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Council of State Governments Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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  1. "Educational Consultant for Resource Management with the Department of Education."

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    Current Employee - Education and Knowledge Consultant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Education and Knowledge Consultant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Council of State Governments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Making a difference for kids.

    Cons

    Limited resources available. State Government can move very slowly at times.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Observe. Implement creativity with a focus on human requirements. Re-invent when necessary.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Council of State Governments full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. Health, vision, dental.

    Cons

    Management is non-responsive and governed by cliques No feedback on job performance. No guidance. Work- life balance is non-existent. Hard work is not rewarded and loyalty is a foreign concept at this company. No raises. No flexible schedule unless it benefits the company and no tele-commuting policy for most of the employees. Some employees are allowed to tele-commute full-time. Open office concept is extremely disruptive.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a better work-life balance. Try to eliminate cliques. Only certain employees are kept informed and if you aren't in the group no news for you. The CEO asserts that we are a family and yet treats most employees as afterthoughts.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Council of State Governments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely, generous time off, sick days and vacation time. Good benefits and packages, room to grow since there is a high turn over

    Cons

    Poor management, poorly organized, high turn overs, management style, lack of consideration for staff personal time

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage staff


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "CSG Justice Center New York: great people, good work, poor management & environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Council of State Governments full-time

    Pros

    Very smart and talented people who are passionate about making an impact in the world of criminal justice

    Cons

    This place is known for the bait-and-switch; you interview for one job, thinking that you will be able to use your knowledge and make an impact, only to find out that your job function is something completely different and more junior.

    Employees definitely put more in than they get back from the company. Awards and raises seem to be given based on how close you are

    There is no on-site HR representative, so any HR issues are handled through the cold and insensitive deputy director, or remotely through the HR dept in Kentucky. There is some seriously poor leadership in terms of knowing how to treat or speak to staff, but also in that there is a lack of staff development.

    Lastly, there is very poor time management and planning skills across the board, leading to a constant state of crisis mode and last minute mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the skills and experience of the people you hire and make sure they are being utilized to the fullest potential;don't just hire bodies to fill open roles, take the time to make sure it's a good fit all around.

    Create more room for growth within the organization; people don't want to stay stagnant for years at a time, give them some motivation and something to work towards.

    Address personnel issues at all levels, including directors/managers who are not displaying ideal leadership; don't just assume that everything lies at the feet of the direct report, sometimes the managers are out of line too.

    DEFINITELY need an onsite HR representative.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Poor management, low morale"

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

    I have been working at Council of State Governments full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary for the cost of living. Flexible and family friendly.

    Cons

    Incompetent management has led to extremely low staff morale. Too many cliques, management plays favorites not based on accomplishments.


  7. "Anonymous"

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

    I worked at Council of State Governments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits package and work-out room.

    Cons

    So many cliques. Very little work going on until it's time for a meeting and the it's crunch time. Waste of taxpayers money.

    Advice to Management

    Need all new management. They treat employees with no respect. This is why there is such a big turnover.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Mayday"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Council of State Governments full-time

    Pros

    Staff are great and are trying to make the best of a bad situation.

    Cons

    To echo other reviewers, there are major financial, turnover, management, and morale problems.

    If you have any other options, recommend staying away from the Lexington (HQ) and DC offices until they have new managers. The regional offices seem to be doing good work and better managed.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "CSG is less biased than ALEC."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Council of State Governments full-time

    Pros

    If you are comfortable with corporate donors being more important than the state governments CSG professes to advocate for...

    Cons

    Then being a policy 'analyst' or 'director' might be the job for you.

    But the reality is, while CSG does produce some good research and information for state officials and lawmakers, and has a few solid analysts remaining, the organization has become increasingly a defacto arm of the corporate lobbying community.

    Donor money overrules objective analysis.

    If your ok with that, they offer great PTO and lots of free diet cokes.

    Advice to Management

    Lay off the corporate money and focus more on being a better source of unbiased information and research for state governments.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Doubletalk and lack of self-awareness as an institution in the NY office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are highly intelligent, ambitious and committed to their work.

    Cons

    The organization is, for all intents and purposes, a lobbying firm, but they don't seem to realize this. Internal communication is poor, and it is hard to get a read on management, as much is hidden behind a veneer of extreme politeness. Junior staff are not utilized to their full potential, and there is very much a sense that there is only one right way to get things done -- very much a "groupthink" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more open-minded and understanding of disagreement. They should keep their eyes on the ultimate goal, rather than getting bogged down in minutiae. Too often, style is emphasized over substance, and there is often a knee-jerk devotion to the philosophy of the senior leadership, which can be stifling.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "NY Office - Great Mission, Terrible Environment"

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

    Pros

    Important work, access to legislators, they do have a good vision of policy and how the right policy can make progress in their areas.

    Cons

    Horrible internal management, one-man vision with little outside input. Director pointedly said in a full staff meeting "we don't have time to think strategically, we have too much to do". The expectation is that you'll work nights and weekends. Even if you get your job done, but don't work nights and weekends, it's frowned upon. They like to hire young, ambitions, fresh out of college types and get all the sweat equity they can out of them.


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