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3.7
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79%
Recommend to a Friend
76%
Approve of CEO
Charlie Baker
37 Ratings
Pros
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  • "Low pay, too long to get pension(in 17 reviews)

  • "It isn't personal like the private sector(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Work life balance priority"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance is a priority

    Cons

    A lot of projects to manage

    Commonwealth of Massachusetts2019-03-18
  2. "Positive experience"

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      Former Employee - Clinician 

      I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time

      Pros

      Excellent supervisor, good team environment, and great benefits

      Cons

      Difficult to move up and difficult to make changes

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2019-04-05
    • "Greater Good - Illogical Pay Practices"

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      Former Employee - Human Resources Manager 
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 19 years

      Pros

      Working for the Commonwealth, you have the opportunity to be part of a greater mission and contribute to helping others in a way that is not always available in other industries. There are many dedicated people who believe in the mission of their respective agency and are passionate about the organizations mission. Being a part of that and knowing that you contribute towards making the quality of life better for the...

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      Cons

      The pay structure is set up with policies that are actually counter productive and discouraging to hard workers and long time employees, especially those that choose to take a management role. There are very few if any merit increases, typically there is a slight cost of living increase each year. There are policies which put artificial caps on the increase percentages for internal applicants which allow for the recruitment...

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      Advice to Management

      Change the policies to reward high performance and create true promotional pay increases. Bring back true merit increases that encourage employees to go above and beyond.

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2019-03-26
    • "Inclusive environment"

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      Current Employee - Tax Auditor 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 19 years

      Pros

      Great work life balance, benefits, salary, company culture

      Cons

      Some goals are unrealistic, need better job titles, outdated equipment, new hire training

      Advice to Management

      Focus more on training new hires & work with employees to set more realistic goals.

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2019-03-06
    • "Very nice"

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      Current Employee - Tour Guide 

      I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts part-time

      Pros

      Flexible Work Hours- Great Coworkers

      Cons

      No Cons to mention here

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2019-03-04
    • "First job out of college"

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      Former Employee - BERS A/B Social Worker in Boston, MA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Flexible schedule. Interactions with clients. Fair pay scale.

      Cons

      Difficult office politics. Micro management. Low morale stemming from management.

      Advice to Management

      Utilize the employees for feedback on how to improve the offices and department as a whole.

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2019-03-01
    • "Poor management"

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      Former Employee - BERS I 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      There are no words to describe how terrible it is to work with the state

      Cons

      Poor management. Very clicky staff, no support for training

      Advice to Management

      Get a life

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2019-03-28
    • "Great benefits"

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      Former Employee - Investigator in Boston, MA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great pension and health benefits.

      Cons

      Micromanagement; not a lot of room for promotion.

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2019-03-03
    • "Good enough for government work"

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      Former Employee - Human Resources Director 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      It feels great to be a public servant for a progressive state full of smart civic-focused colleagues. In general, work hours and benefits are better than the private sector.

      Cons

      Government politics make it challenging to really make meaningful progress on change, as leaders are always looking to be the favorite of incoming administration.

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2019-02-23
    • "Proud to work for the Commonwealth"

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      Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time

      Pros

      Great opportunities, steady work and salary, good benefits and time off.

      Cons

      It isn't personal like the private sector. Lack of appreciation or respect / credit. Sometimes it gets uncomfortable and untrustworthy like you are being side blinded. If you have the right manager, you will do great. If not, good luck!

      Advice to Management

      Take a look around at your employees under you. Appreciate and give credit where credit is due. Everyone is here to do a job. When they do their job, you look good.

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2019-01-23
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