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State of Washington Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to build a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Washington full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance, advancement opportunities, excellent benefit package

    Cons

    Location, stagnant salaries, not particularly innovative technology environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your young workforce and invest in their professional development. Promote based on merit, not seniority or nepotism.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    DSHS Children's Administration

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Washington

    Pros

    Stable employment in spite of looming layoffs during the recession. Good vacation plan and paid holidays. You will learn a lot about social work in a short time.

    Cons

    High workload and little support from upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase sw staff on the front lines. The human capital you have invested in continue to leave. Focus on staff retention and listen to those with experience.

  3.  

    great place to learn but not a place to work.

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    Current Employee - Fiscal Analyst in Lacey, WA
    Current Employee - Fiscal Analyst in Lacey, WA

    I have been working at State of Washington full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    movement with in the state and ability to get training.

    Cons

    You can get stagnant in your job and complacent which is not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at who you hire and not people who do not want to advance being with teh company for 20 plus year and still at teh bottom is not good. But then to drag down those who want to move up is not good business. stay true to your open door policy,

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Solid, Dependable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA

    I have been working at State of Washington full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Most 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Biggest mistake

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    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Olympia, WA

    I worked at State of Washington full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    laid back Olympia lifestyle and the great outdoors too

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Average

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Washington

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Getting in a department that has a terrible manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great dedicated staff.

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    Former Employee - Employment Specialist
    Former Employee - Employment Specialist

    I worked at State of Washington full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be better, could be worse.

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    Former Employee - Agricultural Aide in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Agricultural Aide in Olympia, WA

    I worked at State of Washington full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Love 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.

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at State of Washington full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Be aware that funding is always tight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep taking care of your people - that's what your there to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay

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    Current Employee - ITS6 in Olympia, WA
    Current Employee - ITS6 in Olympia, WA

    I have been working at State of Washington full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Civil 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more competitive of salary to retain talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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