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Updated December 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and great work schedule (in 10 reviews)

  • There are a lot of good people there working for a worthy cause (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Unsupportive and disorganized upper management (in 3 reviews)

  • Management/supervisors are frequently in their position because they know someone who knows someone (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Best job I've ever had"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    This review is for Department of Human Services. Great collaborative environment, important work affecting county's most vulnerable, very strong analytic unit, senior management very supportive and willing to innovate.

    Cons

    None really. You must be driven to make an impact in the public sector.


  2. "ACDHS"

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    Current Employee - Personnel Analyst II in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Personnel Analyst II in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allegheny County full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people there working for a worthy cause.

    Cons

    Favoritism. If you are a direct service worker your supervisor makes or breaks you.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize the performance reviews.

  3. "Low salary, invisible work, poor management."

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    Current Employee - Caseworker in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Caseworker in Pittsburgh, PA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Allegheny County full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office facility, snack bar, reasonably comfy office chairs, office is usually at a comfy temperature, government job, benefits, each day is different.

    Cons

    LOW SALARY! Tight deadlines, broken court system, mediocre training program, leadership has poor communication tactics, micromanagement, not fair about travel reimbursements.

    Advice to Management

    Please begin paying more for the work CW do. We go into decrepit, infested, deplorable, unsealed, and dangerous homes for less money than an Aldi's cashier. There's too much of a learning curve for a CW: the court system, the laws, the assessments, the database, the processes. This job doesn't completely reimburse you for parking, either. I do like the office space, though.


  4. "You don’t listen to any of us!"

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    Current Employee - Clerical in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Clerical in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Allegheny County full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1) Healthcare benefits.
    2) I like my chair.
    3) Good to work at for a year or less to get some experience. Do not stay longer than five years or they will suck you in until you retire.

    Cons

    Oh, where to begin???

    1) Management/supervisors are like the mean girls from the movie Mean Girls, even if they’re men.

    2) Management/supervisors are frequently in their position because they know someone who knows someone. No one that I’ve ever known was there because they worked hard to get there. One was a temp for a few months, then was suddenly a manager. That person had zero management experience and it showed in all that they did. Overbearing micromanaging, screaming at people, and acting like a total loon. Of course they were promoted.

    3) Remember high school and how you graduated? Even if you didn’t graduate, you aren’t in high school anymore. Thse people in management act every day as if they did not leave high school. They love their cliques.

    4) If you’re not in a clique of theirs, you don’t exist (except for when they deem you as being in trouble). I was walking side by side with a fellow employee one day and a manager walking by us said “Hi, Amanda” to that woman walking next to me but not me.

    6) There is no room for advancement unless you’re in their clique.

    Advice to Management

    1) Listen to your employees. Suggestions made by them to you are not threats to your job. They are ways to be more productive.

    2) Treat them like family you enjoy spending time with. We spend 8 hours a day with you. Stop making us regret it.

    3) Happy employees are more productive. What’s more important? Your ego or increasing productivity and having a healthy work environment? So many places are emotionally and mentally toxic that it’s ridiculous.


  5. "Registered Nurse"

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    Former Employee - Nurse in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Nurse in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allegheny County full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great mission - helping vulnerable people. Great boss. Interesting work

    Cons

    low salary, pay based on tenure, not performance

    Advice to Management

    Institute performance based employee reviews and salary increases


  6. "CISP"

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    Former Employee - Community Monitor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Community Monitor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allegheny County full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Starting pay is not bad for the industry.
    Chance to help juveniles who got into trouble

    Cons

    Schedule is trash unless you prefer 2nd shift
    Administration is oblivious to a lot of the in house and CISP wide problems
    Too much pride from Administration, too often you feel your input does not matter
    Too much favoritism by upper management / Too many brown-nosers

    Advice to Management

    Let go of the pompous attitude and really make changes, actually listen to staff and actually fix the problems they have if reasonable.
    Add incentives to overworked employees, it would not hurt to receive a bonus (money) of appreciation to staff that does the job right.
    Let go of dead weight workers and have more staff appreciation events.


  7. "Caseworkers are not valued for the incredible work they do every day."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Allegheny County full-time

    Pros

    Work with children, help families who really need it; professional development and supportive coworkers.

    Cons

    Extremely overworked, high caseloads - to the point that completing the job successfully is nearly impossible. High stress. Caseworkers and supervisors are not supported by higher management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees with respect. Realize that one person cannot be in multiple places at once. When a worker is stressed, that affects the quality of their work with families and the kids always end up suffering.

  8. "No room for advancement and don't even think about bringing in new ideas. You'll get shut down."

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allegheny County full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The manager was very understanding of personal needs and was very easy to work with. Loved my coworkers that turned into friends.

    Cons

    I did not like it there. Everything was a con. Had a harassment files against a coworker and they did nothing to resolve it. Very hostile environment.


  9. "An Officer and Gentleman"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Allegheny County full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Development of programs for the Juvenile inmates is rewarding.

    Cons

    It can be a stressful job at times and the hours can be long.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a plan to curbing the forced overtime situation.


  10. "Bureaucracy at its finest"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allegheny County part-time

    Pros

    Hours of work, reasonable benefits, decent retirement package

    Cons

    Pay, rewards for work performance, nepotism


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