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State of Iowa Reviews

Updated October 14, 2017
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  • The governor seems to hate state workers (in 3 reviews)

  • benefit changes in the works, planned decrease of staff (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Secretary for the Labor Division, got Contractor Registration back up & running with the help of others. Enjoyed IWD."

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    Former Employee - Secretary to the Labor Division in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Secretary to the Labor Division in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wish there would have been more recognition for all the hard work I put into my positions. Still loved my job.

    Cons

    Often times times had more work then one person could handle even though I was a well organized worker.

    Advice to Management

    An Amazing place to work with great benefits. A Honor to work there. Hope to get back on with the State in the near future.


  2. "State Shame"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job that pays.

    Cons

    No raises, unrealistic expectations from management. Threats of firing employees for minor infractions. Long time employees leaving due to being harassed.

  3. "Court attendant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux City, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at State of Iowa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Regular work hours 8-4:30 every day

    Cons

    Low pay, with not much opportunity to get a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to give employees additional responsibilities so they can earn higher salary.


  4. "RTW at GRC"

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    Current Employee - Resident Treatment Worker in Glenwood, IA
    Current Employee - Resident Treatment Worker in Glenwood, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, tons of extra overtime, decent co workers and in my case, great supervisor and tpm.

    Cons

    Mandated to work a lot, hard to get vacation, miscommunication between management and direct care, no appreciation, work holidays and weekends, forced to work in unfamiliar units, possibility of being severely hurt by clients.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your direct care staff, follow through with promises, support direct care staff always.


  5. "Do Not Recommend"

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    Current Employee - Case Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Iowa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    8-430, Monday through Friday, government holidays, casual dress are the only benefits of most positions.

    Cons

    Low wages, decrease in benefits, poor raises, little room for growth, ZERO opportunity for continued education other than usual trainings, overall terrible leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, end the favoritism, nepotism, and provide educational incentives
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  6. "Content"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best pay and benefits for my profession for now

    Cons

    Concerned about loss of benefits come January. Government took away all our union negotiated benefits


  7. "IWD"

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    Current Employee - Workforce Advisor in Sioux City, IA
    Current Employee - Workforce Advisor in Sioux City, IA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Their fringe benefits and salary are the best.

    Cons

    Opportunity for advancement in outlying offices is limited.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "DHS Decade Veteran"

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    Former Employee - Typist Advanced in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Typist Advanced in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Iowa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Awesome affordable benefit options, including some of the best retirement options I have ever had access to. Great sick leave and vacation policy.

    Cons

    You need those sick and vacation days because managment will drive you absolutly INSANE!!! I do not posess a college degree and was pretty much let know by one member of managment that I was lucky to have my job and have those awesome benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone has worth, life experiences can sometimes be worth as much if not more than a college degree. If someone has managed to be at a job for a decade with perfect performance reviews up until you got there, there was a reason.


  9. "Working for the state"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for a state gives you great benefits and job security.

    Cons

    Starting pay is kind of low comparing to other private sectors.

    Advice to Management

    Management is pretty good, great connection with employees.


  10. "Human Services"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits- for now-including insurance, retirement, and leave.

    Cons

    Lots of pressure. Overworked. Current administration does not value public employees.


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