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State of Washington Reviews

Updated May 13, 2019

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3.6
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68%
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74%
Approve of CEO
Jay Inslee
38 Ratings
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  • "Sometimes the amount of time it takes to get a "decision" can be frustrating if you are used to working in the private sector(in 11 reviews)

  • "Low pay compared to comparable jobs in private industry(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent pay, great benefits, union membership, and job security"

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    Current Employee - Data and Performance Measurement Analyst in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at State of Washington full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for the state by far is the benefits. There is a pension that you are vested in after 5 years, there is an optional deferred compensation plan that allows you to invest your pre-tax $, there are super affordable health insurance plans including dental and vision, legit sick and vacation time, and there is an incremental pay increase every year. There are also opportunities to attend trainings,...

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    Cons

    There is a vast difference in workplace culture between departments in government that largely depends on the dept. leadership at the time. The culture of my department is much more friendly and relaxed than other depts. The bureaucratic processes to make a business purchase or some other change can be rough sometimes. There's a lot of reporting & record keeping to do all the time. Also, state govt. is a little slow...

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    Advice to Management

    Embrace change, tech, and encourage more dept. directors to support their staff & nourish their staff's professional development.

    State of Washington2019-04-17
  2. "It depends where you work."

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    Current Employee - Fiscal Analyst in Olympia, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of Washington full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunities, benefits, some jobs offer telework opportunities, some agencies offer training. Union members can get free college degrees. There are sone very gifted caring employees.

    Cons

    Wrong people promoted to supervisor positions, hostile work environments, ageism, favoritism, nepotism, bullying.

    Advice to Management

    None they won't listen. People who try to speakup regarding issues are branded as trouble makers or as passive aggressive. Older women are pushed out of jobs for younger men.

    State of Washington2019-05-13
  3. "Fantastic Experience"

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    Former Employee - Legislative Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at State of Washington full-time

    Pros

    - Incredible networking opportunities - Incredible development classes and learning opportunities - Unparalleled exposure to WA state politics

    Cons

    The stipend of $1,300/mo is pretty terrible, especially since you're paying for credits while working as an intern.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a bit more or offer a scholarship for the credits.

    State of Washington2019-03-28
  4. "Pretty Good Job"

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      Former Employee - Tax Specialist in Bellingham, WA

      I worked at State of Washington full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Job pace, benefits, and coworkers

      Cons

      Not very flexible on work time

      State of Washington2019-03-27
    • "Working with vets"

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      Current Employee - Recreation and Athletic Specialist in Spokane, WA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at State of Washington part-time for more than a year

      Pros

      A Stable line of work

      Cons

      Restrictions of being a state employee

      State of Washington2019-03-07
    • "Stay In The Private Sector"

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

      I have been working at State of Washington full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Nothing- meetings to have a meeting to have a meeting. Inefficient, mindless drones trying to fill their useless time. There is a retirement package if you qualify.

      Cons

      Everything. Worst decision I've ever made was working for this pathetic establishment and that means the every agency and every person I've interacted with. People waiting for the next free meal and counting days until retirement without any regard for their jobs or the public.

      Advice to Management

      You know you're completely useless. Enjoy your retirement because karma is a beautiful thing.

      State of Washington2019-03-26
    • "Great benefits and advancement opportunities"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at State of Washington full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Meaningful work and fantastic benefits for long term employment

      Cons

      Funding cycle makes agile change difficult

      Advice to Management

      Embrace changing demographics and take risks in hiring

      State of Washington2019-01-22
    • "Wild views on what they expect from tax payers."

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

      I worked at State of Washington

      Pros

      Will hire anyone and everyone, and you will never be fired from your job, and they might even find better jobs for you if you act like you don't know anything.

      Cons

      As long as you get on the train when you're told and get into the shower when you're told you will rise through the ranks.

      Advice to Management

      Obey the law.

      State of Washington2019-01-12
    • "Grounds Maintenance/Porter/Laundry"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at State of Washington full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Gained a variety work experience.

      Cons

      Limited advancement opportunities and career options.

      Advice to Management

      Be kind to staff.

      State of Washington2019-01-03
    • "Social Work"

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

      I have been working at State of Washington full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      You have the satisfaction of helping protect children.

      Cons

      Too much work and not enough hours in the day to complete the work. Too much work, not enough pay.

      Advice to Management

      We need to be compensated for our time. Although we are salaried, the pay is not consistent with social work jobs in other industries.

      State of Washington2018-12-03
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