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Commonwealth of Kentucky Reviews

Updated November 29, 2017
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  • No raises except for 2-3% raises in the last 10 years & these raises are based upon your yearly income (in 21 reviews)

  • Low pay compared to similar jobs in the private sector (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Ky State Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist II in Bowling Green, KY
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist II in Bowling Green, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Annual, Sick, and Comp Leave

    Cons

    Retirement, Salary, No Cost of Living Raises, Poor Management

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and reward your hard-working, dedicated employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Flexible schedule but very low pay"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Manager in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Schedule is very flexible with many holiday, personal, and sick days given annually. Management is typically accommodating for schedule changes.
    Service opportunities to help fellow Kentuckians.

    Cons

    Low pay with no hope of increases.
    Good performance earns you nothing but more work.
    Downsizing means you have to do jobs formally done by other employees without additional compensation.
    Non-government employees assume you are lazy and overpaid.
    You're future pay and benefits are in the hands of politicians instead of business leaders.
    Did I mention compensation is inadequate for the majority of jobs?

    Advice to Management

    Do the best you can with what you have. Smart, motivated, and highly capable people will be leaving at an ever increasing rate as they learn they can do much better in private companies leaving you with inadequate staff.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good beginning."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Madisonville, KY
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Madisonville, KY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, family friendly, reasonable work hours. Friendly co-workers. Health insurance is pretty good. Great place to learn new skills and improve one's own.

    Cons

    No raises. More and more people are retiring and after they retire their positions are not being filled.

    Hi turnover.

    If you started working for the state after January 1, 2014 you are part of the Tier 3 retirement plan. No longer do you get a pension when you retire, tier 3 employees get a 401K and the state will match what you put in up to a certain percent.

    The pay is not horrible for a beginning career, but even if you love working here, you literally can't afford to stay here forever. There is no way to get raises.

    Advice to Management

    When everyone, that know how to run everything efficiently as possible, retires, it will cost the state a lot more money to train people, than it does now while we have a small (yet shrinking) amount of people who are already good at training new employees.
    Why not take advantage of the workforce you have now, in order to ensure the future workforce is just as efficcient? You need to start retaining the people that are being trained now, so in the future they are here to help train people.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Meager Employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Merit System and Job Security

    Cons

    Never, ever get a raise. Hard work means nothing. Pension is in dire straights.

    Advice to Management

    Award the hard workers.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not valued"

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    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lovely co-workers, service to citizens.

    Cons

    Work, dedication not valued by politicians.

    Advice to Management

    Treat those who stay with kindness.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant"

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

    I worked at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Holiday pay, first shift, and match 401k

    Cons

    Too political. Just the good old boy system.

    Advice to Management

    Play fair


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Worst place I have ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Manager in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    More days off than typical jobs (12 sick + 12 vacation)

    Cons

    Everything. Right now, we've living through another pension attack. This one is the biggest ever. If it goes through, I will have to work an additional 17(!) years. There isn't even a pension for new employees, but they get a bad deal, too.

    Advice to Management

    You should be in the governor's office advocating for your employees instead of being the worthless people you are now, just piling on more things that make it miserable to work here, like a strict dress code.

  8. "Frustrating"

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

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Time off...but if they could take it away they would.

    Cons

    Pay is embarrassing, way too many staff..I mean 3 people to do 1 job, health care awful. But the worst thing is, I have 3 children neither of which will be working in Kentucky state gov

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Inspector"

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    Former Employee - Inspector in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Inspector in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible with work schedule to an extent

    Cons

    Management in motor vehicle dept has serious issues

    Advice to Management

    Need to make management take training regarding how not to use a persons home life against them at their job


  10. "Retired 10-1-2007"

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    Former Employee - Regional Manager IT in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Regional Manager IT in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, Virtually Limitless Types of Jobs, Room for Advancement, Quality is Recognized & Rewarded, 32 Year Career

    Cons

    The workload (staff to caseload ratio) can sometimes get out of hand. Private industry contiunally recruits & deletes our ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on job skills, character, customer service track record NOT simply length of tenure. Promote from within a team if at all possible.


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