State of New Mexico Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. A good place to start your career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economist in Santa Fe, NM
    Current Employee - Economist in Santa Fe, NM

    I have been working at State of New Mexico

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility and opportunity for career development

    Cons

    Growth within is difficult. Not really a surprise since it is government

    Advice to Management

    Figure out practical ways to push for upward development and growth within the organization

  2. Environment Department employee for 4 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Santa Fe, NM
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Santa Fe, NM

    I have been working at State of New Mexico full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting and rewarding work with the public. Working for the state certainly has its ups and downs, but it's very rewarding and challenging. Somewhat decent pay in technical positions, much better pay in management positions. Do a little time and move up. Management of employees can be challenging, but overall this is a terrific job with a lot of opportunity. Lots of vacation time and holidays. Most of the people who work here are wonderful and supportive. I truly love working here after many years in the private sector.

    Cons

    no merit raises unless you take/get a promotion. Sometimes you must leave a job that you love in order to make more money.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that good people leave jobs (transfer) that they love in order to make more money. This is not a sustainable culture. When people with institutional knowledge must leave for a few more dollars an hour, that is a problem. Keep supporting the lower management and technical staff.

  3. It all depends on who you know

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

    I have been working at State of New Mexico

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Holidays off, snow days, and benefits

    Cons

    It seems like many of the workers slack. They don't come in on time but the first to pack up 5-10 mins before five so they can walkout right as the clock hits 5. Some people don't even seem capable of their job but get paid top dollar just because they know the bosses.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more emphasis on work ethics. Expect more out of employees as well as more strict with bad work ethics. These people are paid by and work for the citizens but often times use the time for things other than working.

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  5. Solid employer, one of the best in the state

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer III in Santa Fe, NM
    Current Employee - Applications Developer III in Santa Fe, NM

    I have been working at State of New Mexico full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You have your job for life, if you want it. I haven't seen anyone get fired or laid off since I've been here. Nepotism and favoritism used to be just the way things were done here, but that has improved greatly.

    Cons

    The benefits are good, not great. There isn't much external motivation to excel. There are still echoes of the old boy network hanging around.

  6. Micromanagement at it's worst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Behavioral Health in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Behavioral Health in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working for the State can be rewarding. There are some great people working for the State. The benefits are great and you are paid for overtime.

    Cons

    Working with a supervisor can be impossible. Picture layers upon layers of administrators all trying to micromanage each other and you. It's demoralizing. People in the State also don't do a good job of clearly communicating with each other.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate your administrators and supervisors. There's a reason for high employee turnover. Employees rarely quit their job. They quit their supervisor. Employees can do well under difficult working conditions if supported. They will feel constantly demoralized under poor leadership.

  7. It was ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Family Assistance Analyst in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Family Assistance Analyst in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at State of New Mexico full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Working at ISD is probably one of the worst state jobs you can have. Avoid it at all costs

    Cons

    Too much work, poor management, too much bureaucracy.

  8. family assistance analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Family Assistance Analyst in Rio Rancho, NM
    Current Employee - Family Assistance Analyst in Rio Rancho, NM

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

    Pros

    You get your own office, good benefits package

    Cons

    a lot of stress, constant pressure, you can never get all your work done, and stuck at a computer all day.

  9. Helpful (1)

    You are left upon your own ability and skills to perform the essential and non-essential work responsibility.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vr Counselor in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Vr Counselor in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities for various types of trainings. An very good overall team effort. Employee's always willing to help each other when necessary, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Consistent changes in the day to day operations. Of recent employees have and/or allowed much say in procedural changes, payroll deductions are increasing and not at 10 - 15 cents. More like 10 - 15 dollars per pay check

    Advice to Management

    Start utilizing the experience of the staff when developing new software, procedures, policies etc

  10. Great pay for little work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Family Analyst in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Family Analyst in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Your pay is fixed and you have a very small quota to fill. The learning curve is a bit high, but after a few months you'll be a pro and then you have to find ways to fill your time.

    Cons

    Moving up is time based not so much experience. Being good at your job doesn't seem to matter as much as sucking up and time you you've been there. The union doesn't do anything for you but you have to pay them so much each pay check. Also your "retirement" doesn't not earn any interest, you have to work there for 20 years for it to be worth it. Take it out 1 year short and they just give you what you put it.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to incentives workers to work. There is a community there that deincentives their coworkers and promotes slacking off.

  11. It is difficult being happy with state government.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

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

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

    Pros

    There is no taking your work home with you. No more than 40 hours required per week. You always have weekends and holidays off.

    Cons

    No more than the bare minimum of work is required, and any extra effort you put in is not rewarded. Pay is based solely on the state budget, and you can only get a raise if you advance to a higher position.

    Advice to Management

    It is very difficult to promote a culture of improvement of employees and processes when there is no incentive to do better than the bare minimum. There are a lot of hoops to jump through to do anything in government, but even recognizing employees more frequently would improve productivity.

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