California Department of Health Services Sacramento Reviews

Updated Jan 13, 2021

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California Department of Health Services Director Jennifer Kent
Jennifer Kent
12 Ratings
  1. "Systems Analyst overseeing multiple complex projects"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Information Systems Analyst in West Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Department of Health Services full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed the responsibility of overseeing multiple high profile projects which impacted internal and external customers. Accomplishing hurdles others could not complete in the past.

    Cons

    Difficult working through the several levels of leadership to obtain decisions and to move forward to gain results.

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  2. "review"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Staff Services Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Health Services full-time

    Pros

    the benefits is good and salary is stable.

    Cons

    it is bureaucratic and slow.


  3. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Department of Health Services full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible schedule, and retirement package

    Cons

    Unmotivated employees, bureaucracy, and nepotism

  4. "Its an ok place to work"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some opportunity to grow. Good benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Managers are clueless No direction Siloed organization

  5. "Very professional place to be"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    plenty of opportunity for lateral movement

    Cons

    high turnover in my division

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  6. "Analyst"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Department of Health Services full-time

    Pros

    nice people working with you

    Cons

    bureaucracy and sometimes unclear requirements that need hotfixes

  7. "More like the Office of Mental Problems / Lannisters"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Attorney in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Department of Health Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice park nearby. Good in-house training. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    For anyone who's watched GoT, it's like working with the Lannisters. Extreme bully culture. People drunk on authority, act like they're better than everyone else ("How DARE you question me?!"), and a general atmosphere of paranoia. Shady promotional practices - some promotions don't even follow standard procedure; e.g. promoting in place with no formal interview process (highly illegal, even among the non-attorney positions), while the honest hard workers are abused, never promoted, given work outside their scope, and have complaints filed against them/give bad work references so they're trapped. Anyone who doesn't suck up enough are purposely given confusing directions on assignments as "evidence" to reject on probation. Even though there's a lot of down-time, management acts like clock-watchers. Bored people who stalk you and make formal complaints over the silliest things. Lots of superiority/inferiority complexes. VERY cliquish, lots of gossip (seriously, doesn't matter how "nice" they are at first, they're just getting ammo to use against you later). Exclusion based on classism, and lots of sexism (80% female office, many of which purposely try to provoke men into awkward situations to get them into trouble). After a switch in upper management, it's only gotten worse - some literally shove people out of the way to grab a print-out or office supplies. It's bad enough groups of people socializing are so oblivious while blocking doorways and hallways they get offended when someone needs to get by. Mass exodus of staff (clerical support and legal) since the management switch.

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  8. "Steady work, challanging and interesting"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - ITS II in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Department of Health Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You work adds value to the community, and you get the benefits of a guaranteed benefits program.

    Cons

    Staff are very defensive and thin skinned.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "DHCS OLS"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Staff in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Department of Health Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great stepping-stone opportunity to get out of low-wage no-benefit private service sector and have job security. Great free education via in-agency training division (MS Office, self-management, etc.). The very, very few actually decent people who are stuck there, or biding their time until they find better. Nice park nearby.

    Cons

    Like high school days of drama, cliques, reputation-damaging gossip, and projected insecurity everywhere you go. An unnecessarily competitive and self-entitled atmosphere where you never know where you stand with anyone. Arrogant uptight and highly emotionally reactive people who think "because I said so" magically gets the job done, without any further communication between those involved or guidance, and still get blamed when their "because I said so" didn't magically make it happen how and when they wanted. Given the silent treatment and complained about over a minor statement or other inconsequential action that others perceive as offensive. People who perpetuate gossip or telling new-comers "don't talk to that person!". Always have to question the intentions of others and walk on eggshells. You'll never get a word in, even with casual conversations - don't dare talk about anything that makes you different or sound like you've made efforts to improve yourself, or someone might feel inferior. Covert narcissism and being shoved out of the way by people who don't realize they could be gone tomorrow and be replaced in a matter of months, or their policies changed by a matter of votes or lawsuit. They may claim their mission is Health Care Services, but you'd think you were in a prosecution office with these toxic personalities. Being victimized by narcissists who constantly threaten to fail you on probation, gaslight you, stalk you all day to contradict their directions 5 minutes later, force you into retirement, or seek employment elsewhere just because you have the self-respect to question them and think for yourself.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Trying to change"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT 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 5 years

    Pros

    New, motivated upper management that is trying to instill culture change to better improve services and products to customers.

    Cons

    Still in the learning curve of said culture but I appreciate the effort and transparency.

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