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California Department of Health Services CEO Jennifer Kent
Jennifer Kent
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great training offered, nice people, good location downtown(in 3 reviews)

  • "Stable pay and job security are great things(in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "The upper management do not say anything to managers and let them do what the want(in 6 reviews)

  • "Low Salary, does not take into account previous private sector experience, antiquated systems, wants quantity not quality(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Medical Case Management Section"

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    Former Employee - Senior Clerk 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at California Department of Health Services for more than 20 years

    Pros

    You are a valuable asset to your team.

    Cons

    Was transferred around too much.

    Advice to Management

    Revise retraining methods to ensure employees are a good fit in the new team they were transferred into.

    California Department of Health Services2019-02-04
  2. "Cliques, drama, and sabotage, oh my!"

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Department of Health Services full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    SPAWDB is a great training program for both new and experienced state workers. Great place to get your foot in the door with state service and get ahead if you're stuck in low-income private sector jobs.

    Cons

    While drama exists everywhere, DHCS OLS is beyond awful. Even when you're just trying to be courteous to everyone equally, some people will start ignoring you and giving sideways eyes just because you are nice to people they don't like. Very cliquish. Coworkes who love to start rumors and gossip (most who are overly friendly when you first start tend to be gathering ammo to use against you later, and give you the cold...

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    Advice to Management

    OLS needs an enema. When the egos of team managers are allowed to run amok with favoritism, and gossip and cliques are not kept in check, and people are allowed to exclude and ostracize others, everyone suffers. Also, don't be so rigid - a relaxed atmosphere is more conducive to a proactive work environment. No one is better than anyone else just because they spent more on college.

    California Department of Health Services2019-03-12
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not forward looking"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of Health Services full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    It's a paycheck and if your goal is to simply warm a seat, have low expectations set for you, and chill out and await retirement it is not a bad gig.

    Cons

    Way behind in both organizational structure, management and technology. Feels like the department is still run the way it was back how things were done in the 1980s. Management is all about the rules and not empowerment and if you have a management need they are not there to help. A complete lack of planning so projects always late or done the wrong way, and no forward looking technology (or even 30 year old technology...

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    Advice to Management

    Honestly none, because management is most of the problem. I think a lot of people would like to see change but that can't happen when managers are not trained in the skills of management.

    California Department of Health Services2019-03-06
  4. "Its a job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of Health Services full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    It's a stable job doing analytical work

    Cons

    Office politics makes sure you're probably not going to be promoted

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement and lying is not appreciated

    California Department of Health Services2018-09-13
  5. "Health program manager"

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    Current Employee - Health Program Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of Health Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, friendly co workers, ability to transfer

    Cons

    Inaccessible boss/always a “fire” going on

    California Department of Health Services2018-08-09
  6. "Great Department to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of Health Services full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Supportive environment, flexible management, opportunities for upward mobility

    Cons

    Parking, Lack of knowledge sharing between divisions

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work away from working in a "silo" environment and instead more collaborative, information sharing, etc.

    California Department of Health Services2018-07-14
  7. "Great job experience"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends

      I worked at California Department of Health Services part-time

      Pros

      Great supervisors, good location, amazing co-workers.

      Cons

      Mainly the parking situation but you just had a park a little farther. Good on sunny days, bad on rainy ones.

      California Department of Health Services2018-07-14
    • "Workplace"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends

      I have been working at California Department of Health Services

      Pros

      Everyone wants to help the kids

      Cons

      None, it is a great place to work

      California Department of Health Services2018-06-28
    • "Audits and Investigations (A&I)"

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      Former Employee - Auditor in Sacramento, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at California Department of Health Services full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      I don't have anything positive to say about this place.

      Cons

      -From my experience, managers behave unethically; they ask auditors to audit the providers to a desired result. They are obsessed with ROI (return on investment). What investment? you are doing compliance audit of government programs. -Manager's ego is through the roof; almost all managers are not CPAs and they have never worked in private sector or done financial auditing; so, they waste time by going through every...

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      California Department of Health Services2018-08-01
    • Helpful (2)

      "great place to work!"

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      Current Employee - Health Program Specialist in Sacramento, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at California Department of Health Services full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      The mission of the Department aligns with my personal mission. Flexible schedules. A pension! Health Benefits!! A union. Stability. The area around the capitol is a nice place to work.

      Cons

      Difficult/ too long to get hired/promoted. The hiring process is nearly inscrutable for people applying outside state government.

      Advice to Management

      Promote from within. Aggressively pursue budget change proposals for new staff. Find ways to reduce work load without compromising quality.

      California Department of Health Services2018-05-25
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