Mission: In my role I direct the statewide recruiting and succession planning program, serving as a strategic advisor to the Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources. I provide leadership on the philosophy, design, and implementation of the State of Tennessee's ...
I have been working at State of Tennessee full-time (More than 10 years)
Constant stream of work. There's never a dull / boring moment. The days often fly by. Weekends, holidays, annual and sick leave. Stable career. Great benefits / retirement, etc.
Let me first say this... I love my job and certainly don't mean for any of this to be offensive or cause a backlash on me. With that said; Communication can be a bit lacking, but lately I've definitely seen this improving. Very VERY few tools to do your job. Often find that employees have to supply their own tools to get the job done. Stress can often be pretty high. Old computer equipment. We used to use flip phones for a long time. We've recently been given iPhone 6s's though! They are great!
Advice to Management
Let me first say this... I love my job and certainly don't mean for any of this to be offensive or cause a backlash on me. With that said;
Provide employees with the tools they need to do their job. I realize there are budgets in place and that can cause restrictions, but it shouldn't be a computer technician's responsibility to purchase a USB drive in order to backup data for customer's who are receiving new computers. It's a daily standard for data backup/recovery. I've spent well over $200 on USB HDD's just to do my job as a computer tech for the State of Tennessee. I was and still am willing to spend my own money to keep our great state employee's happy, but it honestly shouldn't be coming out of my expenses (that's what taxes are for, right?)
Old and quickly declining computer equipment that has been out of warranty for years is, well, quite honestly sad and disappointing to employees who have a job to do and often require computer equipment to do that job.
For an agency that is required to travel so much (over large distances) it seems odd that we (techs) are firmly stationed in the same locations together. Granted, we do have techs spread out all over the state, but you'll often see some areas where the territory covered can require upwards of 3 hours travel (to and from locations); when we have technicians who live in areas MUCH closer to the location(s) that are needing a tech onsite.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at State of Tennessee (Weakley, TN).
Sat down with 3 guys. Asked a bunch of nonsensical questions. Questioned my integrity. Pretty sure if I was a man I would have been treated differently. Thrown on the eligible list
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