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Commonwealth of Kentucky Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Once you get past the probationary status, you have major job security (in 11 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Flexible Schedule (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • No raises except for 2-3% raises in the last 10 years & these raises are based upon your yearly income (in 19 reviews)

  • This job was okay, but they are unable to keep employees due to low pay and how employees are treated (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Supported"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Winchester, KY
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Winchester, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and working with the community keeps you on the go. The staff is super supportive and really good at working as a team. You are never bored!

    Cons

    Local politics can be difficult to navigate not only because of the actual body of law that must be followed but like most small towns everyone knows everyone, which can be a good thing or a not so good thing depending on the topic.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good For Recent Grads"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Auditor in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Financial Auditor in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience.

    Cons

    Continually reducing benefits. Eliminated tuition assistance.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Branch manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Manager in Frankfort, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, decent atmosphere

    Cons

    No raises in a long time


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "State Boiler Inspector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Boiler Inspector in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Boiler Inspector in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job if you are already collection your retirement.

    Cons

    The pay scale is way too low for experienced personnel. Its difficult to raise a family on the salary they offer. They promised a higher salary and didn't follow through.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to potential employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "FSS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Vacation and sick days
    Once merit is received, even the worse employee is never fired, so high work standards are laughed at,, just ask clients.

    Cons

    Inconsistent policies, nasty, disrespectful management, classroom training that you are required to have but not allowed to use because management thinks they know more then trainers, which causes conflicts across the board. Huge egos, liars, cover themselves very well.

    Advice to Management

    State government needs to rehire from ground zero.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Office worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some nice people, leave time accrual, pension/retirment

    Cons

    Lots of dead weight- lifers that will not leave until they can retire after doing a lot nothing like gossiping and goofing off. Management that likes the workers below them to get away with things that people whom they don't like will not, you are walking on pins and needles around some people. Some people think they are god and have big egos when they are just idiots with huge egos. Unless your not a favorite, you will be passed up for promotion. Silly games all the time, petty fights and grudges happen all the time. A cliquish high school atmosphere where promotions is rarely based on merit, and mostly on seniority and favorites. Can be exhausting. Not the worst but not the best by any means.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on merit and not those stupid 5 point Internal mobility forms. Discipline people that are creating a hostile work environment. Quit playing favorites.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Run don't walk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Attorney in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Health Insurance is good and affordable

    Cons

    Every other facet of working for the state is oppressive

    Advice to Management

    Consider the employee citizens, not indentured servants of your private kingdom


  9. Helpful (2)

    "I cannot fully express my disappointment in words"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Consultant IT in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Systems Consultant IT 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

    Minimal benefits, such as insurance and vacation time
    The pension (if you came before 2002 or so

    Cons

    NO RAISES, ever!
    Few remaining benefits constantly under attack
    Working with COT is a nightmare
    Constantly increasing duties and workload as the talent dwindles
    No respect from management, the legislature, the governor, or the public
    You can "buy" up to 5 years, but they don't tell you it costs $100,000+ (depending on your salary)
    It varies somewhat, but there is not really a way to advance your career. Once you hit grade 17, your career is over. IT people typically start at 17 because the pay is not competitive (and it's still not even competitive at grade 17).
    You have a 401(k), but... NO MATCH, of course. Because you're not valued.

    Advice to Management

    I would tell management to pay and reward their employees, but they really don't care.


  10. "Pretrial Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pretrial Officer in Owensboro, KY
    Current Employee - Pretrial Officer in Owensboro, KY

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

    Pros

    Deferred Comp, Pension, and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Below average salary, makes it hard to work for state government.


  11. "Assistant Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Frankfort, KY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Kentucky full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance with generous time off, comp time, and vacation time.

    Cons

    Low salary, limited promotion potential, and limited rewards for hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard-working staff, and eliminate non-productive and political appointments.


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