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Updated February 22, 2018
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Edmund G. Brown Jr.
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  • 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. "good place to work, not complaining"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Management Auditor in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Management Auditor in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility, challenging, benefits, and work with a good team then no issues

    Cons

    workers can be lazy especially if not motivated and taxes seem to be super high

    Advice to Management

    strive for improvements


  2. "Working for the State has been the best decision I've ever made."

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are great and the people are like family.

    Cons

    Things change on a regular basis and are sometimes difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing and allow your employees to do their jobs .

  3. "Personnel Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Lancaster, CA
    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Lancaster, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Responsibility and resources used to complete work.
    Initial training at the State Controllers Office is thorough
    Yearly retention bonus.
    Great beginning position if you plan to work in Human Resources, Finance, or Accountancy for the State of California.

    Cons

    Workload can be overwhelming if you have a large caseload.
    Salary dies not match the level of work required to perform.
    Classification should be an Analysis position.

    Advice to Management

    Train train train!


  4. "State work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits & people who work and lead

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, folks who are used to doing things one way


  5. "Good balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Architect in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Web Architect 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

    Working for State of CA gives me good work life balance

    Cons

    politics is built-in due to public state job and also the salary can be low especially for IT.


  6. "SSA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and good work

    Cons

    No real cons so far


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager of State Govt Employees"

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    Current Employee - SSMI in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - SSMI in Fresno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of training for managers or supervisors, and a lot of holidays off.

    Cons

    Savy individuals learn to play the system. Often they even know how to conduct themselves during an interview to be the top candidate.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up. Let managers have more control over hiring.

  8. "State employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at State of California full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a very diverse position and offered a lot of growth potential. Project work was rewarding and offered many opportunity to cross train and take on work outside of the primary duty area.

    Cons

    The hiring process is oftentimes very cumbersome as there is not one central mechanism to apply for jobs. Not every department allows for online applications.

    Advice to Management

    It’s more to Statep process. The hiring process should be standardized. Also, technology jobs should me modified to better align to private industry.


  9. "Excellent workplace"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Psychiatric Tech in Coalinga, CA
    Current Employee - Psychiatric Tech in Coalinga, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security, set schedule, great coworkers

    Cons

    Walking distance to and from work destination


  10. "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of California full-time

    Pros

    flexible hours, laid back work environment, lots of benefits and vacation.

    Cons

    no easy way to move up or make more money, not merit based and only way to get promoted is to work here more years

    Advice to Management

    give incentive for people to move up within the state and to be successful at their position


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