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Commonwealth of Virginia Reviews

Updated February 22, 2018
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Terry R. McAuliffe
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Pros
  • Great benefits and flexibility in the workplace (in 10 reviews)

  • State benefits, great coworkers, good bosses (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "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

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "State Agencies"

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Working for the State"

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    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


  6. "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


  7. "Accounting manager"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexibility, job stability

    Cons

    Low pay, lacking promotional opportunities, inexperienced leadership

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great. Some of the staff is really great.

    Cons

    They don't pay enough to survive. They don't care about their employees, everyone is replaceable. Making a profit is their one and only goal.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Ungodly wasteful and where careers go to die!"

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    Former Employee - Not A Police Officer At State PD in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Not A Police Officer At State PD in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job security and great benefits

    Cons

    If you do more than your job requires or go the extra mile, it is frowned upon! Poor pay

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the good ole boy club. Look inside at how much employees severely abuse the system.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good and bad - stereotypes are true"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth of Virginia full-time

    Pros

    Work with very well meaning people, have a positive mission
    Great retirement and benefits - more time off than you can use, excellent healthcare

    Cons

    Work with many "retired in place" people that can't or won't get the job done
    Most agencies are underfunded so IT work is grabbing for pennies
    Politics is real. Many agencies get new leadership every 4 years like clockwork


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