Washington State Department Of Ecology

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Washington State Department Of Ecology Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. eyc crew member

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Washington State Department Of Ecology as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great experience for someone young and looking for easy honest work

    Cons

    picking up litter in the hot sun

    Advice to Management

    keep your crew members in check


  2. Washington State Ecology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Washington State Department Of Ecology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    All work is local to a region of the state. Therefore not a lot of travel required. Good training support. Mid-level management is supportive and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Poor pay compared to private and other government agencies and little growth potential. Little or no support from upper management and state legislature. There have not been any raises for seven years. Conditions appear only to be getting worse.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people. The staff is your most valuable asset and retention of quality staff is critical to the mission and health of the state. County and city worker make more than state worker in comparable fields. Need to have regional pay compensation.


  3. Good place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State Department Of Ecology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, no issues if you need to take time off, alter your schedule, leave early to handle family matters, etc; no expectation to work beyond 40 hrs per week Supportive management, your ideas are heard Good people, highly motivated by environmental ethic Meaningful and interesting work

    Cons

    Lower pay within industry, Staff reach salary max early and "top out" Level of public scrutiny Professional jealousy, egotistical employees, examples of "dueling scientists" and battles over data, etc. Tendency to be bureaucratic when not necessary

    Advice to Management

    Address salary issues


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  5. Friendly atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Olympia, WA
    Current Employee - Developer in Olympia, WA

    I have been working at Washington State Department Of Ecology

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement into higher levels. The staff were very friendly. Lots of fun events and a nice trail to walk.

    Cons

    Pay wasn't competitive compared to private companies. Once you reached a certain level there wasn't any room for growth.


  6. Take high quality of life over pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Washington State Department Of Ecology full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Fairness and decent benefits, low travel, good job stability. Stop getting bossed around by The Man!

    Cons

    Pay and advancement is meager. Culture of complaining, there are bureaucrats who cannot see how to negotiate the gray area, but overall the stress is low.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Job entails understanding, interpreting and applying regulations.

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    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Olympia, WA
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Olympia, WA

    I have been working at Washington State Department Of Ecology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Location is great, and workload is moderate.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities is the biggest downside.

    Advice to Management

    The whole show could run a more efficiently if a better relationship with union was in place.


  8. Great Experience overall

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Crew-Member in Renton, WA
    Former Contractor - Crew-Member in Renton, WA

    I worked at Washington State Department Of Ecology as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great training opportunities, meaningful work (for the most part), and a great crew to work with

    Cons

    Low pay, but thats sort of the point. The work is very physical, which can be good or bad depending on the person


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Lacey, WA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Lacey, WA

    I have been working at Washington State Department Of Ecology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall management is very supportive. It varies among programs. There's good work/life balance and flexible schedules. The building is a nice environment with wooded trails right outside. During your lunch hour you can take wellness classes like yoga, Nia dance or Zumba. I've worked with a lot of nice people who are committed to doing a good job and care about the goals of the agency. Upper management regularly communicates with staff.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth and pay is below average, but it's worth it to me for the good work environment and contributing to improved environmental management.


  10. A good place to get started in your career

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    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist II in Lacey, WA
    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist II in Lacey, WA

    I worked at Washington State Department Of Ecology

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff, relaxing environment, low stress, stable job, good benefit and vacation package, management is supportive in training employees, managers provide good performance feedback.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth, pay is lower than the industry average, a little too slow paced. When it comes to layoff, it's by seniority rather than the employee performance.

    Advice to Management

    Please take employee performance into consideration when it comes to lay off.


  11. Interesting for new employees, not much advancement opportunities after a few years.

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    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Washington State Department Of Ecology

    Pros

    Doing important work for the community.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities, pay is not equal to similar jobs in private sector.

    Advice to Management

    More advancement opportunities, location pay and incentives for trained employees to stay.



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