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State of California Reviews

Updated September 16, 2017
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Edmund G. Brown Jr.
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Pros
  • Great benefits including health and retirement (in 21 reviews)

  • good benefits, good vacation time and ability to carry over year to year (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay compared to same jobs in private sector (in 7 reviews)

  • Low upward mobility for career growth (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Financial Institutions Examiner"

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    Current Employee - Financial Institutions Examiner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Institutions Examiner in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of California full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Vacation. Benefits. Pension. Traveling. Assignments constantly changing, work not tedious.

    Cons

    Low Salary compared to counterparts. Ceiling is set (no commission).


  2. "Its alright"

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    Current Employee - Program Technician II in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Program Technician II in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of California full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pays well regularly and provides excellent benefits for my family

    Cons

    Expect to gain 40 pounds

    Advice to Management

    They dont listen really

  3. "Staff Services Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Staff Services Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Services Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State of California full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best benefits you could ask for.

    Cons

    The interview process takes forever - at least 2 - 3 month process.


  4. "Key Data Operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of California full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work at.

    Cons

    Better balancing of home life, school, and work.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and be more understanding of employee's home, school and work goals.


  5. "Systems Software Specialist III"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at State of California full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Get to work on highly technical projects

    Cons

    Many of the middle managers lack skills and experience


  6. "Working for the State provides stability"

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    Current Employee - Mental Health Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Mental Health Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State of California full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits (health/ dental/vision/ retirement), stable, paid time off, annual pay increases, mobility

    Cons

    People can't get fired for being lazy

    Advice to Management

    Support, empower and motivate your staff...just might increase productivity!


  7. "paramedical nurse"

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    Current Employee - Paramedical Nurse in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Paramedical Nurse in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State of California full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    steady paychecks and lots of clients

    Cons

    people die everyday so the job can be depressing.

  8. "Less stress than private sector, and less pay, good balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State of California full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid time off, Pension, healthcare, education and training, upward mobility, content employees, good work-life balance

    Cons

    the management is not consistent in styles or beliefs. Working from home is hit or miss. If you manager is good then life is good, if you have a micro-managing nazi of a manager then it will ruin your experience. Also, some managers have become managers through tenure, not through talent or ability.

    Advice to Management

    Have more group-thinks and training to learn how to keep your employees satisfied and not desiring to leave. Managers need to be working hard to keep state employment an attracted desired workplace, otherwise people will move on to private sector higher paying jobs.


  9. "attorney III"

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    Former Employee - Attorney III in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney III in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at State of California full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    no billable hour requirement or measuring tenths of hours. Health care package and pension seems good (for now).

    Cons

    no bonus; no negotiating for salary increases except for union. Union not particularly helpful but costs $45 per month.

    Advice to Management

    More training for staff AND MANAGEMENT needed.


  10. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of California full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable employment, personal commitments are respected.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to same jobs in private sector. Quality employees difficult to retain while bad employees are virtually tenured.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate goals and objectives to your team often.


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