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State of Tennessee Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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State of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
Bill Haslam
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  • Pay is currently well below private sector (in 18 reviews)

  • Low pay for the type of work done (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Public Health Representative in Covington, TN
    Former Employee - Public Health Representative in Covington, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, potential for advancement

    Cons

    The pay isn't great, but it's livable


  2. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great pay.

    Cons

    No room to advance. People that have been here 10+ years are out of touch with their expertise but directs departments.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Varies from Dept. to Dept."

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    Former Employee - Executive in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Executive in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People can work for the State of Tennessee at the same time but in different departments and have very divergent experiences. The pay is getting better, but still not on par with the private sector. But, the work week is 37.5 hours, 11 state and federal holidays and earn a minimum of1 vacation day per month. Unused days just keep on rolling over. Gov. Haslam's customer focused government effort is paying some dividends. But, in a work-force of over 40,000, it is impossible to get everyone on board.

    Cons

    Low pay. Sometimes odd hiring rules.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with customer focused government.


  4. "Program Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Quality Training and Systems exposure for critical projects and teams application.

    Cons

    Blind shifting agendas from management with minimal communication has duplicate work being done by multiple people in real time on the same files and projects as bodies are thrown at critical projects.

    Advice to Management

    Please make clear objectives and communication for employees within specific areas of responsibility for stated individual expectations.


  5. "Experience has been great!"

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly employees, paid holidays, annual and sick leave accrue separately and at a quick rate. Benefits package is great. Many great managers that focus on providing the best service while developing their employees. Good employees stand out and have relatively quick chances for advancement.

    Cons

    Many abrupt changes that leads to confusion in how to deal with everyday work. Lack of established training procedures for many units. Workload, depending on which team you join, can get overwhelming. Many, many employees (entry level and supervisors) who do the bare minimum to keep the job and are not concerned with providing the best service or developing their employees. Below industry standard in salaries. The better employees are generally a "flash in the pan" and leave after gaining experience to work somewhere that pays better. Must be weary when choosing advancement, they will try to put you on teams with no game plan and overwhelming work loads, with little to no chain of command to help out. Some workers thrive in these situations, but many leave the company feeling wronged, overwhelmed, and dejected.

    Advice to Management

    Work to have more established training procedures for each team. It provides better guidelines and helps reduce confusion. Otherwise keep up the good work.


  6. "Rehabilitation Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Rehabilitation Counselor in Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Rehabilitation Counselor in Johnson City, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great coworkers

    Cons

    no loyalty from managers or higher up

    Advice to Management

    respect the people who have been there a while instead of hiring in people off the street and thinking you can train them to be your puppets


  7. "Public Program Health Director - Department of Health"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - 37.5 Hour Work week
    - Free-Public Transportation
    - Good benefits
    - If you are looking for a place to park for 20 years - start here, you can change positions throughout the state
    - Will pay for some college
    - Health clinic on site

    Cons

    - Poor Change Management
    - Traffic to downtown Nashville is is terrible
    - May have to move on to advance
    - Little openness to innovation
    - Very regimented often driven by federal funding requirements

    Advice to Management

    - Learn how the private sector manages
    - Learn that your customers include your fellow State employees
    - Train Medical Professionals on how to lead in an office / non-clinical environment

  8. "Good job."

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    Current Employee - Handgun School Inspector in Jackson, TN
    Current Employee - Handgun School Inspector in Jackson, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, holidays, not a lot of stress. Paid twice a month, decent retirement, sick leave and annual leave.

    Cons

    Not many cons. But as with any job there are a few. Sometimes the typical red tape of the government prevents you from doing something that actually makes sense.

    Advice to Management

    I had a good boss. No complaints.


  9. "Enjoyed Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Health benefits were excellent but pay was typically lower than industry average.

    Cons

    Management tends to show favoritism. Low morale.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Who Would Volunteer To Work Here?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits and the holidays

    Cons

    The salaries, slashed benefits and unresponsive, outdated management

    Advice to Management

    They required a bachelors degree for clerical jobs. Opportunities to advance were given based on your politics and your connections. The great benefits were the main reasons that good, loyal people went to work and stayed with the state. Paring down the benefits will narrow the field of applicants and limit the pool of good candidates. Bright, young people with progressive ideas are immediately stifled with the old regimes status quo. Change is not comfortable or welcomed by the state. They need to welcome new technology, new ideas and progressive thinking. Rebuild their benefit package and encourage communication and less political discord throughout all levels of government in the state.


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