State of California Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2020

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State of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. (no image)
Edmund G. Brown Jr.
106 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits, upward mobility and vast experience opportunities(in 48 reviews)

  • "Job security, advancement opportunities, benefits package(in 22 reviews)

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  1. "awesome"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State of California full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, upward mobility and vast experience opportunities.

    Cons

    Pay cuts or furloughs may be assigned.

  2. "Great job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Services Analyst (General) in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of California full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Steady, reliable, regular work, high job security

    Cons

    overcrowded, not enough pay, bureaucracy and red tape, with the occasional lack luster coworker.

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  3. "CA State"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Scientist 

    I worked at State of California full-time

    Pros

    Job security and work life balance.

    Cons

    A high degree of inefficiency and waste.

  4. "It pays the bills"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of California full-time

    Pros

    leave and benefits are great

    Cons

    competitive promotions, statement of qualifications are absurd

  5. "Great"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at State of California part-time

    Pros

    Flexible with schedules and get to visit state parks for free.

    Cons

    Only get to work 1500 hours a year.

  6. "Red tape can be frustrating, but they take care of you"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at State of California full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Job security, advancement opportunities, benefits package

    Cons

    Lots of complicated processes and regulations

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  7. "Great but SLOW"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at State of California full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They say that the state provides great stability which it does but that depends on your personal definition of stability. I have great coworkers and have a cool job for it being a state job. My Deputy Director is fantastic and has a great vision for our Division.

    Cons

    Everything moves at a glacial pace, except when my boss has an assignment needed NOW. It is a bit unorganized and I get frustrated wanting to move things along and complete tasks but there are so many hoops to jump through that it gets discouraging. I understand, we are dealing with tax payer dollars and there is a system of checks and balances but I just wish that I wasn't so limited. There are a lot fewer jobs as you move up the ranks as usual but not many outside of Sacramento, depending on the department you work in.

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  8. "Kind of cool"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Services Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of California full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Guaranteed consistant work and secured job

    Cons

    Low wages, pay cuts every year, health care cost goes up every year

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  9. "Lots of opportunities"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Staff Services Manager I in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at State of California full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    salary, benefits, work environment, longevity

    Cons

    inconsistent supervision and messaging, red tape

  10. "RN"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN 

    I worked at State of California full-time

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and management was nice

    Cons

    Driving long distances with minimal notice

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