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State of Wisconsin Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, co-workers are knowledgeable and hard working (in 10 reviews)

  • Good Benefits and flexible work hours (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • micromanaged, low pay, it does not seem like management cares about the employees (in 6 reviews)

  • no raises, below average private sector pay, act 10 (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work, advancement not available unless you jump jobs"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally supportive environment...Benefits, though not near what they used to be, still competitive.

    Cons

    Salaries not competitive with Private industry...no such thing as promotion, must apply for job. Standard raises no where near keep up with cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Give retention and promotion more than just lip service.


  2. "State of Wisconsin Employment"

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

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable hours; good vacation and sick leave benefits; work-from-home options

    Cons

    Low pay; stagnant movement; reduced benefits; no wellness facilities

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay; increase management positions for highly-educated and skilled employees

  3. "DOT Supervisor"

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

    Pros

    Loved the hours, no nights no weekends, paid holidays off. I was with DMV and they have a commitment to developing their people and helping them get them where they want with their careers.

    Cons

    The ONLY con I can think of is that there is no annual raise, or raises at all unless you find a new position with a higher rate of pay.


  4. "Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin full-time

    Pros

    Awesome management, and enjoyed the leeway I got to lead my own projects

    Cons

    Everything in state government is stalled. Sometimes you feel like you can't get anything done.


  5. "GREAT PLACE TO WORK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Wisconsin full-time

    Pros

    The pay was good and competitive

    Cons

    People was not promoted base on skill level

    Advice to Management

    Please promote employees based on skill and not on how will they answer scripted questions.


  6. "Specialist"

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

    Pros

    great vacation and medical. Retirement is good as well depending on when you started

    Cons

    Never get a raise. New employees start out making more then a person there for 10 years with a great work record. Benefits keep decreasing. Unless living in the Madison area little chance to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee retention


  7. "State Government"

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

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin full-time

    Pros

    Some employment stability. Potential for interesting work.

    Cons

    Science is not particularly insulated from political influence

  8. "Order processer"

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

    I worked at State of Wisconsin part-time

    Pros

    Quality products and excellent service. Positive outlook.

    Cons

    Due to me having plane tickets a year in advance for the holiday season would not be hired this time of the year. Next year will cancel travel plans and this year offered to cancel plans.

    Advice to Management

    Please put in job description that no time off is allowed if working seasonally.


  9. "Works with wonderful people for a great cause. Public service is very fulfilling!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work/life balance due to amount of sick time earned on top of paid vacation time and personal time. Working in public service as you to feel as if you're helping improve your community.

    Cons

    Benefits are cutting back but party does not go up. Having to pay higher % into pension and higher monthly insurance premium with no increase in pay is difficult financially.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It's a paycheck"

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

    I worked at State of Wisconsin full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, free parking, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Unfriendly Management. Lack of pay increases/raises. Promotions and bonuses based on friendships and not based on qualifications. Inadequate training. Too focused on meeting unnecessary numbers based on outdated performance expectations. Disgruntled coworkers. Limited accountability of management by the overseeing agency. The list goes on...

    Advice to Management

    Need all new management.


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