Washington Department of Health

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    Department of Health

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    Current Employee - Environmental Health in Tumwater, WA
    Current Employee - Environmental Health in Tumwater, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, treated with respect.

    Cons

    Flat at the top of pay scale. Public sector jobs are not prospering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    WA State Department of Health

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    Former Employee - Health Services Consultant in Tumwater, WA
    Former Employee - Health Services Consultant in Tumwater, WA

    I worked at Washington Department of Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a positive difference and improve health of people throughout the State.
    Many excellent, diverse programs.

    Cons

    If there are layoffs due to lack of funding, seniority counts more than education or experience. A person with no experience in a particular field can usually bump somone with more specific experience but less seniority. Union membership is required for non-management positions, yet the union seems to make little difference. Very little upward mobility. Vacancies usually only occur if there is new grant funding, or if someone retires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Health Services Consultant

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    Former Employee - Health Services Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Health Services Consultant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Overall employees believe in mission and values of agency
    Agency completely revamped website making user friendly
    Manager supported healthy goals and lifestyle
    Manager kept employees in the loop re: department and agency level information
    New leadership will occur this year.

    Cons

    Morale dropped significantly during the recession, especially because employees felt their requested suggestions were ignored and dismissed.
    From the top down, favoritism towards departments or managers was blatantly practiced.
    People that screamed the loudest are often rewarded more than those that work the hardest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top-down management will continue to bring about high turnover rates.
    Employees just wanted to be treated fairly and have their voices heard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Loved working here

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    Former Employee - Microbiologist II in Shoreline, WA
    Former Employee - Microbiologist II in Shoreline, WA

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

    Pros

    Great work ethic, lots of opportunities for cross-training, interesting work opportunities.

    Cons

    No personal desk space or computer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people some desks!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Status quo before quality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tumwater, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tumwater, WA

    I have been working at Washington Department of Health

    Pros

    stable job industry. good stepping stone.

    Cons

    not interested in creating efficiencies. more interested in hiring relatives over competent professionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    A detrimental management style is pervading the department, and it's spreading.

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

    I have been working at Washington Department of Health

    Pros

    Coworkers are, for the most part, professional and nice to work with. The benefits are decent, and Olympia is a very nice city to live in.

    Cons

    The management philosophy seems to be undergoing a change....and not for the better. It's undermining morale and decreasing efficiency.

    State resources are being wasted but when pointed out to management, if it will cause a ruckus to fix, they'll ignore it rather than deal with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Not the best job I've ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Olympia, WA

    I worked at Washington Department of Health

    Pros

    Good benefits, co-workers tend to be nice but work stations and assignments are isolating.

    Cons

    Poor management skills, very little oversight, low morale, work is isolating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what managers are doing. In my time there I was unable to get regular meetings with my manger (2 meetings in 8 months), couldn't get feedback on performance and didn't ever get metrics to measure if I was doing my job. It's a tumble of bureaucracy with no one i charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    As large public sector organization they can do better for the state and for employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Great Location
    -A wonderful field to work
    -Numerous grants
    -Possibility of organizational improvement and growth

    Cons

    -Bureaucratic structure
    -Lack of vision
    -Discouraging for employees
    -Lack of procedures
    -Lack of qualified management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Reduce Bureaucratic attitude
    -Improve management style.
    -Encourage diversity

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