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State of Iowa Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Decent pay, great benefits including awesome retirement (in 10 reviews)

  • Great work life balance and plenty of challenges (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The governor seems to hate state workers (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great culture and benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Iowa full-time

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the positive atmosphere in my department.

    Cons

    The tunnels are musty and dank.


  2. "Terrible Management"

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    Current Employee - Income Maintenance Worker II in Council Bluffs, IA
    Current Employee - Income Maintenance Worker II in Council Bluffs, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    excellent low-cost benefits, however those are up in the air with current anti-union legislation (2017). Good training

    Cons

    terrible management at all levels- not allowed to speak to your coworkers, tracking bathroom use, discrimination and totally different treatment for different groups of employees, constant pressure to do poorer quality work fast (quantity over quality)

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back. Trust that the employees you've selected can do their jobs without you bullying them to use the bathroom less. Let them take the time to actually help people and provide good customer service rather than rushing them off the phone to improve your performance data.


  3. "Not a great place to work"

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

    I worked at State of Iowa full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and regular pay increases

    Cons

    Very political, lots of favorites played and nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Value hard work over friendships


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  5. "Government employment"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    benefits, paid holidays, retirement options, union

    Cons

    benefit changes in the works, planned decrease of staff

    Advice to Management

    Benefits are important to employees as well as legislators.


  6. "Attorney II"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, great benefits including awesome retirement

    Cons

    Political correctness stifles the atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  7. "Telecommunications Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Administrator of CISCO Unified Call Manager in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Administrator of CISCO Unified Call Manager in West Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Location, Benefits, flexibility, community, working environment

    Cons

    location, state, advancement opportunity, work schedule flexibility


  8. "IT"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and plenty of challenges.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy of government can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management.


  9. "ITS II"

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

    Pros

    - **Your agency makes or breaks you. Some are good, some are bad. Mine is good.

    - only 40 hrs a week. No more, no less. Good work life balance.

    -somewhat flexible in scheduling.

    -union contract (things about this cut both ways, but unlike private sector it forces them to treat you like humans and is a pro on balance)

    - raise every year, usually around 5% depending on steps and union contract

    - amazing benefits. This is why we do it, ladies and gentlemen.

    Cons

    - pay is below market on entry level, above market at top of scale. You have to start at the bottom.

    -very slow career development. Everyone stays there for 30 years and you just have to wait your turn. I am in my mid 30s and there are two people younger than me in an 80 person agency. This can be a pro if you have patience and play the long game, as in 10 years they'll all be retired and I'll be running the place by default. But on the other hand, nobody leaves because it's awesome, so there's that. I know I won't, unless branstad ruins it all. Speaking of which...

    - I was rapidly educated by staff at my agency upon arrival that our ultimate boss hates us all and wishes we were dead. This is hyperbole, but the governor really does have it out for state workers and wants to make sure all the reasons anybody takes the state's low starting pay are obliterated. So the future may be less rosy than the present.

    Advice to Management

    None. My management are all awesome.


  10. "Account Tech II"

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    Former Employee - Account Tech II in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Account Tech II in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Good People and Good Work Environment.

    Cons

    Can be short of help depending on department and budget cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Stay open to employee's ideas, concerns and let them play a more innovative dynamic role.


  11. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people who work in my department are talented and engaged. The pay and benefits are good. My boss is talented and seems to enjoy her work which is motivating.

    Cons

    Vacation time off is not a lot. At least less than where I was coming from.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring and promoting based on talent and engagement.



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