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  • "Low pay, too long to get pension(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "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 4 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
  2. "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
  3. "Government Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits available including health, dental, vision.

    Cons

    Salaries aren't necessarily as high as the private sector.

    Commonwealth of Massachusetts2018-03-21
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    "IT Security analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    The work is fascinating, and never dull. Constantly changes and evolves. Jobs in this field are in high demand. Currently, the retirement benefits are great, but there is constant assault on this by politicians.

    Cons

    As in most government jobs, upper management changes often. Their experience and attitude toward staff varies widely, often in a negative way. The biggest problem is that decisions are made by senior management in a vacuum, so it is often the case that staff becomes saddled with choices made by senior management that then departs for greener pastures. Frankly, it sux. Moral can and does suffer. Also, salaries tend to...

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    Commonwealth of Massachusetts2017-12-24
  5. "Employment Specialist"

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

      Pros

      The position involved assisting job seekers in their job search. The work is very rewarding and you have an opportunity to meet a diverse group of people on a daily basis. Hours were great and benefits were pretty good.

      Cons

      State positions are limited regarding yearly raises and overall state employee pay is lower than working in a private sector. Can be difficult to get changes made.

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2017-03-13
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      "ok.."

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      Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Work life Balance, Hours are consistent and no required overtime. Good Holiday schedule and generous sick time accrual. Stable work environment.

      Cons

      -New employs contribute high percentage of pay towards Pension 9% for first 30k in salary and 11 percent for anything over 30k. - Benefits are not great - Training and growth opportunities are very limited - perks are non existent compared to the private sector. Don't expect free coffee, but you do get free water at least -Same pay regardless of performance. Good employees...

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      Advice to Management

      Offer more training opportunities, increase the potential to move between departments or agencies to give good employees room for growth

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2016-11-29
    • "Stereotypes hold true. Good if you're reaching end of career. Not a good start for a new and/or young career."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

      Pros

      Stable, regular work (you're in for your 8 hours a day, no more no less). Unionized means very good job security. Decent benefits and pension, depending on your opinion whether pensions are relevant anymore.

      Cons

      Stereotypes of government work are in full force - high job security means people can slack off and raise grievances over every little thing, inflexible and archaic procedures, low pay compared to the private sector. Office culture is trapped in the late 1980s-early 1990s.

      Advice to Management

      Understandable as to why hands are tied over some things due to laws and unions and whatnot. Loosening of "the old ways" can help attract the younger crowd who can bring some good ideas to the table.

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2016-10-04
    • "Great Learning environment"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time

      Pros

      Director cares about growth of employees. Department is comfortable and does not overwhelm. Great starting point for a career in the public or private sector. There are some great perks to being in a union.

      Cons

      There is little upward mobility in the state. There are times where getting things done can be frustrating within the bureaucracy.

      Advice to Management

      Continue to encourage employees growth. Don't be afraid to stand behind staff if the want to challenge the status quo or push issues beyond others comfort zones.

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2016-08-11
    • "Instead of work/life balance its life/work balance"

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      Current Employee - Auditor 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Very Flexible hours and if you stay long enough, very generous time off. More holidays than the private sector and workload isn't too overbearing. Unionized positions allow for decent and consistent pay raises in addition to yearly performance raises. Pre-tax transportation and medical cards available.

      Cons

      Promotional opportunity is slim unless you know someone and make friends. Can be boring at times and the "lifers" are ridiculous, but you can see where they're coming from. Office jobs lack overtime. Low starting pay compared to private sector and no bonuses. Union dues and pension contributions lead to a lower take home pay than private sector...

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      Advice to Management

      Try to have more consistent tone from the top, which is difficult when there is changing administrations. Young people are eager to learn so teach and train them.

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2015-06-10
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      "Program Coordinator II"

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      Current Employee - Program Coordinator II in Somerville, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Commonwealth of Massachusetts full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Good pension package if you are in it for the long haul. Holiday, vacation, and sick time are generous. I have a lot of freedom in how the program runs. Lots of diversity in potential growth.

      Cons

      Merit pay in not available. Reviews are not tied to pay increases. Time in service is time is tied to pay, so why let yourself get burned out. Pay is low compared to private sector. Promotions come with minimal pay increases, making it difficult to keep young and innovative people.

      Advice to Management

      Good workers tend to get the majority of the work load while not so motivated people get the same treatment. Uniformity in work delegations.

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts2015-04-30
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