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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated March 30, 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. "Mental Health Coordinator Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Mental Health Specialist in Brockton, MA
    Current Employee - Mental Health Specialist in Brockton, MA

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Benefits available with the state.

    Cons

    Quite a bit of red tape to get things changed.


  2. "Great benefits, toxic work environment"

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    Former Employee - Correctional Sergeant in Walpole, MA
    Former Employee - Correctional Sergeant in Walpole, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits , time off.

    Cons

    Low employee morale, poor equipment, sub par training, career paths stalled statewide

    Advice to Management

    Care about your people more.


  3. "human service coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Human Service Coordinator in Brockton, MA
    Current Employee - Human Service Coordinator in Brockton, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    flex hrs, pension, retirement health care

    Cons

    pay, health care could be better


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    "Government is hard, but worth it"

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    Current Employee - Executive in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Executive in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Purpose, integrity, meaning, working with like-minded people sometimes.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic at times, too heavily determined by public unions that protect terrible employees and sap motivation/ambition/incentive.


  6. "Accountant I"

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    Former Employee - Accountant I in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Accountant I in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    The benefits package is very good.Time adds up for vacation and sick time.Flexible hours during summer and great co workers.

    Cons

    Disability benefits not available for 10 years which conflicts with the federal social security limits. Basically from year 6 to ten you have so coverage if severely disabled.

    Advice to Management

    Change policy to align with federal government guidelines to protect workers of the state of Massachusetts who become disabled and con no longer for fill their job duties and have no means of securing an income due to this loophole.


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    "Systems analyst"

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    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace for all age and gender with work/life balance.

    Cons

    Up tight management and always someone watching over you.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up and let employees do their job without harassment.


  8. "Judicial Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low stress and casual work environment. Good mentoring and training. Lots of hands on experience. It is an excellent opportunity for young people to learn and be trained.

    Cons

    Low compensation. Not a very prestigious place to work. Advancement based on political connections as opposed to merit. There is a mix of people that work for state agencies. Some are highly motivated and skilled and others are just there to collect a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    The state agency needs to modernize its practices. Too often efficiency is sacrificed for other political considerations. Promote people based on their merit. Increase the salaries to attract the best talent. Hold people accountable and terminate them for poor performance.


  9. "Law enforcement career within Commonwealth of MA"

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

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

    Pros

    Definitely a rewarding career having the ability to work side by side with some of the most talented and self motivated professionals.

    Cons

    Unfortunately not everyone within our community is law abiding or respectful of the mission behind professional policing, so the downside to this career involves facing an ever increasing danger of violence against law enforcement.

    Advice to Management

    To reflect on their own professional experience and continue to make decisions to maintain the highest level of moral amongst those under their command.


  10. "Admin Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Secure great benefits health insurance

    Cons

    commute red line transportation in winter


  11. "Great Seasonal Work"

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    Former Employee - Park Interpreter in Hingham, MA
    Former Employee - Park Interpreter in Hingham, MA

    Pros

    Opportunity for professional development, opportunity to be creative and innovative, beautiful locations!

    Cons

    Low pay, long commute, dealing with the public is always hard



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