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California State Controller's Office Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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  1. "Exciting place to work"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Friendly enviornment.

    Cons

    There are no cons regarding this company.


  2. "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.


  3. "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


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  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Accounting Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to meet lots of people and create social contacts.

    Cons

    Lower pay than equivalent accounting positions in the private sector. Position requires college degree yet pays the same as non-college degree admin classifications (i.e. Staff Services Analyst). Minimal opportunities for advancement because you have to compete against hundreds of employees. Position requires written & oral exams/ ranking in order to be promoted but favoritism still exists. (ex: one can rank #1 but may never get promoted, even if a good worker, but a favored employee may get promoted several times). Instead of one big agency it operates like an umbrella over several independent ones. Bureau chiefs are allowed too much power, even though there is a union. Customer service hugely lacking in HR - some could care less about staff and lack knowledge regarding benefits, protocols, etc . . .

    Advice to Management

    Show that you value your staff and treat each person with genuinely caring and respect. Be fair to ALL staff and provide sufficient/ equal opportunities for advancement.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Auditor"

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Auditor in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    As a auditor you will have a chance to travel and meet people outside of work.

    Cons

    Best to have a degree in Accounting or Business.

    Advice to Management

    Picking the best people to promote does not happen many times. Management looks for individuals they feel can get along with as oppose to people who know the program.


  8. "Great Start"

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    Current Employee - Auditor in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work. Great coworkers. Many opportunities to learn different programs.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay as much as private


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place to start your career. State is a laid back environment. Not too much work pressure.
    Great benefits and pension plan. You can pretty much take time off whenever you want.
    If job security is your priority, then this is for you.

    Cons

    Some people can be very unprofessional and unmotivated. Sometimes teamwork is lacking.
    There is not too much room for growth. You have to transfer to another department to speed up promotion.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, a very good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work environment. Willingness to send employee's to training as needed.

    Cons

    As in any work place, if the manager can not manage well & wont listen to employee's...things do not end well. Very unfortunate

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee's & have an open door policy. It's best to work with people to get the job done quickly & accurately.


  11. "Excellent Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    They offer Employee Appreciation day and all sorts of things just for the people that work there

    Cons

    You might end up with a horrible boss. It is the State.

    Advice to Management

    You have to play politics


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