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Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Reviews

Updated April 3, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great benefits and friendly atmosphere" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Decent benefits, accrued time off, secure job, business casual dress, somewhat of a laid back atmosphere" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "It offers a low salary including limited opportunities for advancement, innovation not supported by salary structure" (in 6 reviews)

  • "NO benefits other than one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Office Secretary III"

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    Current Employee - Administrative/Clerical in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative/Clerical in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hours , benefits, location, and salary

    Cons

    Parking is bad, meter maids have no mercy on the working class, building are dirty, bathrooms are filthy

    Advice to Management

    No advice they do what they want


  2. "Good Experience for Young Policy Masters"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative healthcare policy with advancing health reform

    Cons

    upward movement limited, slow growth

  3. "Pays well but not enough"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    pays well
    abundant overtime available
    "diverse" staff
    8 and 12 hour shifts available
    layed back depending on unit

    Cons

    frequent mandations
    chronically understaffed
    bureaucracy
    cliquey and management plays favorites
    dangerous


  4. "A very consistent work environment"

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    Former Employee - Public Health Lab Scientist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Public Health Lab Scientist in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits of a state government job are a major plus. Working in a brand new facility designed for the type of tests being performed. Good opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Pay is not the best but it's a government job.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Don't walk, but run!"

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    Current Employee - Health Policy Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Health Policy Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I get a check every two weeks.

    Cons

    This place is disgusting! There are mice and roaches at the 201 W Preston building. You literally cannot throw away food at your desk or you will have mice coming around in the middle of the day to eat the food!

    This place is only for people who are okay with just working like a robot. You can't use your brain, you just do what leadership tells you to do. It is crazy.. also the 7% they take out of your check, yet don't tell you until orientation... Unless you plan on staying 10 plus years, you are losing money everyday contributing to the pension because they will pull it with taxes taken out once you leave.

    The people who like it here have been here for a long time and are just complacent. They are happy to get a stable check and don't have to think when they come to work.

    Advice to Management

    Just relocate staff to another building.. the place is unsafe.. how can you talk about the social determinants of health, yet we are working in a place that is bad for our health!


  6. "Use this place as a stepping stone"

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    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Teleworking is an option for most (department dependent) but you must wait 6 months until you can do it.

    Cons

    Parking is a nightmare, it's honestly a battle royale in the morning to find a parking space that is within a decent walking distance to the building. The facilities are awful, mice and cockroaches everywhere and the bathrooms are horrid. There is no breakroom so people wash their dishes in the bathroom. The air quality is horrible. The job itself is highly dependent on your leadership. If you're someone who does your work and doesn't complain or speak up you'll do just fine. But if you go against the status quo you will be blackballed and treated unfairly. Turnover is out of control and it takes forever to hire new positions so be prepared to get a lot more work if you're the last man standing in your department (believe me, that's my situation right now). Unless you are desperate for a job I'd look elsewhere; otherwise use this place as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

    Advice to Management

    Try to show that you value your employees; treat them with respect and value their work and opinions. Be open-minded to change. GIVE A DECENT PARKING OPTION!


  7. "Good interning experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    Pros

    I worked in a small department with wonderful, dedicated people. The work was a mix of interesting and monotonous but even the monotonous work was important to the missions of protecting the public’s health.

    Cons

    It was an unpaid internship and the building was very shabby.

  8. "Great benefits/time off, everything else is so-so"

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    Current Employee - Epidemiologist I in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist I in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, flexibility, ability to work from home, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Lot of micromanagement from supervisory staff, relatively low salary, little promotion potential, low growth, high turnover (always understaffed)

    Advice to Management

    Be more hands off and have trust in your employees. Invest in your employees so they learn more skills and can improve. Hiring process needs to be faster since there is so much turnover


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible culture, terrible pay"

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    Former Employee - Biologist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Biologist in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I guess they can't fire you. Just clock in and hang out.

    Cons

    They can't fire the terrible workers either. Want to work with lazy people? Want to work for incompetent and out of touch bosses? Welcome to MDH. The people refuse to do their own work and try to compete for who will do the least work and most talking. One guy spent most of his day on Facebook in plain sight all day.

    The work they do is constantly wrong.

    No one knows what they are doing and an absolute lack of enthusiasm gets you a better job.

    The place has a revolving door.

    No raises for years. No cost of living increases for years.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the lazy people! Look closely at who is making mistakes and creating a hostile work environment.


  10. "Nursing Program Consultant lll"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Pay for parking. Can get on a list for the garage or free lot parking but may take years.