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Colorado Department of Human Services Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  1. "It can be unorganized, but the pay and benefits is the best that I have seen so far."

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    Current Employee - Nurse I in Pueblo, CO
    Current Employee - Nurse I in Pueblo, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Human Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, leave, sick, and holiday accruals. Able to take days off within the first few months of working.

    Cons

    The unorganization at times. Loss of some nursing skills. Specifically at the Pueblo Regional Center.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Psychiatric Technician"

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    Former Employee - Psychiatric Technician in Grand Junction, CO
    Former Employee - Psychiatric Technician in Grand Junction, CO

    I worked at Colorado Department of Human Services (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional Atmosphere
    Great Retirement benefits
    Challenging work

    Cons

    24/7 facility with challenging work hours. May be asked to work situations that can be quite stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Expect this candidate to be able to perform professionally under challenging situations with impeccable documentation


  3. "Good Place Overall"

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    Current Employee - Colorado in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Colorado in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Human Services (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent salary, opportunity for growth, support in decision making.

    Cons

    Long hours, limited resources, outdated technology, unrealistic expectations from executive leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to line staff, include them in assessments when making large organizational changes. Make sure the resources and technology are in place prior to implementing broad changes and expectations are clear in advance.


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  5. "A healthy culture change will improve overall managment"

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer/Training Specialist in Chatham, MA
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer/Training Specialist in Chatham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Department of Human Services (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, lateral and upward career opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor executive management that trickles down to all levels of the organization. Unrealistic workload, highly stressful environment, poor professional development and on-boarding.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work with HR to promote professional development for a better work environment.


  6. "CYSO1 Lookout Mountain, Graveyards"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Youth Security Officer in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - Correctional Youth Security Officer in Golden, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Colorado Department of Human Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary and benifits. Great place to start career. Potential to make a difference in community.

    Cons

    Schedule is terrible. Your only two options (more or less) are 2pm - 11pm or 11pm - 9am. Consistently understaffed due to people quiting so the program doesn't run like it's supposed to. The state can't hire them fast enough. The kids have too many rights and can assault staff with little consequences (and often do). Graveyard shift does 15 minute room checks on nearly 40 beds. Your simply a powerless roving drone. The kids don't respect you because as a graveyard staff member, you don't interact with them enough. Paperwork is overwhelming and your often distracted by logging your every step as opposed to doing your job.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees have a say in the policy making, some look good on paper but put us in danger. Properly staff the facility. Allow part time workers to stay on call to supply bodies for shortages. Expedite court cases for assaultive youth. Give power back to staff, not to children.


  7. "Google "cdhs letter legislators" for a completely accurate review"

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    Current Employee - Line Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Line Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Human Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Line employees, flexible schedule. Possible opportunity under different senior management to support very deserving community.

    Cons

    Management (no leadership present). Very, very hostile and ineffective from a consumer perspective. Remember the Governor's decree that all departments be "efficient, effective, and elegant"? None are prioritized or permitted.

    Advice to Management

    Please, for the sake of our desperate and worthy citizens (and employees), leave immediately. No succession from your policies is worthwhile. Make your first decision based on consumers' best interest.


  8. "CDHS"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is decent. Some of the people there were joyful to work with. The sights of Denver were nice.

    Cons

    There is so much turn over that a department cannot settle into an organized routine. Poor overall morale.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "HR Manager"

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    Former Employee - Director of Human Resources in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director of Human Resources in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Department of Human Services (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to serve the under-served populations of the State of Colorado was by far the benefits of the work experience. The human service programs offered touch such a large part of Colorado's citizen and the intrinsic reward received from the work was unparalleled so far in my career.

    Cons

    As all state agencies are fiscal stewards of tax payer dollars, there were limited resources in impeded great business progress.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work each of you do to serve Colorado.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work can be rewarding, but is tainted by an unclear overall vision from executive management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Human Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    State benefits are reliable, flex scheduling an option depending on your immediate supervisor, and you have the opportunity to learn a lot of really valuable information pertaining to state government, policy, and human services.

    Cons

    Compensation is almost always at base pay, even if staff have higher degrees (someone with a BA makes the same entry pay as someone with a MA). Often times Executive Leadership are unclear about their expectations and visions for offices and divisions. There is also no parking stipend included, so working out of the downtown locations can be pricey if transportation is well planned (the Department does offer eco-passes at a good rate since they work with RTD to secure group rates). Also, the training department isn't especially helpful; I signed up for a number of courses that were cancelled due to low enrollment, even though these courses are critical to career advancement (preventing sexual harassment, understanding HIPPA, etc.).

    Advice to Management

    Creating a sustainable and reliable program in which staff can gain supervisory experience is critical. So many staff become frustrated with missed opportunities to gain valuable supervisory experience. Most positions at the GP5 level and higher require some form of experience supervising others, but the Department does not have any program that allows for high-performing and valued staff to work towards this experience. It comes off as the Department not able to invest in their staff, even the ones who have stood out for excellent performance in their annual reviews.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "good pay and benefits but inconsistent expectations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    pay well, good benefits and retirement options, nice facility and some great people working at the program level, high expectations for quality services and data collections for the programs overseen by the department.

    Cons

    Often bored or under-utilized. Very much a top-down management style with very little consideration for the everyday average employee. Management is constantly changing their minds, and often a lot of talk but not a lot of action in terms of getting things moving forward.
    Employees required to pay for daily parking at an average of 8-10 dollars a day


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