California Department of State Hospitals Reviews

Updated Feb 17, 2021

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California Department of State Hospitals Director Stephanie Clendenin
Stephanie Clendenin
4 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay, good benefits, good job stability(in 10 reviews)

  • "Team-oriented, great schedule, great benefits(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great benefits, easiest job you will ever have as a nurse"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Atascadero, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of State Hospitals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    high salary, unlimited overtime, safe, easiest money, you get paid to babysit adults who can mostly take care of themselves

    Cons

    you might get punched or beat up by patients, it can be difficult to work in close proximity with other nurses and psych techs. Your supervisors and even the nursing coordinators are psych techs.

  2. "Student Position"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Patton, CA

    I have been working at California Department of State Hospitals part-time

    Pros

    Some flexibility depending on department

    Cons

    Not assigned to departments related to schooling


  3. "Great Mission, Awesome organization, and Valuable career experience/satisfaction!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of State Hospitals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Mission, Awesome organization, and Valuable career experience/satisfaction

    Cons

    More career growth would be great and promoting from within should be increased

  4. Helpful (1)

    "You can do better"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of State Hospitals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great state benefits and salary

    Cons

    Not a place to grow yourself or your career. Turnover is very high and management is very cliquey. If you did well in high school cliques then you should totally join.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "It's a decent job."

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Psychiatric Technician in Atascadero, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of State Hospitals full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Can be fun.

    Cons

    It can be very dangerous and there's lots of mandatory overtime.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse 

    I have been working at California Department of State Hospitals full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and job security

    Cons

    Poor management, lots of bureaucracy and paperwork, confusing management system

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  7. "Former RN"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse (Safety) 

    I worked at California Department of State Hospitals full-time

    Pros

    Good training, great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Can be dangerous, lots of middle management

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  8. "-"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Registered Dietitian in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Department of State Hospitals full-time

    Pros

    great benefits by the state

    Cons

    work culture because it's the state

  9. "Challenging place to work"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Atascadero, CA

    I worked at California Department of State Hospitals part-time

    Pros

    Hard working coworkers, good people

    Cons

    Cold, rigid environment, bureaucratic and stifling

  10. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at California Department of State Hospitals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working at DSH. The workload is reasonable and the staff are awesome. A fun place to work.

    Cons

    Typical downtown Sacramento parking Expense.

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