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CDSS Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. "In Home Service Recipient"

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    Former Employee - Ihss Provider in Pico Rivera, CA
    Former Employee - Ihss Provider in Pico Rivera, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDSS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping someone to get through their day to day activities and chores. Being able to offer a service and in turn their quality of life improves.

    Cons

    I had absolutely no me time. I worked around the clock, 24/7 even if I had gone past my available hours. It took its toll on me.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, no need to offer any advice as my employer did a great job of making sure I was taken care of.


  2. "Middle managers can sometimes be tough"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDSS (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, nice work environment

    Cons

    low salary
    long probation
    some managers micro-manage


  3. "Investigator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sworn Investigator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sworn Investigator in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Rewarding work, Great deal of autonomy to get investigations completed.

    Cons

    non-competitive salary relative to local jurisdictions.


  4. "In home cargiver"

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    Former Employee - Cargiver in Oroville, CA
    Former Employee - Cargiver in Oroville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CDSS part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I Love helping people to do things

    Cons

    don't like it when your client dies, and she happens to be your mother too

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work out there people!!!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Office Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant (Typing) in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant (Typing) in Orange, CA

    I have been working at CDSS full-time

    Pros

    Easy to get time-off
    Location- next to outdoor mall and food places.
    Co-workers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Everything takes forever to get approved
    Slow
    Not to many job opportunities unless you move to Sacramento


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst at Headquarters"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDSS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Besides typical state job benefits, the location is nice, and has a great cafeteria.

    Cons

    Most units are totally dysfunctional due to bad management, high-school politics, and poorly-functioning bureaucratic methodology. Catty coworkers, extreme workloads, and mismanagement everywhere. Do NOT try to be a forward-thinking, intelligent employee, because middle-management will feel threatened by it. You'll be promised promotions in order to keep you working hard, but these magical promotions will never occur due to supposed "Backlogs in paperwork in HR." Non-stop drama and frustrations, and employees are not given the tools and power to get their jobs done well and efficiently. Management then tries to keep moral up by having constant potlucks, which only helps improve morale for a few hours.

    I watched MANY people quit out of frustration, workplace harassment issues, and general unhappiness. Many left for other state departments, and told me that things ran much better at the new department. Some of us were so burnt out on this department that we left the state system completely.

    Oh, and the head of the department doesn't believe in using the Oxford comma.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think there's any saving the system as it is. But at the very least, quit placing managers who don't know how to manage, or have no actual experience in the offices they are supposed to run.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no major pros to working there at this time.

    Cons

    Best managers have left, replaced by employees who do not have the training, experience or temperament to be in mid or upper management. Management does not train or develop employees, does not value or support employees. Demoralizing place to work. Political connections seem to be key to getting promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Provide training and support to managers and employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Bureaucracy is priority"

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    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    At least you feel like you're trying to contribute to a better world...

    Cons

    Antiquated processes
    Inflexible scheduling
    Politicking among management is priority

    Advice to Management

    Buck the outdated "chain of command" mentality and workflow. It's lame and thwarts collaboration, innovation, and kills motivation. Let egos go, and let people do good work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "State Employment is a mixed bag."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Services Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Management Services Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    State employment could be great if conditions are right. It all depends on the people you work with and your supervisors. I had a generally positive experience with the supervisors, but had trouble working with individual employees. State benefits are great and once you pass your probation it's almost impossible to get fired.

    Cons

    The opportunity for advancement is slow. It's difficult to advance because you have to take exams, but with enough effort, you will get there. I had a generally positive experience with the supervisors, but had trouble working with individual employees. The "analyst" positions are more desirable than the office technician or management service technician positions because they allow you to do more interesting work.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work more on creating a more positive work environment.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A unique and rewarding learning experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Licensing Program Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Licensing Program Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A chance to make a difference in the lives of the elderly and dependent adults living in long term care.

    Cons

    Heavy work load with constant changes.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the micromanagement.


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