State of Tennessee Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
86 Reviews
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State of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
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Pros
  • but it has good benefits that you get without having to pay the (in 8 reviews)

  • great work/life balance, same hours all the time M-F 8-430 (in 4 reviews)


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

  • Pay is low compared to private sector (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Accountant  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Chief Accountant in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at State of Tennessee full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The State of TN is a good place to work.
    It has great benefits and give you the ability to help people in the state.

    Cons

    Compensation for your work will be lower than the public.
    Advancement could potentially require movement around the state.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Within the human services department, if you are not motivated by money but want to help people this is the place.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Counselor II  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Counselor II in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at State of Tennessee full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility in when needing to get off. Government holidays

    Cons

    Dealing with clients can be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before starting new procedures get staff involved in the development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Worker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of holidays off work hours flexible

    Cons

    Pay sucks,seldomly get raises, doesn't listen to employees about what works. Restricted every 4 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and stop giving jobs to unqualified friends

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Sucks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Tennessee

    Pros

    None to speak of ever

    Cons

    To much overtime, never hire enough

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Low paid, 7.5 M-F work week, Great Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Servant  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Civil Servant in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    7.5 M-F work week
    Great Benefits
    Some friendly employees

    Cons

    Older Management don't care and act like the "walking dead"
    Minimal room for advancement.
    State mandated pay raises - about 1% - 2% annually
    Supervisors/NASHVILLE will protect there own behinds before an employee
    Lots AND LOTS of ppwk and outdated computer systems.
    I had to turn in 3 - 4 "time-sheets" all asking for same info but in different ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employers what they are worth (a living wage, at least)
    Protect your employees instead of the Lawyers, Directors, Commissioners, Management in Nashville.
    Also, pay out some money and update the 25 year old computer programs that still run on the "black screen with green text" - You know Bill Gates and Steve Jobs made a killing creating user-friendly software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I enjoyed my years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Eligibility Counselor II
    Former Employee - Eligibility Counselor II

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

    Pros

    job flexibility, helping people reach a level of self sufficiency, work relationships

    Cons

    no room for growth, no overtime pay

  8.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Nashville, TN

    I worked at State of Tennessee as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Inside look at how government agencies work. Easy hours, only 7 1/2 a day. It is a job.

    Cons

    PMs not utilized in an efficient manner. Inside look at how government agencies work. Easy hours, only 7 1/2 a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pretend it is a business and you need to be profitable. There is really no incentives for anyone to do anything efficiently. I don't know if it is possible for a government agency to be productive. If you take a risk there is only a downside. It is not like you are going to get a bonus or anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The State of TN as an Employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    There are more than one Department and occupation that a new employee may qualify to
    do. A person may transfer to different departments for the duration of their careers should they desire to do so. The State offers great health benefits to employees.

    Cons

    Though most Directors are ethical, some Directors are more ethical than others. Be sure you understand the laws as applicable in that Department and know State and Federal laws so you are able to be in compliance at all times. Personal biases do exist. Know the people. Learn what areas you are in agreement, and work with those you are most in agreement with for longevity in your office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be ethical in your work and, do not allow your biases to cause loss of excellent employees.
    Follow through on your word to the employees. Listening should also lead to taking appropriate action.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The Truth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Tennessee full-time

    Pros

    The Stability of State Government work, are top notch. Generous Leave

    Cons

    Limited Growth Opportunity unless you move around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall a great place to work as long as money is not your top priority

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Dietitian  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Registered Dietitian in Murfreesboro, TN

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

    Pros

    Flexible with great life/work balance

    Cons

    The salaries are generally lower than desired, unfortunately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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