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Commonwealth of Virginia Reviews

Updated July 11, 2018
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Terry R. McAuliffe
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  • "Low pay, lacking promotional opportunities, inexperienced leadership" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Many cut backs due to state budget being cut" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "The only way to get a good raise is to change jobs."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement and administration/direction changes every 4 years.


  2. "The liquors laws are a joke."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They’re nice people I guess.

    Cons

    There aren’t any straight bars. You also apparently have to serve food as well.

    Advice to Management

    Amend the law to allow bars.

  3. "Mental Hospital Security Officer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are worth the pain

    Cons

    Injuries are very common to staff

    Advice to Management

    Pay your Officers more money.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Very good experience and flexible work environment."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility is very good and lots of vacation time.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover and no incentives for retaining employees.

    Advice to Management

    More raises and opportunities for employees.


  5. "Less Competitive than Private Sector - Good for job stability"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job stability, reasonable benefits, government administration exposure, and potential leadership training (depending on the position)

    Cons

    Compensation is inferior to private sector, lack of diversity, glass ceiling for minorities (including white women), and low progression.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Job Security"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time

    Pros

    Gain valuable experience; impact your government

    Cons

    No room for advancement; raises directly related to state budget


  7. "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexibility in the workplace

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted and there is not much employee support

  8. Helpful (1)

    "State Agencies"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great ie medical, vacation and sick leave

    Cons

    Pay is based on your personal relationship with your manager. Many think the general assembly dictates the amount of pay increases but managers have a form they can complete to give private raises to certain employees. These raises are known as PAR parties.

    Advice to Management

    Employees know what you are doing


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Working for the State"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits for employees are good overall

    Cons

    Not an environment that welcomes feedback from employees that are not in management

    Advice to Management

    Improve interpersonal interactions with all levels of employees


  10. "No Growth or Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time

    Pros

    Stable environment; great health benefits, great work/life balance

    Cons

    lack of growth and opportunity, low pay, bureacracy, antiquated workforce

    Advice to Management

    diversify and increase pay rates


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