For new employees, benefits aren't as strong as they once were, but 401Ks are matched up to 8%
You'll be forced to plan for retirment
Health Insurance is expensive and PERA is not stable
Consistent is how it is issued for all employees. Very little subjectivity.
The pay was not good compared to the private sector.
PTO and retirement are above average. Medical/Dental premiums are affordable but the insurance policy (co-pays, out of pocket) are below average
Good vacation, health insurance and RTD pass.
There isn't a best thing. They take so much out of your check just to pay for health insurance.
Health care is the worst part of the benefits package as there are basically two options and neither of them are comprehensive enough to cover costs if anything major occurs.
Best: Health insurance, holidays, annual leave, and sick pay. Worst: PERA used to be a great benefit but is beginning to cost more than the value. Employees currently contribute 8% of their pay. Due to poor leadership at PERA, this may soon turn into 11% with a provision to go to 13%. Not many State workers I know can afford to have 13% of their already low wages taken. Compared to the 6% private sector employees give to social security: Anyone considering State employment should take a hard look at if they can afford this.
List based on reports from current and former employees. It may not be complete.