State of Washington
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State of Washington Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
State of Washington – US – “Open office space”

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    Solid, Dependable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Olympia, WA

    ProsThe good thing about the state is that it isn't going to go out of business! The pay is fairly decent, and the benefits beat any I have ever seen in the private sector. Lots of opportunities to move around and try new things.

    ConsMost work is in Olympia. If you want to live anywhere else in the state, your options are severely limited. Very caught up in the buzzwords of the month. A lot of uncertainty every two years as the budget gets figured out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSalary for managers has to be flexible/subject to revision. Not getting a raise for several years will cause your good junior managers to leave.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Biggest mistake

    Programmer/Analyst (Former Employee)
    Olympia, WA

    Proslaid back Olympia lifestyle and the great outdoors too

    Consbenefits are not what they used be - lack of clarity and direction - favoritism and disregard of ethics policies

    Advice to Senior Managementmanagement are very inexperienced, most grew up in the system. lip service to leadership 'classes' and desire to grow to best practice

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Average

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits great
    Salary schedule and depending on agency chances to move up.

    ConsGetting in a department that has a terrible manager.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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    Great dedicated staff.

    Employment Specialist (Former Employee)

    ProsWork is consistently challenging and rewarding. Mission is on target. Great if you like strict 8-5 schedule. Pay is good for the area.

    ConsLack of leadership and management skills. Do not keep up with current trends and technology. No future vision. Management not concerned with quality of service even though most staff are dedicated to quality service delivery.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe respectful to employees. Learn how to communicate and lead, or step aside, before damage is done to organization's image.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing environment - if you care about people - this is the place for you

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat support, great people, amazing teams, great work-life balance

    ConsBe aware that funding is always tight

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep taking care of your people - that's what your there to do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay

    ITS6 (Current Employee)
    Olympia, WA

    ProsCivil service - work feels more meaningful. The development work is on par with private companies. However, it's not about the bottom line and net profit.

    ConsWork is on par with the private industry. However, it pays much less.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more competitive of salary to retain talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Could be better, could be worse.

    Agricultural Aide (Former Employee)
    Olympia, WA

    ProsLove the independence of the job is and working outdoors in the summer is nice. Pay is not too bad considering the job duties. Working 4-10's is a bonus. The supervisors were really pleasant to work with and very enthusiastic about their jobs.

    ConsNot enough time to set the traps and plan where they should go, way too rushed. A lot of time is spent at home beyond the 10 paid hours making traps and planning placements. Time management becomes easier mid-way through and at the end of the season. The job can get monotonous after while but it ends soon enough since it is a seasonal job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerhaps add at least a week to the beginning of the season so traps can be made and placements planned before the actual placement begins.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Geologist (Former Employee)
    Olympia, WA

    ProsThe benefits, even with the union dues required now, make up for any slight in salary as well as a fair amount of job security. It all depends on the agency and their culture and then who your supervisor is. The supervisor can make or break your job satisfaction.

    Conspolitics and budgeting on the backs of employees

    Advice to Senior Managementdont pretend to care if you dont

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Can be a Stressful Place to Work

    Psychiatric Child Care Counselor I (Former Employee)
    Lakewood, WA

    ProsWonderful setting for new college grads with a B.A. who want to explore career paths working with children either as a counselor, nurse, psychologist, etc. The inpatient 24/7 operation has
    chances to work different shifts and with a range of age groups. Good training on using treatment strategies in counseling emotionally unstable youth.

    ConsLow pay especially because a 4-yr degree is needed to even apply for a job as an entry-level counselor. Many employees are on-call and temp hires with steady turnover due to quitting over the work conditions or when management deems them to be unsuitable to be in this environment. Constant exposure to unpredictable behaviors leading to physical violence and injuries.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe treatment facility needs to make an effort to raise the pay scale to attract solid, well-qualified workers from the start and after 1-yr promote the PCCC1's to a 2 or 3 level. The loyal employees who make the cut should have a career ladder. A promotion is something to strive for and would improve morale and a loyal workforce. The kids would benefit, too!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard work, despite what some people say about state government. Feels contribute to helping keep Washington safe.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsJob Security, paid time off, work life balance.

    ConsLower pay than private sector; image of state employees, since some don't have a strong work ethic.

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