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State of Oregon Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Working for the state also gives you great benefits and retirement plan (in 13 reviews)

  • Good benefits (insurance, pension, etc (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • The stereotype of red tape and endless paperwork seems to be alive and well here (in 3 reviews)

  • It can be a pretty hostile work environment both from clients and staff (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Supreme Court Law Clerk"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Oregon full-time

    Pros

    Everyone, including staff, is amazing to work with. You have a chance to speak with some of the smartest people in the state to work through issues of first impression.

    Cons

    There is no parking for staff, so you have to park in a neighborhood and walk or pay for monthly parking down the street and walk.


  2. "Good job security"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Services Specialist in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Human Services Specialist in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Protected by the Union and a need for staff, job security is pretty good. The benefits are excellent and pay is decent. The people are great and lots of trainings available. Hours are good, no nights or weekends.

    Cons

    Hard to promote, as competition is tough. At some point you would hope to move up and get a raise, but no guarantees. Many positions are offered to the public, as they probably should, but when 1 position opens up you will compete against 100's of people. If you don't know HOW to interview right all your hard work and experience seem to count for nothing. Some coworkers have no intention of doing anything more than showing up, so concern for other team members workload can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest with your employee's chances of moving up and spend less time in meetings and more time involved with what your workers are going through. You may lose some very good people due to stagnation.


  3. "Long time employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Oregon full-time

    Pros

    I work with very dedicated professionals.

    Cons

    It's such a large operation one can feel invisible.


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  5. "Office specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    easy job good environment to work in

    Cons

    hard to get time off


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Securities Analyst"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Medical benefits at least allow you to sleep at night knowing if there is a problem, medical care would be addressed. It is a good thing, because the pay would not suffice.

    Cons

    Equal pay for employees that exceed expectations as those employees that show up and pass the day. Some employees just don't try to make the organization the best it could be. Wages low and then stagnant.

    Advice to Management

    Manage the employees by actually learning what the employees do. Set job expectations, then follow through to determine if the work product met the expectations. Then take steps to start the process all over again with training, if needed, and new expectations.


  7. "Business development"

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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 Oregon full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and job flexibility. Public service is both challenging and rewarding work.

    Cons

    Public perception of the job. Challenging performance management and growth opportunities for new employees

    Advice to Management

    Look at Gen Y for new roles, expand thinking beyond the public sector and welcome more opportunities for private employees to transition to state government.


  8. "Accounting Tech II"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant Tech II in Dallas, OR
    Former Employee - Accountant Tech II in Dallas, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Oregon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, very helpful and down to earth

    Cons

    No manger for 10 of the 12 months I worked there... jobs were pieced together and no one had definate job duties.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some good managers


  9. "Admin Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is a secure employer.

    Cons

    There needs to be more accountability for management.


  10. "In home caregiver"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great union benefits flexible schedule positive work environment

    Cons

    A lot of slow days

    Advice to Management

    Better training


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Reactivity and Outdated"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities for change and growth if you are working for the right manager and department.

    Cons

    Too busy maintaining impressions to break down barriers and promote the goals and mission of the department. Adversarial over collaboration and psychologically unsafe environment when new ideas are introduced.

    Advice to Management

    Less micromanagement and pay attention to measurable outcomes. Practice consistency with EDPs, Annual Evaluations and don't sweat the small stuff. It leads to waste and breaks down morale. Require managers and supervisors to attend training on basic supervisory skills and business practices at least once a year. Empower employees to facilitate cultural change by allowing innovation and professionalism on the work floor-and not to give an automatic no to an idea or different thought process.



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