State of Washington Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. Ability to work with my community.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Washington

    Pros

    Getting to be and meet a diverse group of people.

    Cons

    Upset or rude clients and micromanagement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Company is constantly recruiting but does nothing to maintain good employees and it is often miserable.

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    Current Employee - Social Services Specialist III in Arlington, WA
    Current Employee - Social Services Specialist III in Arlington, WA

    I have been working at State of Washington

    Pros

    Good benefits, generous leave and sick leave, health coverage, educational opportunities. Can be flexible for working moms.

    Cons

    Job is very political. Workload is heavy in comparison to private sector. They do not treat employees the same as they treat the clientele. It can be very discouraging to not have a voice, even with a union. NO support and often bullied by management; especially during change. Work is very demanding and can wear you out if you are not careful to keep healthy boundaries. Huge turnover in first line workers and supervisor staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Health Care Authority - Uniform Medical Plan

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at State of Washington full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very meaningful work, helping state employees access quality affordable health care, helping health care providers receive fair reimbursement without unnecessary aggravation, and helping taxpayers by managing state employee health costs very successfully and saving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Cons

    It is fashionable for those in leadership positions to claim to be "data driven" but in reality there is very little interest in or understanding of the use of data to identify and solve problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use data correctly to identify and prioritize problems and develop innovative solutions. Don't come up with a plan first, and then request data to support your plan -- sorry, but that's backwards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Stable

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    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Olympia, WA

    I worked at State of Washington

    Pros

    There are lots of different department, supervisors, etc. so things may be different elsewhere, but where I was there was no threat to the stability of employment, lots of time off, good benefits, etc.

    Cons

    Pay was about 40% below comparable private sector positions (IT).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not offering gold standard pensions any longer, pay accordingly to retain people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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.

  7. 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 a 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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 a 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
  11. 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

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