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State of Oregon Reviews

Updated February 13, 2015
Updated February 13, 2015
60 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great organization, good benefits, great place to live (in 6 reviews)

  • Working for the state also gives you great benefits and retirement plan (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor pay compared to private sector (in 2 reviews)

  • I was surrounded by unmotivated individuals that were there only because the union protected them (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work, Old Technology and lots of Politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Salem, OR
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Salem, OR

    I worked at State of Oregon as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work is appreciated! Most of the resources are approachable including management and senior leadership. Moderate pace and inclination to improve with dont want to go out of the way by investing 60-80 hr week.

    Cons

    Slow pace, old technology and management is not always willing to take the risk for additpional reward!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to move into risk taking move where you can deploy state of the art technology, leverage social media and have employee policies that allows them to work from home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Okay place to work, but definitely a state job. Oregon has a good political environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Oregon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility and benefits are great

    Cons

    Too many policies; hard to get things done in such a bureaucratic environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower all your employees and never play favorites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional environment of seriously overworked, mostly wonderful people, and I've learned so much!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Salem, OR

    I have been working at State of Oregon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The agency exists to do some of the most important work of government; to protect and assist some of the most vulnerable people in our society; children, the elderly, people with disabilities, refugees, and the poorest of the poor. Many of those drawn to work here are exceptionally good people, passionate about making a real difference in people's lives. Oregon is a national model for how to do social services right, and DHS offers real opportunities and rewards for those with innovative ideas to improve programs and service delivery, not just in Oregon but nationally. That is particularly true now, with nearly a third of baby boomer workers due to retire in the next few years. In some positions there is flexibility around work sites and work schedules. While the benefits are not what they used to be, they are still better and more reliable than many private industry jobs.

    Cons

    State government has a well-deserved reputation for lousy pay, though it still generally beats the wages of non-profits. Also, people (in the legislature and general public) love to bash government, even if they know next to nothing about how it really operates. DHS in particular is an agency many love to hate, and there's lots of misinformation circulated about what it does and who it serves. This can make it an uncomfortable, even dangerous place to work. And aside from external hostility, there are real internal issues too. It's a huge, very complex, very political agency, where people are often so overworked it's hard to keep the quality of work up. Managers are too overwhelmed to have time or energy to recognize great performance. It's easy to feel unappreciated and unrewarded. And historically, paths to career advancement have been limited, though that's improving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training and ongoing supports to managers to help them do their job properly, and then truly hold them accountable. Many of the people who leave the agency are leaving because of a small proportion of toxic managers who have driven them away. Better to lose the poor managers than to continue to hemorrhage good employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good Stable Employment Good Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Generalist in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Generalist in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    Training opportunities, good culture, job opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, compensation, lack of central direction from executive department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in touch with the people on the ground doing the work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Systems Specialist in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Information Systems Specialist in Salem, OR

    I have been working at State of Oregon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Stable.

    Cons

    No promotion opportunities. It is all about politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trainings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits and reasonable salary.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and struggle to hire enough competent staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work helping people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Specialist II in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Office Specialist II in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, excellent people, a position that is generally meant to help people in one form or another. You can find a lot of positions that let you shift laterally if you don't find your current position to be a great fit. Lots of training opportunities, promotion is available. Don't get stuck in a rut in a small agency!

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, lots of red tape, slow to adapt or change, can get bogged down quickly in minutia. You can also find yourself getting comfortable in positions and not moving forward because it can be safe. Also, occasionally you can find the 'old school' boss who likes to do things because that's how they've always been done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more encouraging of staff moving up. You will be able to replace people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Temp contract with Oregon DAS technology division.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Systems Specialist V in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Information Systems Specialist V in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    General atmosphere was excellent, the people of this organization are surprisingly interesting, diverse and adept. Competitive compensation, at least for a public sector organization. Great training and growth opportunities. Managers are very helpful and worked for the teams needs.

    Cons

    Some political issues affect the job, it takes a little getting used to. Pay scale is service based, little to no merit based options. Movement can be slow due to processes involved so short-staffing can be a significant issue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    RA

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Salem, OR

    I worked at State of Oregon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most people are nice and want to do the best; Lower pace, relatively stable

    Cons

    Too many unqualified managers who made big decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better managers and key decision-makers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Complacency is king

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigator in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Investigator in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    Job security and benefits are excellent. Work loads are manageable and opportunities for advancement are readily available.

    Cons

    In general and this varies from department to department; complacency and a lack of unit cohesion stifles progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on merit and don't wait to begin a disciplinary process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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