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Tennessee Department of Health Reviews

Updated October 23, 2017
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  1. "Leadership is forward-thinking and visionary."

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

    I worked at Tennessee Department of Health full-time

    Pros

    Excellent senior leadership; strong commitment to public health across the department.

    Cons

    Improving public health status in Tennessee is sizable challenge.


  2. "It was challenging work and when everyone took their responsibility to the community seriously, great things happened."

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Counsel in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Assistant General Counsel in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was dynamic and challenging work. Every day presented new opportunities to hone your skills and learn new ones. There was constant opportunity to go out of your comfort zone and improve.

    Cons

    Too much of the work was impacted by politics, whether it was the political aspirations of “leadership” or the political agenda of those at the very top. Legislators were allowed influence too much of the work of the department.

  3. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Health Intern in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Health Intern in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Tennessee Department of Health part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment
    Opportunity to learn more skills

    Cons

    Not sure about opportunities to move up.


  4. "staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tennessee Department of Health full-time

    Pros

    consistent, benefits, and no change

    Cons

    no change, too much red tape, waste


  5. "Valuable service to the public"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The front line employees- nurses, public health representatives, environmentalists, and clerical staff are overwhelmingly dedicated to serving the public, skilled, and supportive of each other. The pay is mediocre, and the benefits are decent. Good retirement, also.

    Cons

    Management is authoritarian and out of touch. Often they make unreasonable work demands. The myriad federal and state regulations can be confusing and frustrating. Politics influences the agency too much.

    Advice to Management

    get out and see what the front line workers are doing. listen to them.


  6. "Paralegal"

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

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work for. Small group but very tight knit. The attorneys are awesome. Just a really great vibe.

    Cons

    The pay is a little on the low side.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Words Cannot Express ..."

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

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

    Pros

    37.5 work week is the only pro i can think of

    Cons

    If you are considering working here, please run in the other direction...now! I have never worked for a company that is so unprofessional. Management is very disconnected from and unconcerned about their public health programs and employees. There are major problems that are fixable, but no one fixes them. Innovation is discouraged and considered too much work. We are supposed to be here to help the public and advance health. The pay is low. Promotions are unequal- if you are a part of the small inner circle you will get promoted if you are not your work won't even get noticed. There is also racial inequality- I'm white, but I see that racial minorities don't get fair opportunities. Employees are here today and gone tomorrow (revolving door). There are no written procedures so directors/managers will tell you no without logical reason or simply tell you they don't know without guidance on how to find the answer to your question and if you get an answer it is a different answer depending on who you ask and what day it is.

    Advice to Management

    There are multiple problems and grievances within all areas of TDH, I don't even know where to tell you to begin. Please talk to your employees instead of only talking to upper management who are concerned with trying to cover up the problems they create.

  8. "Administrative"

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

    I have been working at Tennessee Department of Health full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, cares about employees well-being, motivated individuals

    Cons

    Less than average compensation for employees


  9. "Lack of Diversity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tennessee Department of Health full-time

    Pros

    Good Sense of Community

    Cons

    Lack of Diversity in Leadership and mid-level management.


  10. "Business Analyst"

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

    Pros

    It tends to be unorganized at times. If you like being challenged, it ok.

    Cons

    Difficult to make a difference because of leadership.


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