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State of Colorado - OIT Reviews

Updated March 6, 2019
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State of Colorado - OIT Secretary of Technology & State Chief Information Officer Sumana Nallapati
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "User Acceptance Tester"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Good pay
    Calm adult atmosphere
    My boss has a family first attitude and backs it up

    Cons

    There is a 6-9 month waiting list for a parking pass that costs 55.00/month. While waiting, finding parking is an adventure. Sometimes a very costly one. The health insurance options are not great. I pay a lot for my monthly premium and then still get hit hard with deductibles.

    Advice to Management

    No one should have to wait for parking. It causes a burden. There should be better security in the area when people are getting off of work and headed to their vehicles.


  2. "Fired For Reporting Recurring Workplace Bullying and Sabotage. Upper Leadership Retaliated Against Me."

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    Former Employee - Help Desk in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Help Desk in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Colorado - OIT full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Close to a pizza place and a coffee shop

    Cons

    This was the most appalling, insane organization I have ever worked at in my entire life. After reading previous posts about this place, on several sites, I am relieved to know that I am not alone in what I've seen and experienced there.

    Here is a brief primer on the treatment you can expect to receive at OIT:

    • You will be yelled at, over innocuous things, and in front of your co-workers, by a fearful, dishonest, functional illiterate "leader" (who cannot spell one-syllable words properly--I kid you not.) in an effort to discredit you, particularly if you are smarter (and more honest) than they are .
    • That same "leader" will use sleazy, nefarious tactics to steal your position out from under you. Yes, that person was promoted based on manipulation, not merit.
    Now I know why that so-called "leader" cringes at the sight of snakes: One is staring back at them in their mirror every day.

    • Your bathroom breaks will be controlled (Hard to believe, but true!): The same "leader" limited our bathroom breaks to our two 15-minute breaks and lunch. This resulted in one new hire quitting within two months after they starting working there. They left in disgust of that "leader" and stated that it was because of her why they felt so disgruntled.

    •You will be bullied, and your work will be sabotaged, by that same "leader". You will have no recourse if you report it (regardless of expert witnesses and rock solid "smoking gun" evidence presented to higher-ups).
    Instead, you will be retaliated against by getting fired, which is evident that the upper leadership team lacks critical thinking and conflict resolution skills.
    They only know how to manage with fear and retaliation.

    • You will be passed over for promotions due to the nepotism and cronyism there.

    • If you are bright, and refuse to put up with garbage treatment, you will be the victim of "workplace mobbing”, perpetrated by the same above-noted (and very morally bankrupt) "leader" and her little lynch mob.

    NOTE: Workplace mobbing/bullying is the targeting, group bullying (led by a ring-leader such as a manager or supervisor), discrediting, marginalizing, back-stabbing, sabotaging, smearing, and the eventual forcing out of intelligent, conscientious employees.

    • Lazy, incompetent higher ups, who brag about their years of professional experience, will refuse to investigate matters like "workplace mobbing/bullying" properly, and will make knee-jerk decisions based on what they see on the surface, rather than fully investigate valid complaints (despite evidence and witnesses presented to them).
    Basically, incompetence, coupled with arrogance and duplicity best describes some of the upper management there.

    The building, located in the Uptown area of Denver, was equally below-par as the management team.
    It has a poor air filtration system, which circulated a questionable white gritty powder or dust (due to construction inside the building), virus after virus, sickness after sickness, all throughout the year. People would cough non-stop.
    One year, practically everybody ended up with a respiratory infection, which spread throughout the office, and lasted 8 weeks, followed by a round of head colds right afterwards.
    The bathrooms leave a lot to be desired; some employees need to be potty trained. One employee was spotted washing their hair in the sink!

    The pay is cheap. The office area is dirty. The carpeting is dirty. The furniture is old. The decor is outdated. Last time I was there, there was a sign on the break room refrigerator asking people not to steal other people's lunches.

    Homeless people will sneak into the building and steal purses, lunches from the break room, and other property, because there is no security guard on site. People have been robbed in the nearby parking lots, or found their cars broken into. Gang members walk around and spray paint everything in sight - including the OIT building, and the bus stop in front of the building.

    One new hire, who didn't give notice when they quit, refused to set foot in the building to return their badge, because they were so disgusted with how they were treated by management. Another person simply walked out, without saying a word, and would not return phone calls for a week.

    My whole experience there could be summed up in one word: Vile!

