I have been working at Texas Health and Human Services Commission full-time (More than 3 years)
Employees are empowered and engaged. Management encourages independent thinking, and welcomes ideas for change. Management supports personal and professional development, and will invest accordingly.
State government offers generally lower pay rates for the same work done in the commercial marketplace. Career advancement usually requires you leave your current position and apply for a new more senior one.
Advice to Management
Continue to push the state legislature to approve vertical promotions, for leadership roles. This would allow for well qualified people to remain in an agency or program. Maturity through vertical matriculation, will result in the best candidates for in top leadership positions.
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Texas Health and Human Services Commission (Austin, TX) in July 2015.
It started out in front of two of the department heads, with a question session, then finished with a skills test. The test covered spreadsheet construction and accounting entries for payroll discrepancies found in a state contractor.
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