State of Colorado Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2020

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3.3
62%
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State of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
John Hickenlooper
40 Ratings
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  • "Paid less than you would in the private sector(in 12 reviews)

  • "Limited Growth, Low Pay, Short Hours(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great Support Excellent Benefits"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Court Clerk 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time

    Pros

    Great support systems Excellent Benefits Wonderful Team

    Cons

    Immediate supervisor was not good at training or leadership

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  2. "Other than benefits, you can find better opportunities elsewhere (public and private)"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator III in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Health benefits are pretty good but only two choices - HMO or PPO. Dental was pretty awful though not the fault of State (very few options in Colorado). * Forced retirement/pension in PERA, no social security taxes. * EcoPass (only certain agencies are eligible). * Decent work-life balance (highly dependent on your job and agency). * Feeling like you're making a difference (usually). * Good values despite the cons below - most State employees are very dedicated to their jobs and will bend over backwards to ensure it gets done right. * Eligibility in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

    Cons

    * Open competitive job announcements are rarely competitive - cronyism is alive and well in all agencies, so even if you're the most qualified candidate, if there's a friend of the hiring manager applying then you're SOL. * Recruiting and HR is by agency and it's painfully slow. Expect 3-4 months between application and interview (if you get that far); expect to be ghosted. * Pay is pretty dismal in most positions and forget getting raises even for performance. * "OIT" is mostly non-certified at will positions. * Advancement opportunities are limited despite what you're told. * Paid monthly (this may have changed). * Leadership is clueless and doesn't take time to engage with their employees and instead play the blame game. * PERA isn't stable and won't be for years; younger employees get screwed because of choices made 20 years ago (allowing early retirement, buying years, etc). * PERA means you won't pay social security. If you don't have enough credits before starting you won't get it.

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  3. "Take the good with the bad"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time

    Pros

    We went from DOS to a Windows based program.

    Cons

    Takes a lot of time and effort to fix anything.

  4. "Reliable Job"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Parker, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team members now that the "old school" members have moved on

    Cons

    Policies are constantly being changed

  5. "Working for the Captain at Englewood FCI"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Orderly in Littleton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of Colorado part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relaxing, Simple, Friendly Atmosphere

    Cons

    Limited Growth, Low Pay, Short Hours

  6. "Unsafe work environment"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Youth Services Specialist II in Golden, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    We looked out for each other. Some of the youth were teachable and coachable and invested in their treatment.

    Cons

    Very unsafe, short staffed, three months after I left they had three escapes and a riot.

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  7. "Love the People"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Real Estate Portfolio Agent 

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time

    Pros

    Great People, wonderful mission, challenging and variety of work

    Cons

    Its the Government, which means its bureaucratic

  8. "Hard Working People Lots of Barriers"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at State of Colorado full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You’re contributing to making your community better.

    Cons

    There are a lot of barriers to getting things done.

  9. "Job security"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumables Team Leader 

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

    Pros

    Definitely never a dull moment, always have job security, flexible schedule, 10 paid holidays great benefits

    Cons

    Pay, drama, mundane work

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  10. "Amazing experience working with very sharp colleagues!"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very driven, smart, tech-savvy group. Organization as a whole is extremely modern, technology implementation is future-focused, overall amazing experience.

    Cons

    Some things can take longer than expected (to be expected in government or any large org)...

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