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Washington Department of Health Reviews

Updated August 23, 2018
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Washington Department of Health Secretary of Health John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
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  1. "Amazing first job post grad school"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health Service Consultant in Tumwater, WA
    Former Employee - Health Service Consultant in Tumwater, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people and inspiring leadership;
    Contributions to really important work;
    Opportunities for professional growth and development;
    INFANTS AT WORK;

    Cons

    The organization is big and the culture can vary by what team your on. I loved my team but knew there was variation across the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on providing more opportunities for professionals at every stage of their career to take on new opportunities and grow!


  2. "Great Work Assignments - Poor Management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Washington Department of Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers, work itself, helping the community, location, infant at work program.

    Cons

    Management does not appreciate education. If you are not in with management you are out. Gossip is rampant. Few to no opportunities for growth. Supervisors lack consistent training. Intimidation tactics used frequently. Positive feedback is almost non-existent. Turnover is extremely high across the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Do not tolerate bullying in the workplace. Listen to employee concerns. Don't drag your feet when there are serious issues on the ground level.

  3. "Excellent work-life balance and co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Fellow
    Current Employee - Fellow

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

    Pros

    -environment is very welcoming and inclusive, the nicest co-workers I've ever had!
    -great work-life balance
    -meaningful work that is directly applicable

    Cons

    -as with all government jobs, the bureaucracy can be draining--lots of red tape, especially if you are non-DOH fellow
    -salary is not as competitive as the private sector


  4. "Ok place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tumwater, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tumwater, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Washington Department of Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility
    Always has job openings
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    Hard to move up
    Not that diverse


  5. "Great people and a learning environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Always an opportunity to learn more and shadow other labs. Friendly people and place to work with a laid back atmosphere. The lab staff is a mix of recent graduates to middle age. Appreciation is shown to employees through potlucks, monthly birthday celebrations, and other small social events. Flexible and easy to take time off and take lunch and breaks wherever it works best with your schedule. When new supplies or instruments are needed it is provided.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up unless someone quits or retires. Pay is not great compared to the cost of living in the area. Employees that are salary are treated like hourly (even if work is done you must stay til the bell rings). The Shoreline lab gets forgotten and doesn’t get all the great benefits of the Tumwater campus even though we still receive emails about events that are not relevant to lab staff.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t turn a blind eye to negative feedback and acknowledge when feedback is given. Collaborate with other managers to promote more cross training.


  6. "Health Technology Solutions group"

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

    I have been working at Washington Department of Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and interesting projects (sometimes). A lot of potlucks, laid back atmosphere, supports the health of the citizens of Washington.

    Cons

    this is specific to the HTS (health technology solutions) group: if you are applying for a project management job or a few other groups, unless you are male and specifically white middle aged male, you will not be hired. If you have a disability , health issues, or need accommodations, you will not be approved. The open office environment is very distracting yet it is mandatory to be present and physically in the office and at your expected location even if it is a day to work from home. If you are someone's favorite than you are great but if you cross the wrong person, forget about being left alone. You will be harassed, pushed out, ignored and bullied until you leave. Flexibility is only for star players, not equally permitted for everyone. It really comes down to your supervisor. if you have a progressive, open minded, professional for a supervisor, then you will enjoy working here. if not, good luck!

    Advice to Management

    Why do you allow bullying and discrmination even after the governor has signed a directive that this will not be tolerated? With the cost of housing and the horrible congestion on the roads, why do you not allow remote work, even after the governor signed a directive specifically allowing this? People commute from Auburn, Portland, and everywhere in between yet you offer no recognition of just how expensive it is to do this, not to mention the physical exhaustion and loss of productivity. Do not promote yourself as an employer of choice when "choice" is not what you are offering.


  7. "While you may value your education and experience, DOH won't."

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

    I have been working at Washington Department of Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Newer buildings and that's about it folks.

    Cons

    Individual achievement is not valued and you will be shunned for your efforts. They want you to bring "all of you to work" but the part that makes you stand out from the rest professionally should be left at home. They also experience a high turnover rate because of this, coupled with their poor reputation, leaving many positions unfilled for months upon months. Employees openly talk about transferring out of DOH to another State agency just to escape the toxic environment. HR is worthless, non-supportive, and uninformed about employee rights leaving the agency wide open for future litigation and creating an us vs. them mentality within the workforce. Also, everyone must worship the Secretary of Health as if he is some sort of higher spirit. Very strange. Don't accept a job and drink their Kool-Aid. Find another place to work where you will be valued and respected.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of upper management and do more to retain your already fragile workforce.

  8. "Typical health department"

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    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Tumwater, WA
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Tumwater, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. One of the best state agencies as far as teleworking and flexible schedules. Epidemiologists are well respected in the agency. Some supervisors are great.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be frustrating. Managers don't seem to have a clue and keep staff out of decision making process.

    Advice to Management

    Improving communication isn't about sending emails to employees, it's about listening to what your employees are telling you.


  9. "Good culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tumwater, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tumwater, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    • Supportive working culture - lots of opportunities for training and growth
    • Low-drama environment
    • Flexible work scheduling - flex time, telecommuting, even an infants-at-work program!
    • Excellent benefits

    Cons

    • Substandard pay
    • Inconsistent funding (due to legislative and congressional issues)
    • Technologically out-of-date, in some areas by more than a decade

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the modern world pass you by!


  10. "Nice building to work in, but the culture is bittersweet."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Washington Department of Health full-time

    Pros

    Lots of parking, but that's about it.

    Cons

    The agency is attempting to be progressive by revamping how they do business and attempting to become "One Health Department." Unfortunately, what remains under the flowery appearance is a backstabbing environment where few can be trusted. Oh, and they have invested a new way for government employees to be lazy, and it's called "work from home so that we can't supervise how you waste the taxpayer's money." They also allow mothers with newborns bring their kids to work that disturb the workplace environment with crying. Again, on the surface, everyone thinks it's a great idea, but people talk about how ridiculous this is. If you want to be lazy, go work here. If you want to be treated as a professional, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    You're still an inefficient government agency with little to be desired as an employer.


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