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CDSS Reviews

Updated 12 Aug 2019

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Douglas D. Park
9 Ratings
  1. "okay pay."

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    Former Employee - Care Taker in
    Recommends

    I worked at CDSS

    Pros

    self supervised for most part.

    Cons

    have difficult clients at times.

    Advice to Management

    none

    CDSS2012-02-28
  2. "Working here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at CDSS

    Pros

    Help people in diverse populations . Flexible hours. Friendly administration. Grateful recipIents. Friendly coworkers. Good at increasing hours if asked for.

    Cons

    No room for salary increase . Doing the same work over and over without any room for growth or learning. Not possible to increase skill level on the job

    Advice to Management

    Offer opportunities for advancement and growth. Offer increases in salaries and additional training. Offer more jobs that do not need cars.

    CDSS2010-10-20
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Analyst at Headquarters"

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

    I worked at CDSS full-time for 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...

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    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.

    CDSS2016-04-12
  4. Helpful (8)

    "Worst Job Ever. No balance. Stay away unless you know what you're getting into."

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    Current Employee - Licensing Program Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDSS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible schedule, some co-workers are decent, potential to help those in need and get rid of bad apples, job security.

    Cons

    Crushing workload, dysfunctional system, heartbreaking cases, bureaucracy. You're constantly exposed to the dregs of society and the mistreatment of children. Mind-numbing, energy-draining, miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Whatever it is that you need to do to get more staff, find a way to do it. Bring retired staff back, get student assistants, interns, etc. DO NOT throw your new staff into a trial by fire. It will backfire. Give your staff the right tools for the job.

    CDSS2014-09-20
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Overwhelming"

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    Current Employee - Disability Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at CDSS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The staff are very pleasant

    Cons

    Overloaded with cases and paperwork. It is too much work for what you are paid. If you like to feel like you have a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. DONT'WORK HERE! I am trying to find a way out.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down your training schedule, it is overwhelming!!!!

    CDSS2013-09-12
  6. "Support your local Caregiver Union!"

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    Former Employee - In Home Caregiver in Eureka, CA

    I worked at CDSS

    Pros

    If you need income and are not a hopeless screw-up you can find work as a caregiver. If you are serious about the job there is a lot of opportunity to do some real good out there.

    Cons

    Low pay, no benefits. This was not even a legally protected occupation until last year, meaning no matter how many hours you worked you were never eligible for overtime pay. Also Caregiving is the most prone-to-injury occupation in the US, it's really easy to get burned out because the downside to there always being available work is that there is ALWAYS available work.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the 33 hour training course offered in 2010 as soon as you can. It taught me a lot about the responsibilities of ethics inherent to this job that many of my peers that came after the class stopped just have no understanding of.

    CDSS2012-05-07
  7. "The good, the bad, and the ugly life of a LPA"

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    Former Employee - Licensing Program Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDSS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The mission: To protect and serve the children in the community

    Cons

    Management and above are not following the mission and causes us to wonder what’s the point of our position?

    Advice to Management

    Learn LEADERSHIP skills and INTER-PERSONAL skills

    CDSS2019-07-19
  8. "Bad management at 5th floor Disability Evaluation Analysts"

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    Former Employee - Disability Examiner in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CDSS full-time

    Pros

    None that I can think of, get in and out while you can and get experience

    Cons

    Embarrassed you in front of all employees to see who passed probation and who did not. Luncheon to celebrate people who passed but complete disregard to people who didn’t. Management does not practice emotional intelligence with they staff. Therefore employees moral is low which trickles down to how they service the public. There needs to be an Internal Audit Investigation there ASAP.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your management and employees Take some emotional intelligence classes

    CDSS2019-03-21
  9. Helpful (5)

    "This place is all about office politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDSS full-time

    Pros

    Meeting interesting colleagues where you can develop relationships outside of work.

    Cons

    You can be the hardest worker, the best employee in terms of production, and have the most experience; but all that will not get you recognition. What will get you recognition with management, is sucking up to them as much as possible. If you are a friend of the manager, you will not have to do as much works as others, you will be put on "special projects", and you will rise up faster. You can pretty much see how...

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    Advice to Management

    There will be a time when you get older or retire, and you will think about all the people you have thrown under the bus to get to where you are. Just know that you spent your whole career being a snake in the grass, rather than doing any meaningful work to improve the world.

    CDSS2017-09-27
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging place to work"

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

    I worked at CDSS

    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.

    CDSS2015-10-20
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