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California Employment Development Department Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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California Employment Development Department Director Patrick W. Henning
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Pros
  • Job security, great place for "free riders" if some one just wants to get by and do a lousy job (in 12 reviews)

  • You're helping people who really want to find a job (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • over workloads, not much room for advancement, does not pay well (in 4 reviews)

  • Correspondence with upper management is necessary a majority of the time and can be quite stressful (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "epr"

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    Current Employee - EPR in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - EPR in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at California Employment Development Department full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible hours, reliable job, helping people

    Cons

    doesn't allow you to innovate, not flexible in program development

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Student Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Employment Development Department part-time

    Pros

    It is a good place to start if you are a college student working as a Student Assistant. Working as a Student Assistant, you learn a lot of valuable skills that you can carry over to the next job you would like to go into and it can open more opportunities. Sometimes the work can be challenging, but it is rewarding in the end. Their are flexible work hours and you don't have to work on holidays or weekends. Their is usually a set schedule of Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm, so by 5pm you are out the door. If you plan to stay working for the state after being a Student Assistant, their are good secured benefits for the long term.

    Cons

    Hours can be cut because of budgets. Their is a lot of favoritism. Those who work very hard don't get recognized by management. When their are meetings and the staff makes suggestions on changes or address problems in certain areas , it is usually ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the workers who work hard and appreciate them. When staff makes suggestions for changes or address problems, listen to them and see what improvements can be made.

  3. "EPR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Employment Development Department full-time

    Pros

    The job is repetitive, easy

    Cons

    once you are in the position your next step is to go into management but the managers never leave so you are in a dead end job.

    Advice to Management

    provide more projects for staff to work on in order to promote


  4. "Present Employer"

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    Current Employee - Program Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Program Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at California Employment Development Department full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Receive a monthly salary with a union contract.

    Cons

    Management has work around to create unpleasant working conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Use integrity as with private companies.


  5. "College Student Position"

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

    I have been working at California Employment Development Department part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, Great Staff, Ability to grow within.

    Cons

    The only real downside is the "Monthly Pay"


  6. "Staff services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Employment Development Department full-time

    Pros

    It is one of the largest state agencies and working for the state has great benefits including CalPers, sick time, vacation, and medical.

    Cons

    It is team dependent and lots of union versus management issues. Some departments have perpetual complaints from employees against management. Employee attrition is very high and work is very slow.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more mobility for employees and more offsite team buildings to focus on employee morale. Try to focus on employee retention.


  7. "Good work, good people (Sacramento CA)"

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Employment Development Department part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The workers and management value positive employee interaction. Chain of command works well. Plenty of training. Healthy work environment.

    Cons

    Needed more hours to be able to earn a living wage.

  8. "Great health and retirement benefits...for now."

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    Current Employee - Tax Auditor (Range B) in Van Nuys, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor (Range B) in Van Nuys, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Employment Development Department full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Health and retirement benefits. Plenty of room for promotion since many people are retiring in the next few years.

    Cons

    No bonuses or cost of living adjustments. Plus the Union leader is weak. Do not join! It's the government so there is obviously a lot of rules and regulations to remember.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Really good job!"

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    Current Employee - SSA in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - SSA in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Employment Development Department full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. No more 80 hour weeks for me!
    Good, passionate people. This includes middle management.
    Lots of career opportunity if you want to work hard.
    Stability, stability, stability.
    Great benefits.
    Good location for public transit.
    You are helping the sick and the poor. That feels a lot better than selling some widget.

    Cons

    Everyone says low pay, but just try working for a startup! The pay is not bad at EDD, especially considering the gold-plated benefits package.
    Commute can be a drag if you drive in.
    Working in the call center must suck... Good thing I don't!
    Old building, but still not the worst in downtown (that honor belongs to BoE).
    EDD has a bad reputation among the claimants (but I've seen it from the inside and the people here work their behinds off. They do everything they can with the funding they have.)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. "Tax Auditor - San Jose"

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    Current Employee - Tax Auditor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Auditor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Employment Development Department full-time

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance
    Promotional Opportunities
    Pension availability if you stay on the job
    Friendly and interesting co-workers
    Learning about different type of employers

    Cons

    Salary is low (40k) relative to others in the first year
    Management lacks positive motivation
    A few negative people that keeps talking about how bad the job is but can't find a new job after 6 months

    Advice to Management

    Adjust starting salary for tax auditor


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