I worked at New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection full-time (More than 10 years)
Great people who take care of one another, most management and staff have worked together for a long time so there are few barriers to interaction, employees are dedicate to the improving things for NJ residents (and for business where it isn't a conflict/controversy), the workday is seven hours providing great work-life balance and ability to put in extra hours without sacrificing too much family time, salaries are generally higher than other States - but so is the cost of living. I can't say enough good things about this agency. There is a huge sense of contribution as a public servant.
Things can get political and while I was never asked to do something unethical, the State swings Democrat-Republican-Democrat so no matter your affiliation you'll be at odds with policies from Gov's office at some point AND you must work the priorities of the day, you need a thick skin, you'll be criticized by the left-right-middle as managing conflicting interests often ends with all parties being unsatisfied - if not with one decision then with the next.
Advice to Management
Increase the interaction between Programs towards desired larger goals, develop a communication framework that ensures each Program optimizes up-down flow of information between management and staff, create staff development plans that ensure people are growing and ready for technical and leadership roles, reduce barriers between appointed and career managers at the highest levels.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (Trenton, NJ) in February 2015.
I was first contacted to see if I was interested in the position. We agreed on a time for an interview and I went to the NJDEP in Trenton where the interview was held. I met with 7 people at once in a conference room. Each person was apart of a different concentration of GIS and each had questions for me. I was eventually notified by email with their decision.
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