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Minnesota Department of Human Services Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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  1. "Multiple work cultures"

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    Current Employee - State Program Administrative Principal in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - State Program Administrative Principal in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Typical large employer benefits. Sick, vacation, health and dental insurance (though not as good as most large employers). Convenient location.

    Cons

    No raises or advancement. The agency is very large and really has multiple workplace cultures. Each work site, administration and division is different. Some are very toxic and others are pretty healthy. Being a state employee can be toxic with a GOP legislature or governor. Salaries far below private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing. Make some decisions.


  2. "Keep Looking - This Place Will Suck The Life Out of You"

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    Current Employee - Finance/Accounting in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Finance/Accounting in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice amount of time off - sick/vacation/holiday, and that's about it!

    Cons

    Poor management, all the way up - very top heavy organization! Terrible staff - lifers will kill your motivation. Hard work goes unnoticed and if you do work hard they will just keep adding to your responsibilities until you cannot handle it all. No oversight on spending and budget issues all the time! Poor pay compared with the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of poor performing staff and do something about the management. Show appreciation to hard working staff.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Where Ambition Goes to Die"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job security
    Flexible hours
    Excessive vacation time (if you stick around)

    Cons

    Limited pay
    Limited upward mobility
    Most employees are untalented and unmotivated


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic environment"

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    Current Employee - Security Counselor in Saint Peter, MN
    Current Employee - Security Counselor in Saint Peter, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. That is about it. The union isn't much help either, they are a very tight knit group who only seem to fight for what they want.

    Cons

    No rules or policies are ever set in stone. Way too many people in management and they are so gray in all areas that us little people are being set up for failure. Management, Clinical and Security all have a huge wall set up between them which often leads to uncomfortable situations. New staff are encouraged to "snitch" on other staff which leaves us in an environment where nobody cares to have each others backs. Which is very dangerous in a place like this. You will get reprimanded a dozen times and never shown any appreciation. Very unrewarding and 75% of Security staff are on FMLA because of anxiety and mental health issues brought on by working here.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work overall."

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist III in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Research Scientist III in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable working conditions. The stress-level is not as high as other places I've worked. Excellent benefits. Not profit-driven. The focus is on improving the health and quality of life for Minnesotans.

    Cons

    The HR dept is too rigid and cumbersome. They need to loosen the salary structure to keep talented, experienced employees.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce paperwork for supervisors and managers. Make use of the talent within DHS instead of hiring private contractors. Much of what we farm out could be done better and cheaper in-house.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Mn Dept of Human Sacrifices"

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    Former Employee - Contract Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Contract Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits with regular hours. Clean dry and warm.

    Cons

    The Commissioner and lots of management changes with every new governor. They all think they are reinventing things. Although there's a state law against nepotism there are always deals cut, people are given jobs because the commissioner owes them and then they sit and do nothing for years and years.

    Advice to Management

    When a system doesn't get implemented, go ask the worker bees where it failed. Don't ask the managers because they don't see that it is them. Managers won't take risks, put it all on third party vendors and won't make decisions themselves. Everyone continues to get paid the same whether they produce or not. A poor system.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Management lacking"

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    Current Employee - Information Technologist in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Information Technologist in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are reasonable. Some flexibility depending on supervisor. Line staff is knowledgeable and hard working. Very difficult to lose job.

    Cons

    Management lacks clear direction. No leadership in middle management. No opportunity for advancement. Lack of willingness to confront clear issues.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders cannot be made; they are born. Promote from within. Promote based on merit, not personal relationships and gender/race. Take a hard look at middle management. There are issues.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Huge bureaucracy with little chance for advancement"

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    Current Employee - State Program Administrator Principal in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - State Program Administrator Principal in Saint Paul, MN
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Telework opportunities for some days.

    Cons

    When I first started working here, I wanted to be a team player. Little did I know, my efforts to work hard were rewarded with basically nothing! If you are the type of person who works hard and likes innovation, this is not the place for you. DHS doesn’t like innovation of any kind. There are several non-IT people working in the IT department who are essentially worthless. If a computer program has stopped working properly and you are unable to do your job, you will have to submit a “ticket” to the IT department and they will basically sit on it because there are not enough actual IT people with the skills and capabilities to fix your computer. This is the type of work environment where people do the minimum amount of work to get by and nobody is held accountable. If you are looking to just collect a paycheck and do nothing- this place is for you!

    Advice to Management

    Trim the management and focus on what actually needs to get done at the department.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Worked here over 10 years and it only gets worse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working for a cause that serves the people; good vacation/sick time after you've been here over 10 years

    Cons

    Management is incompetent. They are completely politically driven and this causes a lot of work to be on hold or never get done. Legislative mandates are passes with no funding to implement. Workers are getting more and more work with no chance of promotion. They reward lazy workers and there's no room for advancement for the hard workers. Managers only care about those at a level of management on up. No concern for the general worker. People that have been here for years are staying as they believe in the work we do. People that have not been here for years are leaving left and right as they see the work they do is highly politically frustrating and no recognized nor appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hirinig senior management. This is the most top heavy I've ever seen the Department which has led to a less productive environment with all the politics. Look at staff advancement opportunties and start competing with the private market. Consider giving raises to hard working employees rather than going thru the reallocation process as the reallocation process does not work and more frequently denied to the general worker by HR than approved.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Very incompetent people"

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    Current Employee - Behavior Modification Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Behavior Modification Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Minnesota Department of Human Services part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Making a client's life easier which is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Very poor management.
    No consistency.
    Incompetent managers, supervisors and Dept. of Human Services staff.
    Lazy employees.
    Staff leaving work right on the minute and not a minute more.
    Poor managing and follow up on group homes.
    People who ge hired who have no compassion for clients.

    Advice to Management

    Follow up on policies and be more Consistent.
    Don't hire people who are uncaring and don't want to lift a finger anymore than they have to.


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