Tennessee Department of Health

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Tennessee Department of Health Reviews

Updated June 27, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
4 Reviews
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4 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work if you enjoy public service. Terrible place to work if you're ambitious and strive for efficiency.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regulatory Board Administrative Assistant II in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Regulatory Board Administrative Assistant II in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Tennessee Department of Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Geat benefits and paid time off. Also after 3 yrs of employment you get $100 per yr of service.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement because vacancies are few and far inbetween. People generally stay in positions and/or offer 20+ years of service, making it difficult to achieve advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop turning a blind eye to the dead weight and stop dumping work on those who actually work and do a great job. Improvement with communication is also necessary to address all the problems that exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Was once a great place to work and could be again, but needs major overhaul of leadership.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tennessee Department of Health full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Training, benefits and hours. If you take the opportunities to learn and absorb the amount of information available, there are great information sessions, and the benefits of state workers can't be beat. State holidays were great.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible and you never get a raise.
    There is no sharing of important information. You find out about something after you do it incorrectly.
    The lack of respect and the amount of gossip the came from supervisors was incredibly disheartening.
    There is a very threatening atmosphere, even for those who were considered good employees.
    Many supervisors seemed focused on seeking out minute problems and micromanaging staff drama rather than finding better ways of serving the public.
    Often times, it seemed that supervisors were so afraid of losing their jobs, that they would find ways of making problems for people they supervised, thinking this will somehow improve their chances of keeping their job.
    Once promoted, staff who were once pleasant and easy going almost always and seemingly overnight developed a condescending, arrogant attitude toward others that was very off-putting.
    There was a great dissention among staff that was caused in large part because there is very little to no opportunity any longer for advancement unless you are an RN. This was not always the case, but in recent times, it has become so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider leading by example, and learn that good leaders make great employees. Remember that just because you are miserable, you don't have to make everyone at work miserable. Leadership means that you encourage your staff, not discourage them. Drama should be discouraged at work, not researched and divulged amongst the staff. Your personal view of an employee should remain personal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Come on in, just don't expect to go anywhere!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor III in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Auditor III in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Tennessee Department of Health

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for the state are: Security, Benefits, Time off. However, your pay will always be less than you could be making and it can be frustrating waiting on people to die/retire before you can be promoted. However, this is the perfect job for someone out of college and looking to get some experience. If your plan is to work 30 years and retire, this is also a good position, but you better be frugal with your money! You will never have a huge house and a boat....but, you will always have a job. I suppose in this day and age, that is saying quite a bit!

    Cons

    Pay is about 15-20% less than it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management has largely no significant role. I believe they should strive more to engage in some of the actual work being done. However, I must say that my Director and Commissioner are both very impressive people and I have enjoyed working for both of them.

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  5.  

    The most backstabbing and backbitting place.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interpreter
    Former Employee - Interpreter

    I worked at Tennessee Department of Health

    Pros

    The patients who are in need and are grateful for the services they receive

    Cons

    Incompetent management on a local level. Promotions given by regional directior based on frieinds and family. Huge number of discrepencies of job qualifications. Minority race not being served in Cumberland County

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone from state level should look into all the irregularities taking places in Middle TN

    Doesn't Recommend

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