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Ohio Public Employees Retirement System Reviews

Updated January 14, 2017
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  1. "Prefect place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Health Environment at work and relation with employees

    Cons

    not much to say about the cons


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benfits and hours. very flexible in some depts.

    Cons

    snobby attitudes, not too much room for growth like they say


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Professional staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Powell, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Powell, OH

    I have been working at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, hours and facility

    Cons

    Not a lot of cross departmental unity


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  5. "Be Warned."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Amazing co-workers. Fun events around the office. They really put forth the effort to get to know their employees and make them feel important.

    Cons

    It is fairly easy to get burned out as the work is repetitive and ever evolving. Dealing with the members can be very taxing as with any customer service position.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Member Service Representative- I worked at OPERS for 1 year and 6 months."

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    Former Employee - Member Service Representative in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Member Service Representative in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I got to help people that would call in with questions about their plan, their options, and how to begin the process for receiving their benefits.

    Cons

    Management is HORRIBLE! Especially if they feel intimidated by your skill level. If they are unable to get you to resign by their bullying or taunting of ones physical disability, they will resort to the point that they will completely fabricate a situation and set of events that would ultimately cost someone their job. Knowing this was all fabricated-along with management believing that they are above the process of allowing an employee to speak to HR about a situation-They said the employee could not- decision was made. It is simply if you are not part of their "click" they will lie- cheat- and falsely create information to get rid of you.

    Advice to Management

    Ms. Karen Carraher along with Upper Management needs to look into each and every "termination" OPERS is losing excellent- intelligent, and dedicatedly motivated employees, unjustly. It's a matter of time before these managers, with the high school mentality, will have to answer for their shady actions and practices.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mail Center Specialist II"

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    Former Employee - Specialist II in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Specialist II in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Team Environment throughout organization
    Great benefits (pension, healthcare, savings plans, etc.)
    Variety of Responsibilities/Lots of Change
    Chance for Advancement within the organization

    Cons

    Sometimes too bureaucratic
    A bit of disconnect between high upper level management and rest of the organization (not much worse than a typical organization of this size but worth noting)


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Toxic environment and unethical management. Gives public service a bad name!!"

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    Current Employee - Current Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers-I met some great people and learned quite a bit about public service and retirement systems. A few good Managers and Supervisors, but not enough to make it an acceptable place to work.

    Cons

    Paternalistic organization (do not talk in the elevator). New hires that are brought into the organization often lack the appropriate skill sets that are required. Do not be fooled by the largeness of the organization or assets because it is not a great place to work. Multiple lawsuits, disgruntled staff-I cannot believe the Ohio Attorney General has not been more proactive investigating this organizations smoke and mirrors. The Member Services Department is the gates of hell, very inept and dishonest management. You are warned!! No room for advancement if you are educated or have experience-you become a threat to upper "management".

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the Board-clean out upper management and all the middle people. It is a very stressful and toxic environment that is perpetuated from the top down. You are providing a disservice, not a service to the public employees of Ohio.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Highly Toxic Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System full-time

    Pros

    Large organization with a very stable asset base

    Cons

    The ethics of this organization are highly questionable. It starts at the very top. The CEO makes decisions based on hearsay, internal unsubstantiated gossip, emotions or what she determines to be popular, not what is right for the organization or what will make the organization stronger. She hides behind her accounting background claiming she is a numbers/by the book person.....but, this is all a veil to cover up ineptitude, gross negligence and a vindictive insecure personality. Manipulation of numbers or manufacturing of evidence against individuals is all common place in this organization, despite constant reassurances that everything is done "by the book". Witch-hunts are a common practice that keeps everyone unnecessarily on edge. As the CEO sets the example of what is acceptable behavior nearly all her direct reports follow and it trickles down throughout the organization into a highly toxic culture.

    The organization has massive deficiencies and they are constantly being covered up because the senior brass is inept and does not even realize how huge the deficiencies are. Any attempt to bring this to management's attention is usually covered up and the individual that makes the observation will eventually suffer the consequences of speaking up. I have seen a great deal in my years in this organization and anyone that is capable is desperately trying to get out unless they have family here that forces them to stay. The talented or hard working individuals either leave out of complete frustration or are sooner or later forced out by the old timers which creates a cycle reinforcing bad behavior and incompetence. Most of the old timers sit around plotting against and planning the demise of anyone that makes them work. (The CEO is an old timer which only makes matters worse as she defends these actions) There is also a great deal of mistrust and envy between departments making cooperation very difficult. Again, from my observations it was the CEO that was fostering rather than putting an end to this clear and unnecessary/unproductive dysfunction.

    I witnessed a fair amount while in this organization so I guess i would summarize my advice to any new talented employee with an old saying....."When an unethical organization meets a good manager with a strong and ethical reputation, it is the organization's reputation that remains intact." For good reason, morale could not be lower in this organization and unfortunately there is nothing that can break this cycle unless you remove the senior brass and replace them with strong outsiders as it all starts at the very top.

    Advice to Management

    Many have tried to help you over the years. Through witch hunts or substantiated gossip by old timers you have eliminated the few really intelligent people that tried to make this a better place. At this point my only advice it to resign.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Inept politicized environment."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Officer in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Investment Officer in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work pace. Everybody below the senior management is nice.

    Cons

    Unethical senior management, inept board. HR office falsifies data to support managers who wish to fire people. Revolving door while I was there in our area and they will systemically make false accusations - and consistently lose - to attempt to deny unemployment benefits. Senior management simply looking out for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Without political reform that restructures the board and demands accountability I do not see upside.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Worst place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I apologize, but I can not come up with any pros. This establishment was the contributor to severe depression and several medical issues, for me.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and lack of fair treatment. Management were instructed to micro-manage their departments. Needless to say, morale took a dramatic drop. Gender reverse discrimination occurred on a daily basis. Poor job descriptions and unclear expectations from management. The upper management does not accept valid business opinions which would benefit the organization. They, instead, terminate individuals who offer this to the organization.

    Advice to Management

    This advice is not necessarily for upper management. This advice is the organization's board ... terminate all upper management and hire individuals who know how to manage a business.


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