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  1.  

    Probably the best Washington state agency out of all of them

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at WA Department of Commerce full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    We have some of the most hard working dedicated people in one of the least bureaucratic state agencies in existence. Helping companies grow to generate job creation is currently under laser beam focus and has always been a very admirable mission in the agency.

    Cons

    Continual budget cutbacks make it difficult to carry out duties and serve clients. A lot of time is spent trying to justify our existence and re-educating the legislature over and over with varying methods and benchmarks rather than helping the clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Draconian management and techniques from earlier years have been pretty well weeded out. The quality of HR has improved. Keep up the good work and thanks.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Positioning Washington State to business globally

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA

    I worked at WA Department of Commerce full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    An ability to make a difference in one of the most influential areas of your life, where you live. Alignment between your personal values and your work life. A connection with like-minded ethically oriented and passionate professionals seeking to develop our most precious resources in a sustainable manner.

    Cons

    The current state of the budget has made travel and effective outreach challenging, although this seems to be changing recently. Working within government takes a certain degree of persistence and willingness to understand and negotiate systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working in government is a lifelong career path for many employees. Providing resources, career development opportunities and mentoring is so important to the staff you manage. I found the personal connections and friendships I developed while at Commerce the best in my career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Effecting incremental change

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at WA Department of Commerce

    Pros

    Job satisfaction
    Stakeholders
    Giving back to society

    Cons

    Salary, scope for advancement, procedures, meetings

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  5.  

    It's a bureaucratic jungle, but the people are nice.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WA Department of Commerce

    Pros

    Some very intelligent and committed people, and the rest are at least competant and generally friendly.
    You can make a difference in the State's regional economic development.

    Cons

    There is way too much bureaucracy here- too many rules, at times it feels like there is no trust in human judgment. It is more a state government problem than an agency problem, though.

    Recommends
  6.  

    The name changed. but not the incompetent management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WA Department of Commerce

    Pros

    Really great staff across all Divisions, very motivated to serve the public and solve problems. Generous during food drives and times of crisis.

    Cons

    Over-politicized management who kowtowed to the Democratic leadership in the Legislature.

    Most upper management is competent enough to keep the place afloat, but not very capable of rapid change, always reactive, never proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to your staff and CARE. Stop rewarding only the lackeys.

    Doesn't Recommend

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