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    Department of Health

    Environmental Health (Current Employee) Tumwater, WA

    ProsGood benefits, treated with respect.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage innovation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    WA State Department of Health

    Health Services Consultant (Former Employee) Tumwater, WA

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

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementMore transparency

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Health Services Consultant

    Health Services Consultant (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsOverall 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Loved working here

    Microbiologist II (Former Employee) Shoreline, WA

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

    ConsNo personal desk space or computer

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet people some desks!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Status quo before quality

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Tumwater, WA

    Prosstable job industry. good stepping stone.

    Consnot interested in creating efficiencies. more interested in hiring relatives over competent professionals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A detrimental management style is pervading the department, and it's spreading.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Olympia, WA

    ProsCoworkers 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPractice what you preach.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Not the best job I've ever had

    Consultant (Former Employee) Olympia, WA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    As large public sector organization they can do better for the state and for employees

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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