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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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  • Very low pay, ability to move up or around depends on connections or your boss' ambitions or standing with leadership (in 15 reviews)

  • State positions are limited regarding yearly raises and overall state employee pay is lower than working in a private sector (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Good people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension, flexibility, low key management, and good work atmosphere

    Cons

    Low salaries, limited opportunities to grow up


  2. "PO 1"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time

    Pros

    annual union increases, schedule flexibility,

    Cons

    There is Limited opportunity for growth

  3. Helpful (1)

    "been state employee for several years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Taunton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Taunton, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good hours,

    Cons

    reactive not proactive, diversity issues. very limited career mobility.

    Advice to Management

    senior management and hr already knows about advice - ad nauseum. same old rhetoric.


  4. "It was a good place too work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Spend a lot of time outside with other people.

    Cons

    I have no cons for this.


  5. "Decent. Not flexible."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time

    Pros

    Stable, holidays off, predictable, time off

    Cons

    No motivation to work hard in union setting, low salaries


  6. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Middleboro, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Middleboro, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work independently, able to take time off when needed.

    Cons

    Toxic, clicky work environment, staff more focussed on themselves than caring for the individuals served. Management allowing dysfunction and bullying vy lower level management to continue in work place.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved and stop allowing the place to be managed a junior high; hold lower managers accountable to be good at their jobs; they should be building their staff and providers up rather than trying to destroy them.


  7. "Compliance Officer"

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    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension, 37.5 hours per week, Telecommute...

    Cons

    limited opportunity to grow, new management do not care about the people we serve.

  8. "State Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and retirement package.

    Cons

    Usually lower salary than private.


  9. "Great Place for Entry Level Work"

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    Former Employee - Legislative Aide in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Legislative Aide in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved working for the Commonwealth. Each day provided a new challenge. I was able to attend a number of briefings to expand my own knowledge.

    Cons

    I do not have many cons. It was a wonderful place to work. Since it is the state, the building are not always as updated. I worked in a space with carpets that were 60 years old. It took a toll on the allergies.

    Advice to Management

    It all depends on your boss, each office runs differently. I had a great boss and work environment. I could pursue my own interest independently and check in with the boss when necessary.


  10. "Great agency, but..."

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    Former Employee - Ranger I in Milton, MA
    Former Employee - Ranger I in Milton, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great place to get your foot in the door with state government, good initial promotional potential, it’s really nice initially, but...(look on cons section)

    Cons

    Continued from pros: when you are looking for full time year round employment, go to another agency or state. Terrible management, switching to all seasonal staff and this creates problems because the state is looking out for themselves as opposed to what is best for the natural resources and park systems.

    Advice to Management

    Switch to more full time employment (year round, not seasonal), having a requirement that the higher ups need to see what state employees actually go through on a daily basis.


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