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  1. "Government job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to work, telecommuting

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy, promotions are mostly based on the amount of years working here


  2. Helpful (1)

    "IT"

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

    I worked at Dakota County full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning new technology and coworkers.

    Cons

    The salary is awful for the position. Not in line with the market.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what the markets shows!

  3. "Correctional Deputy"

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    Current Employee - Correctional Deputy in Hastings, MN
    Current Employee - Correctional Deputy in Hastings, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Dakota County full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Yet to find something good about this place.

    Cons

    Long Hours, No salary increases, Horrible management and working conditions

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and playing favoritism with employees.


  4. "Great Agency"

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Dakota County (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dakota County is a large county located in the heart of Minnesota. I worked in the Parks Department of the Open Space Division. I enjoyed interacting with members of the community on a daily basis. The hours were very flexible and the pay was great.

    Cons

    It is a government agency so there is a lot of reporting and paperwork for compliance purposes. You will have people get upset and mad at you over small things.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with decisions being made in the county and specifically in the parks system. We need to be responsible with the use of tax payer dollars as a source of funding.


  5. "County employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Dakota County full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good health benefits, sick/vacation combined into Flex-time off, convenient commute from most areas/on highway.

    Cons

    Once a candidate reaches the supervisor level, there is little room to advance a career within 5-10 years.


  6. "IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Dakota County full-time

    Pros

    Get to wear many hats on a project. People in the IT department are a good group to work with. Certain business areas know what they want to use technology for.

    Cons

    It's mid-layer government, so politics can be an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Use your employees and their knowledge. Don't assume a consultant has the best answers.


  7. "Wescott Library is a Difficult Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Shelver in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Shelver in Eagan, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Dakota County part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most co-workers were friendly and helpful. The library is bright and sunny. The library has good hours for workers.

    Cons

    As a library shelver, you are essentially a temp. You can only work 14 hours a week and you get absolutely no benefits. No vacation, no holiday pay (even when your regularly work on the day a holiday falls on), no health insurance, etc. You are not allowed to participate in health and wellness programs or training or classes. You are not included in department or team meetings nor are you included in department or team social events even when they take place during work hours and are held in the same space you are working. The pay is extremely low. Most retail jobs pay more. Mostly you shelve books for three to four hours at a time. I quickly started seeing the effects of repetitive stress in my hands and shoulders. The supervisors watch you work, but never help. They also conduct "secret" checks of your work. You must record every cart of books you take out in a notebook and your statistics are measured. It is a very oppressive environment. You are sometimes asked to do regular "real" employee's work when they get busy, but they will never help you when you are busy.

    The children's section -- where at least 65% of the work is done is like a McDonald's Play Land with books instead of Happy Meals. Kids run wild, screaming and throwing things. The parents ignore them as do the regular staff. It's almost impossible to shelve when the library is open. I asked to adjust my hours so I could work before opening, but was told no. Management avoids the Children's Section when the library is open and even the Children's Librarian Desk isn't in there.

    Advice to Management

    Make shelvers regular part-time circulation employees. Pay at least $12.50 per hour. Let them earn vacation pay and give holiday pay if they regularly work the day a holiday falls on. Rotate the shelving work among ALL library staff so no one gets repetitive stress injuries. It also will help all staff see how difficult a job it can be. Make it a priority to have most staff shelve in Children's when the library is closed. Move the Children's librarian into the Children's section. Remove the playground equipment in children's section and set behavior expectations for parents and children. Then enforce the rules.

  8. "Great place to work and live."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Dakota County full-time

    Pros

    Personal growth, ahead of the curve

    Cons

    Compensation is on the conservative side


  9. "bad place to work and advancement"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance in Hastings, MN
    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance in Hastings, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Dakota County full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    none that I can think of

    Cons

    understaffed and workload is not able to be done on time

    Advice to Management

    they need to hire more workers


  10. "Fine"

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    Former Contractor - Tobacco Compliance Checker in Farmington, MN
    Former Contractor - Tobacco Compliance Checker in Farmington, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Dakota County as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy, age appropriate, very friendly. Not long employment, so there isn't much to say.

    Cons

    Very rare occurrences, not much else to say. The job was kind of uncomfortable for someone so young.