I have been working at State of Connecticut full-time (More than 10 years)
Good work, good environment, meaningful work. Good benefits.
Public perception of state employees is poor.
I applied online. I interviewed at State of Connecticut (Wethersfield, CT).
For well paid State employees they are the most miserable bunch of hiring managers I ever run across. Six of them in the room and I never felt so uncomfortable and the tension in the room....whoooa I could have cut it with a knife. On one side of the table there was one "tough guy" that thought he was God's gift to the world. lol Slouched down in his chair, his hand supporting the side of his head, his ego was ready to explode. He had this look on his face like I was wasting his precious time and for me to hurry up so he could go back to playing games on his computer. This just goes to show, they may get paid extremely well but the most unhappy people on the planet. I learned something out of that interview - money does not buy happiness. I am truly thankful that I was not selected for the position. I couldn't imagine working with any one of them. Oh I take that back, there was one nice woman that actually smiled at me.