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State of Oregon Reviews

Updated November 9, 2017
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  • Low pay and low respect for the work you do (in 3 reviews)

  • Strict work environment, not high-paying (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Love Oregon Parks"

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Park Ranger in Coos Bay, OR
    Current Employee - Seasonal Park Ranger in Coos Bay, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities, beautiful workplace, good salary, amazing management and fellow employees,

    Cons

    Advancement is difficult, seasonal work is stressful for some, getting a permanent position is quite hard to do

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say here except better explanation of career pathways and how to advance yourself in this chosen position. Better explanation of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility and what to do to acquire another position after the season ends


  2. "Good benefits, not a lot of innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, ridiculously great vacation and sick leave, pretty darn stable, opportunities to move laterally

    Cons

    You can't get more "that's the way that we've always done it" than state government. No innovation, creativity and thinking outside the box are not considered good skill sets. Little to no opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at private sector. You'll find a lot more transferable processes than you think you will.

  3. "Compliance 3"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable pay, lights work and the toilets flush. Several layers of management to offset a bad decision so the blame can be spread around.

    Cons

    You are a number not a name, your opinion is rarely asked for and not likely appreciated, pay for parking.


  4. "Good Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of Oregon full-time

    Pros

    Great hours, pay & benefits

    Cons

    Had to pay for parking


  5. "Inspecting elevators for maintenance and safety deficiencies."

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    Former Employee - Elevator Mechanic in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Elevator Mechanic in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at State of Oregon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed feeling my job had meaning and helped keep others safe.

    Cons

    Didn't care for politics, people can get defensive if they don't like what you have to tell them.

    Advice to Management

    I think they did a good job. I should have pursued more training about how to talk to customers.


  6. "State Employee"

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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 Oregon full-time

    Pros

    Job security, excellent medical and dental insurance. No overtime, vacation and sick pay.

    Cons

    Blinding fast pace, more work than can possibly be finished. Interacting with people in desperate situations.

    Advice to Management

    Shorter meetings and more direct involvement.


  7. "Park Ranger Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Oregon full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Have the opportunity to spend most of the shift outside

    Cons

    Poor management
    Not much room to move up to a permanent position

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Work for the State of Oregon"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Social Services Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Social Services Specialist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The state has a great benefits package including comprehensive health insurance plans. The offer yearly pay increases and COLA increases. Most positions are union represented.

    Cons

    Progress is slow, change takes time. Issues take time to resolve because so many people need involved.

    Advice to Management

    Stability in management needs to be acquired. More input into long term planning needs to come from those in non-management positions.


  9. "Great to work for"

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    Former Employee - Cook in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Cook in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great co-workers, comfortable working conditions

    Cons

    Too much down time, split shifts and days off

    Advice to Management

    Use the skills from 7 attributes of highly effective people


  10. "Oregon Judicial Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of Oregon full-time

    Pros

    Large organization with some opportunities to move around. Comparable benefits to other private sector large companies.

    Cons

    Large organization, centralized. Adaptation of creating an environment of competitiveness among coworkers and the public for advancement opportunities & group interview process. Micromanaging on the local levels diminished morale.

    Advice to Management

    Highly productive environments are created when employees receive positive reinforcement and have the freedom to openly communicate directly with coworkers/teammates about procedures and processes without fear of being judged or facing retribution from lead workers or management. It has been observed that some employees have such freedom while others do not and this creates inequality and oppression.


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