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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. "Laborer 1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laborer I in Nantasket Beach, MA
    Former Employee - Laborer I in Nantasket Beach, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Hours and Not that bad of work

    Cons

    Low Pay and having to deal with the weather


  2. "Office Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager/Senior Administrative Assistant in Boscawen, NH
    Former Employee - Office Manager/Senior Administrative Assistant in Boscawen, NH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, people you work with great team members. working conditions, hours, vacation time, holidays.

    Cons

    Political appointees, commute, governor changes, no parking, crowds, relying on public transit,


  3. "Education Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Malden, MA
    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Malden, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent, unionized position so good benefits, state pension system

    Cons

    Not in agreement with some of department's work


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  5. "Assistant District Attorney position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant District Attorney in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant District Attorney in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Environment and people you work with is the best.

    Cons

    The pay is really low for the legal field, even among other states.


  6. "Lifeguard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    super easy, you are literally on break more than you are working. It's very team oriented and you get really close with your crew of lifeguards

    Cons

    The management of DCR is abysmal. None of them know how to properly communicate and all are not fit for their job. The worst part is they know this so they come DOWN of you hard for everything

    Advice to Management

    They just need to learn how to communicate. They leave everybody in the dark and when they visit the pool they come in like a wrecking ball.


  7. "Great experience working in a governmental setting."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Forest & Park Supervisor I in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Forest & Park Supervisor I in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working outside all-day, meeting alot of interesting people, and getting real life experience in the parks and recreation field. You get a good workout.

    Cons

    The pay is below it should be. The upper management do nothing but make your job difficult, the fleet services is terrible at getting trucks fixed.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people for the parks not office support specialist that do nothing but create more issues.


  8. "Correction officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Shirley Ctr, MA
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer in Shirley Ctr, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good job if you like to work with prisoners

    Cons

    Sometimes you wor night shift


  9. "Sr. Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good location near the state house, fun projects with people from all over the state.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, and more politics. Often the priorities shift that affect the project funding. There is no multi year planning and funding can be cut so someone else, with more pull can get it. Hiring freeze so chance of going full time is near 0

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to communicate with your staff better. Remove layers of baggage that are holding people back from producing at their highest levels. Modernize!


  10. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, MA

    Pros

    Lots of sick time that accumulates from one year to the next.

    Cons

    Recent large layoff. People are just numbers in a large organization.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Hyperion Business Analyst Consultant in Sharon, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Hyperion Business Analyst Consultant in Sharon, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team, intellectual people and easily approachable senior management.

    Cons

    Do not have any programs to retain employees



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