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Washington Department of Health Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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Washington Department of Health Secretary of Health John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
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  1. "VMWare/ Cisco UCS engineer"

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    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.


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

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    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".

  3. "A way to advance your career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Tumwater, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Tumwater, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Insurance, Good Pension, and many vacation days starting from 10 days per year to over 21 days per year when you work there for so long.

    Cons

    No 401K is avalable and no bonuses.


  4. "WA DOH"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits; including affordable medical insurance, paid dental insurance, vacation hours, sick leave, and paid military leave.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are hard to come by.


  5. "no good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington Department of Health full-time

    Pros

    Slow and plenty of parking spots.

    Cons

    Low pay. Managers hire their relatives. Lots of politics. High turn over rate. Old employees refuse to retire while could't do any actual work. Young employees have to work a lot and donate their "sick leave days" to those senior citizens.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Microbiologist 2"

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    Former Employee - Microbiologist
    Former Employee - Microbiologist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Washington Department of Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers, location (residential), interesting work

    Cons

    Management controls every aspect of a bench worker's day. It's incredibly difficult to take ownership of a project or to claim success. There is a culture of blame and micromanagement that makes it incredibly difficult to feel comfortable and successful.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your highly educated staff.


  7. "Good benefits, not much upward mobility"

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    Former Employee - Radiation Health Physicist in Tumwater, WA
    Former Employee - Radiation Health Physicist in Tumwater, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Washington Department of Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay for engineers considering its a state job.

    Cons

    No upward mobility unless someone dies or retires. High achievers are treated just like poor performers and are paid the same too. People who don't do their job well or at all are not disciplined and are never fired.

    Advice to Management

    If someone is a constant HR mess or poor at their job, start the HR write up process to get them out the door.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Typical state experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are many people working there who truly want to make a difference in public health.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic. Risk-averse atmosphere. No change management skills within leadership.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Will vary with position level..."

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    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist in Tumwater, WA
    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist in Tumwater, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good variety of projects, decent salary, decent collaboration with other agencies related to projects, laid back work environment, communication with upper level management was easy`

    Cons

    Difficulty to move up from entry level positions, seasonal position that did not need to be seasonal, employee retention for this position would be very beneficial to the project, some tension between upper level management, I was there during a restructuring of programs so it was a bit hectic.

    Advice to Management

    I was there during a restructuring of programs so things are likely different now and hopefully more organized. Consider transitioning lower level seasonal jobs to full-time permanent jobs to catch up on data management during off season and to increase productivity on certain projects that lose momentum due to flux of seasonal workers.


  10. "Microbiologist I"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shoreline, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shoreline, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Washington Department of Health (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy working at DOH, the people are amazing. You'll learn a lot! You can share burden with your partner if you get terribly bored with your job duty. Usually no surprises. Able to see unusual and interesting things.

    Cons

    Your work depends on the sample arriving. Some days you can be very busy, some days can be very lenient.


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