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Oklahoma Department of Human Services Reviews

Updated October 4, 2017
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  • Demanding work environment, long hours at times, no overtime pay (in 9 reviews)

  • low pay, long unpredictable hours, low employee appreciation by State, unpredictable budget cuts (2017), expect to do more with less (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Inspiring and gratifying."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oklahoma Department of Human Services full-time

    Pros

    Safety and service to others is always at my core and I've been able to serve many people at my job with DHS.

    Cons

    Sometimes the balance between work and home life is challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Be the kind of people you want your employees to be.


  2. "Social services specialist II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Human Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Care about people and family environment

    Cons

    Not compensated enough and can burnout easily

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers

  3. "In the meantime"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Helping people is the good part

    Cons

    monthly pay under paid


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Gain Experience"

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    Current Employee - Human Services Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Human Services Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Adjustable work week available. The Human Resources Division Unit really works hard to mentor and retain their staff.

    Cons

    Pay isn't very competitive. That's not an unknown fact working in the public service sector though.


  5. "Good benefits, this it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskogee, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskogee, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Oklahoma Department of Human Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, help people

    Cons

    State budget is always in dire stress, raises 2 x every 10 yrs, get paid less each new year due to insurance prem. Rising but no raise.

    Advice to Management

    Pay raises, higher benefit allowance, better stability.


  6. "I enjoyed working at DHS, but the culture of the office was not very innovative or creative."

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Human Services (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are: Good benefits. Decent Pay. Paid Holidays. Potential for grant-funded work. Flexible schedule. Office environment. Weekends and evenings off work

    Cons

    Conventional attitudes. Restrictive bureaucracy. Frequent budget cuts make employment unstable. High stress. Potential for being overworked (as there are never enough employees).

    Advice to Management

    Hiring more young people, foster a culture of innovation, creativity, and problem solving. Hire or promote more women to management positions - the majority of employees are female but most high level executives are male.


  7. "Not too terrible..."

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    Former Employee - Child Support Specialist II in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Child Support Specialist II in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Human Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping customers by giving them info. that they needed, coworkers helped each other build morale amongst teams, made a few friends without the bad attitude of "I don't come to work to make friends..." Upper Management tried to act positive but they were a bunch of liars in the end...

    Cons

    Customers who felt that they were entitled; customers who blamed the worker for the negative in their lives even though they procreated with bad people; coworkers who were lazy and complacent where you had to finish work for them because they purposefully didn't complete their own work; managers who babied these employees and are hard on the better-employees.

    Advice to Management

    Who cares if the staff are no longer on probation?! They're taking advantage of the system. Get rid of them! The offices wouldn't have had employees who took the lump-sum and left. The people that are still there are really lazy, useless people...

  8. "I love the people I work with here, but don't love the structure of the agency and it's processes most of the time."

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    Current Employee - Child Welfare Specialist II in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Child Welfare Specialist II in Norman, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best reasons are the people who enter this job with you. You become family. Also, all of the people you help, and the successes you see.

    Cons

    Very high caseloads, extreme stress at times, and very tough decision making about people's literal lives. You also work well over a 40 hour work week on a regular basis, and it's not something that is optional, nor can it be controlled.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with an Emergency Plan to help workers when the entire counties caseloads are over a 200% Capacity.


  9. "Rewarding and stressful."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Human Services full-time

    Pros

    Employee benefits are good. If you have the time it was rewarding to be able to help people.

    Cons

    With all the budget cuts, caseloads grew. There was no time for any worker client interaction.


  10. "Child Welfare Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Child Welfare Specialist III in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Child Welfare Specialist III in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Human Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They do offer good medical, dental, and eye benefits from the beginning. Each year, you get a bonus which grows every two years.

    Cons

    The pay could be a lot better. They expect people to do too much work for the pay. The training could be better. You make decisions for families and sometimes they are the least of two evils.

    Advice to Management

    Get better training and lower caseloads.


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