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State of South Carolina Reviews

Updated May 11, 2014
Updated May 11, 2014
28 Reviews

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  1.  

    Rewarding but underpaid.

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    Current Employee - Human Services Coordinator  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Human Services Coordinator in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    Working to help people receive benefits is rewarding. You get to interact with people who face serious issues and need your help to overcome them. The best way to deal from day to day is to remain positive and calm. Make sure you know policy and action plans to assist people quickly and effectively.

    Cons

    Basically everyone is underpaid but that is expected in state service. In order to move up you have to network.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary raises will help high turnover rate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to start, horrible place to stay.

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    Current Employee - Auditor  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Auditor in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    The SC Legislative Audit Council is a great place to start your career. The office is small and you do get to know everyone fairly well. It's a great opportunity to learn how SC state government works and learn the "ins and outs" of performance auditing (basically a form of management consulting). Also, it's pretty low-stress and you can pretty much take time off whenever you wish.

    Cons

    1) There is little to no growth. After your initial raise following your one year anniversary, don't expect any raise or promotion (outside of the legislatively mandated "cost-of-living" increase you may or may not get every few years that applies to all state employees) for at least 5-10 years. The agency is very "top-heavy" --meaning the management doesn't retire. This means there are hardly ever promotions.
    2) The salaries are terrible after a few years. The only state that pays its legislative auditors less is Hawaii.
    3) The agency hardly ever pays for training; so forget about getting any certifications or out of state conferences paid for from this agency. Good training is not a priority here.
    4) Micro-management is the name of the game with nearly every single audit; so for every audit.
    5) For an agency whose job it is to make state agencies more efficient and embraces "best business practices", it does not practice what it preaches. The IT/computer equipment is sub-par, there is no leadership from the top, and management has no vision for the future either for the agency or the staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Pay your people more....like an average of 15-20k more at every level. Everyone at the agency knows we aren't paid well enough.
    2) Pay for training. If someone, no matter if it's 1 or 15 people, wants to get certifications that will benefit the agency (i.e. CFA, CPA, CIA, CFE, etc), pay for it! it's called investing in your staff! If you want your staff to have more competency in certain areas, you have two options. Pay people enough to take a job here, or (the cheaper option) pay for your current staff to get those competencies/certifications.
    3) Management needs to learn how to manage and lead people; not just yell at them and tell micro-manage their work.
    4) A real line must be drawn between management and auditing. Please read this to mean that management should not be having their hands in every audit, nor should auditors be forced to answer to two audit managers.
    6) Management needs to stop being afraid of asking for decent funding from the legislature.
    7) When it comes down to it: the pay sucks; there is no leadership; management blatantly doesn't care about the staff; there are hardly ever promotions, and if you work here, you will not break $50,000 in salary for at least 8-10 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    A good place to start, but a terrible place to stay.

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    Current Employee - Mental Health Counselor I  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Mental Health Counselor I in Greenville, SC

    Pros

    Invaluable experience with different clinical populations. Exposure to diverse clientele. Workplace security.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement. Lack of support from superiors. Too large of a caseload.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Run for your Life!

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer II  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer II in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    There was nothing good at all about my experience there. I have been in Corrections for 10 years before moving to SC and getting on with their DoC. I have never seen such corruption in my life.

    Cons

    Some of the instructors teaching their Correctional Officer training can't even speak proper english and are hard to understand. They have some good instructors, but...not all. Once I went to work, black staff were free to make racist comments to me without fear of reprisal. A sergeant actually had inmates harrass me because he thought I told on him for something, which I didn't. That wasn't fun. After another officer told me the Sgt. was the cause I wrote it up and gave it to my Capt. Nothing was done...nothing. Lieutenants are scared of the inmates and neither them or Sgt.s will back up their officers. No one ever does a proper count according to policy on night shift. If you try to do one the inmates will give you such a hard time it's not worth it (BTW I always did mine any way hence my blood pressure problem) and the bosses won't back you so almost no one does them. There is so much backbiting and open hateful behavior from sergeants or anyone with authority you WILL become physically ill before you quit. There's anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes a day that you spend turning in equipment every day that you're not home but unable to leave work that you are not paid for. Many Veteran officers are unduely familiar with inmates and bring in contraband. They get away with it by bullying new staff and marking territory. Don't get me wrong, there were a few great staff people, but BRCI is so wrought with the corrupt, unquestionably stupid, racist management that would act out at white officers openly for no good reason that I knew not to complain. I was even told that it was " Easier to do paperwork on a dead inmate than a live one" after performing CPR on an inmate that complained of chestpains and then went unresponsive. It was almost time to go home and the Lt. didn't want to be stuck there doing use of force paperwork. If I'm ever called on this I will be happy to take a polygraph.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your not one of the ones actually involved, be very careful and try to get away. If you are fire yourself. You are dispicable and those who protect you are worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity to help those in need and truly make a difference

    Cons

    3 employees that should have been fired years ago continue to create cancerous office environment. And then there is the usual setting of unrealistic expectations. Paperwork and processes are ridiculous and take significant time away from being able to help clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is blatantly obvious when good hard workers are never promoted and when others are obviously there because of some connection or bias. This creates the ongoing high turnover.

    Negative Outlook
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  7.  

    paid as applications analysts, trained and doing the job of software engineers.

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    Current Employee - Applications Analyst  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Applications Analyst in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    work load isn't heavy. They keep you busy but you are rarely swamped. Little to no drama in the office.

    Cons

    pay sucks. Retirement is okay unless you started after they gutted the retirement plan, then your sucking pond water. The medical benefits are absolutely garbage! They will pay 80% of what THEY say a service should be which ends up being only 10-20% of the actual cost. So for the mathematically challenged... 10-20% x 80% = 8-16% of the actual bill, after you pay $300/mo. for family coverage AND its not optional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you continue to train people to do the job of a software engineer, and pay them the salary of an applications analyst, they will likely continue to leave for higher paying jobs in private industry.

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Highly political

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    Stability and benefits are okay

    Cons

    Political atmosphere retards career progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people better for their abilities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Moderate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity for entry-level career seekers. Provides opportunity to receive great training and certifications. Work and personal life are clearly separated.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance professionally without upper-level "contacts". Poor monetary compensation. Not all peers are equally qualified and overall morale is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire those are are truly qualified to perform functions required by positions. Boost workplace morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    What You'd Expect Working for the Government

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexibility in schedule, hours, autonomy

    Cons

    Pay much lower than if you were to work in private industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize a job well-done once in a while

  11.  

    Poor Management, Low wages, no advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    Benefits and schedules are good.

    Cons

    Salary and pay raises are low.

    Doesn't Recommend

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