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Washington Department of Health Reviews

Updated July 12, 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. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "Typical health department"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Good culture"

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    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!


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

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    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great atmosphere, well respected leader, great work with true value for the state"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Tumwater, WA
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Tumwater, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of flexible work options, changing office design to support mobile workforce, updating office space, great leader (Secretary of Health), progressive atmosphere, well-educated workforce, Secretary promotes and practices work/life balance

    Cons

    Older workforce so many are on the decline, ironic that so many at the DOH are so very unhealthy

    Advice to Management

    Continue to lead in the manner you do

  8. "Great environment to learn and grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Microbiologist
    Current Employee - Microbiologist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, workspace, and employees are valued. Always an opportunity to learn more and move around. Resources and supplies that are needed are always made available

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility unless you put in years of work, benefits are okay but not amazing, computers are old, managers are not known to be approachable or personable and can be secretive at times

    Advice to Management

    Take time to get to know your employees and be approachable, take the time to train your employees personally and keep communication open and be honest


  9. "VMWare/ Cisco UCS engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tumwater, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tumwater, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Washington Department of Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Pay seems to be a bit behind the private sector.
    Consolidation to the State Data Center is going to be painful.


  10. "Good place to work, but room for improvement"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ITS4 in Tumwater, WA
    Current Employee - ITS4 in Tumwater, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - If you have the opportunity to get on a good team then that provides an enjoyable day to day experience and the days move quickly.
    - Flexible work schedules are highly available, including telecommuting and non standard working hours, depending on the agreements you make with your supervisor.
    - There is a consistent push for continued education, provided the education directly applies to the work that you do.

    Cons

    - Continued education (at least for IT) usually consists of power point classes and over simplified hands-on labs for mainstream tech.
    - It is very difficult to advance to a higher position regardless of your technical expertise, primarily because those positions are already filled up.
    - when technical issues arise, the information that is escalated is typically lacking in content and making requests for more information is often more painstaking than just finding the info on your own

    Advice to Management

    Be open and receptive to new ideas. Make hires for people you can depend on and trust. When those people make recommendations, you should actually make an effort to follow them. "This is how we have always done it" translates to "I am too lazy or this is too difficult to learn".


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