. Relatively good job security.

    Cons

    Employee morale is at an all time low. The legislature is more than willing to sacrifice state employees as a scapegoat in the budgeting process. Pay and benefits are getting worse and worse, with no hope of improving any time in the foreseeable future (if ever). Expect medical and retirment benefits to continue to get worse. Lots of middle managers, the majority of whom seems to be promoted from low level admin and techician positions with no real training or leadership qualifications. Incompetent HR. Bureaucratic. Lack of vision or focused goals. Poor quality control. Lots of outsourcing in IT.

    Advice to Management

    1) Consider that your best buddy or son-in-law may not be the best qualified person for that position. 2) Outsourcing always ends up costing a lot more in the long run than you bargained for.

  11. Solid, stable employment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional IV in Carson City, NV
    Current Employee - IT Professional IV in Carson City, NV

    I have been working at State of Nevada

    Pros

    once probation is complete you have a very solid employment for 20-30 years, above-average retirement/pension & benefits, consistent work, consistent policies & procedures

    Cons

    low starting pay, dead-weight everywhere, lots of older workforce "running out the clock" to retirement, HR processes are so laborious that most incompetents get to remain in their positions indefinetely

    Advice to Management

    do your job and get ride of the dead weight throughout the organization, hire some youth - rarely in my years there did I see other employees under 45.

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