I have been working at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania full-time
Excellent benefits, 37.5 hour work week, telephone comute, alternative schedule, mentoring program, pension after ten years, supervisors allow maximum independence, union membership
Frequent travel even if you have children, annual performance review biased against introverted people, work flow depends on supervisor, pension deduct
Advice to Management
Ask employees about policy before changing it, offer students loan repayment, look to other states for innovation and other policy
I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in May 2010.
You either have to take a test to get in or you are given a score based on your experience. Apply away, but everything at the state is extremely SLOW. You can start a new position somewhere else before they get around to calling you. Also - they are bound by Union rules, in that they have to interview "X" amount of people prior to filling a position. More often than not, an internal candidate or a "friend" has already been picked, but they have to go through the "motions" to appease the union contract.
There is NO negotiation, pay is what they offer and time off is granted by years of service.
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