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Updated Apr 15, 2014

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    Veteran Service Officer (Former Employee) Sioux Falls, SD

    ProsCompetitive Pay. Wonderful People. Great Training

    ConsMinimal room for advancement above present position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStaged internal promotions to keep the best and brightest from leaving for higher salaries.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Greatest internship ever.

    Legislative Intern (Current Employee) Pierre, SD

    ProsPays well for an internship, GREAT people, offers college credit, really shows how the state government works. I highly recommend this whether you are a political science student or not.

    ConsThe days can get long, but it's well worth it. Tasks vary depending who you work for and what part of the session it is.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Generally a relaxed environment, but very busy before and after Fiscal year end.

    Development (Current Employee)

    ProsAbility to learn new technology and work on many diverse projects.

    ConsAdvancement is slow, small town attitudes. Who your buddy is matters much more than what you know.

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    Best place I've worked!

    Secretary (Former Employee)

    ProsTreated employees well, room for advancement, friendly coworkers

    ConsPay and raises dependent on state of government, but wasn't usually a problem.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Corrections (Former Employee) Pierre, SD

    Proswelcoming, decent health care benefit plans, most people are very friendly and provide an enjoyable working environment, small agencies (can be good or very, very bad depending on circumstance!)

    ConsVery low pay, close minded to change, little opportunity for advancement, be careful if you're not "in" with someone- they can manipulate the system to their personal benefit and your GONE!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good entry level but limited advancement

    Enforcement Agent (Current Employee) Deadwood, SD

    ProsGood vacation time. Average bennefits. Can usually get time off when requested.

    ConsPay is low compared to similar jobs elsewhere. There is almost no chance of advancement. Management does not encourage or seek out innovation. Status quot is the norm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRight to work should not mean right to terminate and lord it over employees.

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    Have a life on a budget

    Technical Administrator (Current Employee) Pierre, SD

    ProsThe people that work for the State of South Dakota are generally good people with good intentions. The balance between work and life is very good. The small town atmosphere of the capital city is very nice. No commute. Easy parking. Great outdoor activities.

    ConsSome of the promotion decisions seem hard to justify. The attitude of many employees is to just put in their time until retirement. It is a large organization which means change is hard to come by. The salaries are woefully low compared to similar positions in other states and in private industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange to a pay for performance approach to compensation. Rationalize promotions to staff. Upgrade pay scales to compete with other states and private industry (at least a certain percentile of private industry).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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