State of Tennessee Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
92 Reviews
3.3
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State of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
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Pros
  • They have some good benefits, most of the managers are nice folks (in 10 reviews)

  • great work/life balance, same hours all the time M-F 8-430 (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • none other than low pay and underappriciated work (in 7 reviews)

  • Pay is decent but below average of the private sector (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Paralegal

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    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Very easy going workplace if you do your job.

    Cons

    People are paranoid wondering if they will be laid off or terminated next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please advise person that they are being laid off. I was laid off due to "lack of work". There was more than enough work to do as the two attorneys I worked with have over 400 files. There was no rhyme or reason why this occurred . All I can said is that I enjoyed my employment with the State of Tennessee and would like to have it back.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I was Director of National Recruitment for the State of Tennessee, overseeing the recruitment and expansion of industry.

    Former Employee - Director of National Recruitment  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Director of National Recruitment in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    The position is very rewarding in the sense of a) establishing relationships across the country with corporations as well as site selection consultants, b) working with communities across the State in assisting them with their job creation/retention efforts, and c) establishing relationships with existing industries across the State of Tennessee.

    Cons

    The greatest challenge for working in this position is the changing of a "current" administration, which can result in being dismissed in an "executive service position".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A key success factor in a normal business environment is to establish relationships not only internally with staff members, but also to establish and maintain relationships with those companies/entities that have invested or would consider investing in your company's product or service.

  3.  

    Great way to contribute to the community.

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    Former Employee - Secretary
    Former Employee - Secretary

    I worked at State of Tennessee full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great feeling of helping victims of crimes.

    Cons

    No job security if working for an elected official. A re-election cost me a job even though I had no disciplinary issues and had more than satisfactory job performance. I had less than a month notice that I would not be re-hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits were good. A program needs to be put in place to assist good employees displaced by newly elected officials with no disciplinary issues or job performance issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Executive Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant II  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant II in Nashville, TN

    I worked at State of Tennessee full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Investment in skill building and networking.

    Cons

    Cap on advancement opportunities. Good ole boy system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Indentured Servant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Tennessee

    Pros

    Making a positive difference and helping to protect the community.

    Cons

    The excessive amount of work and lack of time to complete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that everyone deserves respect and that a word of encouragement can be worth more than money.

  7.  

    It is an honor to serve the citizens of Tennessee

    Current Employee - Fiscal Director  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Fiscal Director in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at State of Tennessee full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It is a very challenging job.

    Cons

    Time Constrants are very hard to meet.

  8.  

    While working as a veteran representative, the experience has been and continues to be very good.

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    Current Employee - Veterans Outreach Specialist  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Veterans Outreach Specialist in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at State of Tennessee full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The ability to make a difference in someones life.

    Cons

    Not enough hours in the day to complete most tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet often and discuss direction and results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Former Tennessee state-government employee

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    Former Employee - [I Had Several, Last One Was ] NR Tech I  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - [I Had Several, Last One Was ] NR Tech I in Nashville, TN

    I worked at State of Tennessee full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They have some good benefits, most of the managers are nice folks [There are exceptions.] and your pay generally goes up (with time), never goes down.

    Cons

    Your pay never goes down, but it goes up VERY slowly. Your upward mobility is painfully slow (regarding your career) and they are very legalistic in terms of every aspect of your day on duty. Not some managers, but most managers are much more concerned with the letter of the law (or rule) than in using good managerial practice (common sense).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discontinuing Civil Service was a bad idea. You may have wanted to clear out many folks who had been there forever (were effectively senile) and wouldn't leave, but (from what I've seen) they're still there and many employees got the boot based on office-politics. [You'd never see politics in government! (sarcasm alert)] I was there for 17+ years. I got new management (and CS discontinued); I got Terminal Leave (lost my Sick Leave cold) and the boot.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    State of Tennessee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Tennessee

    Pros

    Great stability; Good Benefits, Great Vaca/sick time.

    Cons

    Pay is decent but below average of the private sector. No raises or bonuses.((
    No room for advancement of any kind. Extremely limiting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be room for advancement.

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    career orriented

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Tennessee full-time

    Pros

    careere oriented place to work.Stability and career oriented

    Cons

    non civil service employees have no proecss to encounter during the firing phase of positions should that incident occur. Civil service employees are somewhat covered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions seem to be given on a who you know basis as opposed to what you know criteria.

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