State of South Dakota

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State of South Dakota Reviews

Updated April 15, 2014
Updated April 15, 2014
7 Reviews
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    Great People

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    Former Employee - Veteran Service Officer  in  Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Veteran Service Officer in Sioux Falls, SD

    I worked at State of South Dakota full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive Pay. Wonderful People. Great Training

    Cons

    Minimal room for advancement above present position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staged internal promotions to keep the best and brightest from leaving for higher salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Greatest internship ever.

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    Current Employee - Legislative Intern  in  Pierre, SD
    Current Employee - Legislative Intern in Pierre, SD

    I have been working at State of South Dakota as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Pays 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
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    Best place I've worked!

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    Former Employee - Secretary
    Former Employee - Secretary

    I worked at State of South Dakota full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Treated employees well, room for advancement, friendly coworkers

    Cons

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

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

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    Current Employee - Development
    Current Employee - Development

    I have been working at State of South Dakota full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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    Former Employee - Corrections  in  Pierre, SD
    Former Employee - Corrections in Pierre, SD

    I worked at State of South Dakota full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    welcoming, 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!)

    Cons

    Very 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!

    Recommends
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    Good entry level but limited advancement

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    Current Employee - Enforcement Agent  in  Deadwood, SD
    Current Employee - Enforcement Agent in Deadwood, SD

    I have been working at State of South Dakota

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    Right to work should not mean right to terminate and lord it over employees.

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    Have a life on a budget

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    Current Employee - Technical Administrator  in  Pierre, SD
    Current Employee - Technical Administrator in Pierre, SD

    I have been working at State of South Dakota

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Change 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).

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