    Advice to Management

    People quit because of poor management - not because "they found a better job". It is your poor choice in supervisors, and their dishonest behavior, that drives talented, sensible people out of your organization. When 70 - 75% of a team is wiped out (quit/fired) within a year, it's clearly due to poor management. Don't kid yourselves.

    Treating employees like furniture smacks of second-class behavior, and so does firing people who have addressed real, valid issues. One such issue was regarding that poor excuse of a "leader" perpetrating workplace bullying, and sabotaging an employee's work (which was MY EXCELLENT WORK - and I didn't appreciate it one iota!).

    The leadership team should refrain from promoting "office politicians", buddies, family members, and liars with no real credible management experience, or no college education in management.
    Working a few months at a beauty supply retail store doesn't mean that one will possess managerial competencies.
    In fact, you might want to tell some of your supervisors to spend less time stuffing their faces with food and more time learning how to spell.

  3. "Well Balanced, Respectful, Team-Oriented Organization"

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

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

    Pros

    -Work-life balance
    -Employee recognition & opportunity for growth
    -Considerable vacation and holiday leave, in addition to separate leave for sick-time
    -Traditional Pension & 401K options
    -Culture of respect is practiced and organizational values are given active attention in the playbook/roadmap
    -Although parking isn't ideal, it is better than some downtown companies who do not provide any parking or financial assistance

    Cons

    -HQ needs some updating
    -Not enough parking for all staff at HQ

    Advice to Management

    Try to find a parking solution.


  4. "Opportunities Abound"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and lots of opportunities for continued improvement and impacting the state I love.

    Cons

    Takes time to make change but it is possible.

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you're doing to bring more technology to the state.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Potential is there..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Colorado - OIT full-time

    Pros

    The agency is starting to realize that they need to get with the times. We are starting to bring in leadership from the private sector, and the change is refreshing and necessary. We have to move with the speed of tech, and getting leadership with experience with Agile and modern technologies will help.

    Cons

    Leadership is only as successful as the people behind them. It's clear that OIT is full of people (especially at the middle management layer) who are content being paper pushers with no sense of accountability and no desire to evolve. Until those people are gone, the new vision of a customer obsessed, progress minded organization can't be successful.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to clean house. Get rid of these career middle managers who clearly have no desire to innovate or hold their staff accountable. Time for a new world order!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't waste your time here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at State of Colorado - OIT full-time

    Pros

    If you like to coast this is the place for you. We had a guy on our team not show up for 2 months before our boss noticed. That's how much of a joke this place is. So if you want to just not show up a day here and there then this is the right job for you.

    Cons

    You won't learn anything new. You'll be surrounded by completely incompetent people.

    Advice to Management

    Actually pay up for real experience and cut the coasters.


  7. "Computer operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of Colorado - OIT full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits stable job no layoffs

    Cons

    No career paths pay raise and promotions rare

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Procurement"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Buyer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at State of Colorado - OIT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast pace and great people to work with throughout the agencies

    Cons

    Bad Management and zero moral

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites and allow others to provide knowledge to the team


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Rewards failure…."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is not uncommon to be a budget analyst one day and then an IT Director the next.
    It is also not uncommon to be a red hat administrator and then designing a 70 million dollar project the next. No worries, no consequences if you fail, in fact you will get promoted and awards for your effort even if you spend the 70 million dollars with no results. It may be a detriment if you produce something working.
    It is all about who you have relationships within the organization, nothing else matters. No worries, if you have no skills in managing the project, they will make up skills for you in some form of architect guru of sorting out business requirements for systems that once existed.
    As long as you have friends in high places, they will protect you at all costs and promote you above all.

    Cons

    In fact, if you make a point that you could fix something or help out, it is considered rude, and you will be instantly labeled a troublemaker as you may show up someone who is not so bright. The best advise if you are not friends with leadership is just give up and do what can without drawing any attention to yourself. Otherwise, update your resume and leave. They seem to like people leaving all the time. Avoids any record keeping on history of people screaming and punishing people from management.

    Advice to Management

    Be responsible for tax dollars and utilize real talent for once. If you do not who in your organization has real skills, then find someone who does and find them. Listening to your yes men daily is not helpful.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great job security"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of Colorado - OIT full-time

    Pros

    Great job security, if you are at least not terrible at your work. relatively good working environment and benefit. Most middle-level managers are good.

    Cons

    Relatively low pay (duh). Not much space for career advance. young state agency with unclear direction. Upper management keeps changing and therefore policies.

    Advice to Management

    please create more space and path to advance employee's career. Keep working on hearing the feedback from them and improve/change the current situation.