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.
11 holidays per year is nice Sick leave allowance is sufficient Health benefits are not nearly as good as they were 2 years ago
I especially appreciate the benefits offered through the state of Colorado.
You get Annual Leave, Paid Sick Leave, Paid Holidays, 401K/PERA options.
Best thing. $720 annual contribution to HSA account. Worst thing is all employees must participate in PERA but the Legislature refuses to provide funding.
There are different packages to choose from.
The best thing about working for the state is the pension and retirement package. The worst is the low pay.
Colorado PERA with accompanied accidental death life insurance, Group plan health coverage choice between Kaiser and United, (pre-tax decuction)Flex accounts for health and/or childcare expenses, Dental, paid time off with accrual that increases with time of service, mental health services which includes somewhere around six free therapy sessions per year, membership to a variety of agreed upon discounts with recognizable service providers and retailers displayed on a website referred to as Perkspot that has updates and changes but typically incorporates cell phone service providers and internet providers.
The retirement package is great, but the insurance options suck.