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Ohio Department of Health Columbus Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. "Program Administrator II"

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    Former Employee - Program Administrator II in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Program Administrator II in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ohio Department of Health full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn new software programs, participate on teams, and educational and financial benefits.

    Cons

    Some management staff are somewhat ridged.

    Advice to Management

    Stop relocating ridged managers from bureau to bureau and office to office to help them keep their jobs. Give ridged managers accounts to work on, not people.


  2. "Worker for several good years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ohio Department of Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked with great people at the time

    Cons

    No help from the top down, limited growth and favoritism by management for non workers. You do more of the work and the chief gets credit but yet will bug you to get something the chief wants. You can get blamed for somethings that you didn't do and after proven wrong, no apology, just continue harassment. The union can't help when they can't help themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Quit micro managing and be fair. Do no bring personal problems to work and promote those who do a great job and discipline those who don't do their job on a yearly basis

  3. "Great people, toxic environment"

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    Former Employee - Program Consultant in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Program Consultant in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Loved my program and co-workers (nice people!)

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, politicized environment, high turnover in management, limited potential for advancement/promotion


  4. "Senior management and leadership do not foster a culture supportive of the mission or the dedicated staff working there."

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Ohio Department of Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hard working, dedicated program level staff.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership. Lack of support for public health mission.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way and let your programs grow.


  5. "I served as a consultant to ODH for over 25 years and found it both challenging and professionally fullfilling"

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    Former Employee - Public Health Consultant in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Public Health Consultant in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ohio Department of Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunity for continued education. An opportunity to work with dedicated public health experts from many fields who really come together in a crises or emergency.

    Cons

    As with any government entity, accountability and red tape provide more than their share of roadblocks in accomplishing any task.


  6. "I think generally satisfaction with the job varies dramatically between bureaus, so my experience may be worse than some"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Researcher in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Salary, time off, and benefits are generally very good
    Staff can be very passionate about their work
    Schedules are generally flexible
    Union protection (for now) is a plus

    Cons

    Experience the typical frustrations with bureaucracy
    Nearly impossible to move up
    Our bureau (my unit, particularly) was routinely over worked and understaffed
    We have been under a wage freeze for almost four years
    Expectations are not always clearly communicated
    Some favoritism
    Extremely low morale
    Many staff are given more work and are more competent than many managers

    Advice to Management

    Do not keep staff in the dark about decisions and changes
    Change HR standards to allow more flexibility on behalf of the hiring manager


  7. "Reviewed"

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    Current Employee - Health Planning Administrator in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Health Planning Administrator in Columbus, OH
    Recommends

    Pros

    Provides good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Very political environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide good leadership.

  8. "If you love to be micromanaged by people that don't understand your job, this is the place to be!"

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    Current Employee - Immunization Program Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Immunization Program Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I feel passionate about the work that I do (initiating, expanding, developing, and maintaining programs that are designed to prevent disease). Despite the bureaucracy and many hurdles that I have faced, I feel that I have accomplished a lot during my time here. Although executive staff tends to micromanage me, my direct supervisor has been supportive.

    Cons

    The current leadership does not seem to value staff education and experience. Therefore, our insights and ideas tend to be discounted. We are micromanaged to the point of having executive staff review and rewrite our memos. I manage a $100 million program and I am no longer allowed to sign even a simple memo myself without approval from executive staff - so it takes a minimum of a month to get anything sent out. It is embarassing to have to answer questions from our partners about why it takes so long to get simple tasks accomplished and I have grown weary of the hours of wasted time.

    Advice to Management

    Consider that there are many highly educated, highly experienced, and highly motivated staff members who feel passionate about their jobs. Don't discount their insights and ideas - and please stop micromanaging us.


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