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Massachusetts Department of Education Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  1. "tough at first need a thick skin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast paced research and biotech oriented

    Cons

    Heavy on upper and middle management

    Advice to Management

    Remember your worker bees


  2. "Higher Ups Don't Treat Employees like Adults"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Massachusetts Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    It is a very stable job. Once you're in it is nearly impossible to get fired. For the most part, you don't need to be on call or checking email after work hours. Flex time is an option so you can choose your hours to an extent.

    Cons

    Because it is difficult to get fired, so many of my colleagues are totally checked out and not interested in going beyond the bare minimum. Also, I knew there would be additional bureaucracy in taking a government job but the level is insane. Managers do not trust employees to act as adults - from time management, to working from home, to dress code. There is also so much inflexibility that improvements just don't happen. Even when there is plenty of time and interest in making changes, I have been told not to improve systems. There are so many silos in the work that I don't know the names or jobs of people who sit 20 feet away from me, and people don't seem interested in getting to know new employees. Most importantly, so much of the work is compliance-oriented. It is nearly impossible to get someone to consider how we can actually support schools and teachers to make them better. I have heard people say, "Yeah, that should probably be part of what we're doing, but it would be hard to do."


  3. "Not a bad place to intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you get in a good group or have a great boss (like I did) then the work can be awesome. However, I get the impression not everyone is in that position.

    If you like the culture of a 9-5 and no one bugging you outside of work hours than you will certainly get that here. All good people that work very hard, but most seem to have a healthy work life balance. I never saw managers push employees to do more outside of their salaried hours.

    The possibility of influencing policy is also a great benefit to feel like you are working towards something more meaningful.

    Government work in a progressive state that likes to boast of having some of the best public schools in America does mean people/politicians pay attention to the department.

    It's government work so salaries were not that bad. However, intern rate for advanced graduate students was laughable, but often times was constrained by something someone put in a grant or standard government rates, etc.

    Cons

    Projects seem to shift so fast depending on what the Governor and Commissioner want to focus on and what soft money is available. It can be really discouraging to start something that seems like it might be really great to find out that it is shelved half way through the process or that ultimately it ends up on a shelf when senior level managers decide to do in another direction. Also, this is public policy and money talks, so you need to work within those constraints... this can be frustrating when things move in a direction against your better judgment. It seemed like opportunities to advance were non-existent in certain career paths. Continuing education was really not cutting edge. Building is not that desirable, as cubicles, grey carpet and dark windows can be a drag.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate the constraints you are working within to lower level employees to explain decision making.


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  5. "good benefits."

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    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist Assistant in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist Assistant in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Massachusetts Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, paid off time, sick days, vacation days, and holidays

    Cons

    not a lot of support from upper management


  6. "It is a very caring organization in a professional and customer-oriented setting"

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    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Massachusetts Department of Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The salary is good with excellent benefits. Flex time is available. The work is challenging, but manageable, and the atmosphere is very friendly. Opportunities for advancement are fair.

    Cons

    The job is sometimes a little stressful because of the volume of work and the deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Internship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Malden, MA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Malden, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Massachusetts Department of Education as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great, intelligent people who really cared about students
    Learned a lot and was given plenty of interesting projects to work on while not being overwhelmed with work

    Cons

    There were not a lot of cons, but also this was an internship position where I was not concerned about advancement or compensation.


  8. "Wish the knowledge was equal to pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malden, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malden, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wide exposure allows to learn many various different things. ok environment. Good place for temp job.

    Cons

    The salary isn't proportional to knowledge. You might stay 20 years and get close to 100k and all that time do very little, or come in and do lots of work with small salary. HR sucks... It takes about 4 months to get all paperwork done if hired and salary - most of the times will be matched to the lowest salary in the group unless hired as a contractor. Salary Increases are very rare and its about 3% in a couple of years if you in IT dept.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "satisifed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    job satisfaction, competitive pay, pension

    Cons

    political advancement hard to move up