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Updated January 12, 2018
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  1. "OA"

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

    I have been working at California State Controller's Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love people and my job here. Plus free parking!!

    Cons

    I wish they will have more opportunities available for me.


  2. "Managment are a gang of Bullies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California State Controller's Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free Parking there are no other Pros

    Cons

    Prepare to be bullied mercilessly. Provide with little or no instructions and given impossible timelines to complete task, you have neer completed before. Managment is above reproach, if they make a mistake it's your fault you didn't catch it.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new vocation

  3. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California State Controller's Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There's much to learn and work is rewarding

    Cons

    Promotions seem to be awarded to family and friends

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and be fair with promotions 0


  4. "moved on but happy at new agency"

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at California State Controller's Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    free parking, nice co-workers

    Cons

    no flexible work schedules. had to apply & interview for each opening, management was unfriendly to union

    Advice to Management

    staff should be allowed to rate management for their performance


  5. "AGPA at Unclaimed Property Division"

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    Current Employee - AGPA in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - AGPA in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at California State Controller's Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Located in Rancho Cordova (free parking)
    Friendly atmosphere
    Great coworkers

    Cons

    Production focused
    Red tape for new projects/ideas


  6. "Exactly what you'd expect from state government"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at California State Controller's Office full-time

    Pros

    - stable, predictable
    - diverse workforce

    Cons

    - very political
    - very slow to change


  7. "California State Controller's Office- Unclaimed Property Division"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at California State Controller's Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There's plenty of different kinds of work to do mailroom, accounting, claim processing, IT, etc.

    Some good people to work with at times, the work can be challenging or monotonous depending upon what you choose to do in your position. and the position you get.

    Convenient location in Sacramento. Free parking.

    If you work for a decent manager you will be better off.

    Cons

    There's a running joke that this is the "armpit" of the Controller's office. It's vastly different than working in the main downtown Controller's office. Even though this brings in some serious money to the Controller's office, the downtown staff and management can at times treat this office and personnel as a second class citizen.

    This is a production shop. It's all about putting money into the general fund and paying out unclaimed property claims.

    Management varies, a few good, many bad. It seems to be the norm to hire "yes" men/women who tow the line or people that are friends of the higher ups as managers regardless if they are really qualified or not. These managers will do nothing to help you further your career, their main concerns lie with getting promoted. There's no concern for staff morale. and it is poor here. It's all about doing the Division Chiefs bidding and don't question it or else. Good people and managers have literally been driven out of here for not "towing the line" and trying to do the right thing.

    There is no reward for hard work or going above and beyond. You will be timed for breaks/lunch and even if you are one minute late will be given warnings regardless how good a worker you are. If you get on the bad side of higher ups expect them to make your life hell and eventually drive you out. They are very good at that.

    Manager morals can be low. Some will intentionally deceive you, try to get you in trouble, and not adhere to the Controller's office own policies in how they treat enmployees.

    You will have to deal with some pretty inept and lazy people at times.

    Not really a lot of room for promotion here.

    The Controller is blind to how bad it has become here.

    Advice to Management

    Take initiative, don't be a lackey of the higher ups. Use your own intelligence and manage your staff for their and your success. You have great staff that can do great things. Empower them to do so.

  8. "Underutilized"

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    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at California State Controller's Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Could allow staff more input on management initatives

    Cons

    Not enough opportunity on the enterprise when clear business needs are identified

    Advice to Management

    Promote an agile culture


  9. "Business As Usual"

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    Former Employee - Staff Services Management Auditor in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Services Management Auditor in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at California State Controller's Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free parking. Light workload. Highly educated mentors. High ethical standards when it suits them.

    Cons

    Usual State Issues...the nail that sticks out gets hammered. Low ethical standards when it suits them.

    Advice to Management

    Be the change you wish to see in the world. Remember and honor the true meaning of civil service. End each day with the steadfast knowledge that you are worthy of the trust placed in the servants of the people.


  10. "Great office and strong leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Controller Yee is a great leader and a has a strong and compassionate vision for her office and the State of California.

    Cons

    No real cons I can think of at this time.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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