Washington Department of Health Reviews

Updated Jan 20, 2021

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Washington Department of Health Secretary of Health 	John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
17 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good benefits, good pay for engineers considering its a state job(in 6 reviews)

  • "Interesting work, engaging and supportive teams(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very hard to move up unless someone quits or retires(in 3 reviews)

  • "Older workforce so many are on the decline, ironic that so many at the DOH are so very unhealthy(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Business Liaison in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee focused, excellent work - life balance.

    Cons

    None coming to mind right now.

  2. "Good company, nice benefits"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Covid-19 Contact Tracer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The support you have is great

    Cons

    Basically a call center job


  3. "Public health impact and a secure job."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Secure employment Progressive push at upper levels in work policies Above average healthcare plans and vacation time.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity. Salary below average for comparable position in private, county and city government . Salary increases are 5% a year, no performance adjustment or bonuses. Middling benefits other than healthcare. Highly political and dysfunctional middle-management culture. Networking, mentorship, and career growth limited to conforming to an "in-the-club" management track". Performance and results carry less weight than personality and protective relationships within management club.

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  4. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Investigator 

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

    Pros

    Great benefits great coworkers great atmosphere

    Cons

    Slow pace sometimes, slow moving

  5. "A difficult and potentially rewarding job"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Attendant Counselor With DDA in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with DD clients can be such a joy, and easily the best part of the job

    Cons

    The lack of fidelity between management and in-home staff makes job very wearing very quickly

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lost sight of who they serve; make decisions now based on what's best for them, not what is best for public."

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tumwater, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington Department of Health full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Give entry opportunities to people with little or no experience

    Cons

    Have bought into the current, and growing, mentality that you don't need education, training, experience, or even basic knowledge of a field in order to manage in it. This is especially scary in a Health Department that is supposed to be science based and supposedly exists to serve the public. It's clearly one of the reasons the Department is currently degrading. That mentality is catching up.

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  7. "Great modern public health epi work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Epidemiologist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, other epi's have good control of R and data science, modern workplace, flexible, new feel, many teams = the full range of epi work can be found here

    Cons

    Not much innovation/creativity in data viz (although new tools are being used)

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "If they paid more I would have stayed"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Microbiologist I in Shoreline, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Washington Department of Health full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Public Holidays you have off work, good healthcare, other benefits, most lab workers are very nice people

    Cons

    You can't leave work early if you finish and working from home is never allowed even if you have work that can be done from home (as a lab worker), often required to stay overtime without being able to receive overtime. Government work is very stingy- they don't spend money to have a pleasant physical work environment.

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Typical Bureaucratic Environment"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Tumwater, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had a fabulous manager for the first 3 years until he retired.

    Cons

    Department decisions are based on who schmoozes the best & opportunities are only offered to those who are part of the inner clique.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good for when your kids are young"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Health Services Consultant III in Tumwater, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington Department of Health full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Infants at work, telework opportunities, modernized workspaces, flexible schedules, usually interesting work

    Cons

    They are horrible at managing budgets, constantly reorganizing and moving people out of their jobs and under new projects. There are a million HSC 3 positions and hardly anywhere for those people to move up to and often when something does open up- they hire externally. Great for when you have young kids and need some flexibility but if you stay too long you'll turn around and be in the same job class 40 yrs later with no growth esp if you are in management's clique. If no one higher up has an interest in advancing your career you'll be an HSC3 til retirement.

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