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State of Wisconsin Reviews

Updated 21 June 2018
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Pros
  • "work-life balance, tech people working here are great, technology used is latest, organized" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Good Benefits and flexible work hours" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay; stagnant movement; reduced benefits; no wellness facilities" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Poor management- Management does not support employees" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "NOT-Stated application"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of Wisconsin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, and orientation time

    Cons

    filled out applications and never got written decision of application.


  2. "Pickerp"

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    Former Employee - Van Driver in Madison, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Van Driver in Madison, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Wisconsin part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Picking is a fast paced part of order prosscesing, which you also have to be accrued in the materials you pick

    Cons

    It can be a very tedious work

    Advice to Management

    ??

  3. "Opportunity & great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits & time off are amazing. I have ample time off for the year.
    Encouragement to grow, my supervisors have always been encouraging when discussing taking jobs elsewhere. They want to find success.
    The pay is good, they give what they can considering the budget and experience.

    Cons

    Not a great atmosphere, it's not terrible but there are people that have been with the state 30 years and never advanced from entry level. They become bitter and it can really ruin the atmosphere.
    If there is someone that is a bad egg, it is almost impossible to fire someone who has passed probation in the state. They give them so many opportunities because they can't get rid of them.

    The Dept. of Administration as the HR is horrid. They never get anything done timely and information is never correct the first time.

    If you want to move "up" you have to move over. Basically, to advance you'll have to transfer agencies. It's just hard to pull from within sometimes due to process.

    They also set up interviews for jobs when they already know who they will hire, which is annoying. Unless you're the one getting hired.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to get your staff bonuses (DMC's), and don't make them feel bad for taking time off.


  4. "VRC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Vacation, PTO, flexibility, sedentary, and easy work.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity and pay.


  5. "Dept Workforce Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good.
    Great time off

    Cons

    No raise for 10 years

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees


  6. "It’s what you make it"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Madison, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Madison, WI (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Wisconsin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good resources, good locations, good benefits, good field staff

    That’s all I can think of, I was told that staying there for 20+ years will be beneficial

    Cons

    Lack of training, makes you pay back any PTO used if you decide to leave before 6 months, LTE and PROJECT positions

    Advice to Management

    More hands on training, more communication, more understanding that people have lives outside of their job, more information provided in the interview


  7. "Power Plant Operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great starting job. Very little red tape on entry. The state usually takes anyone with a mechanical aptitude. Great vacation and healthcare package. Sick leave hours pile up and don't cap. Regular work days.

    Cons

    No future. Your pay is frozen the moment your hired. Even with self improvement and requesting for a raise after a few years of working there, they will turn you down. Every 1% raise per year for inflation is another 2% increase to your overall expenses on your paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    In this field for utility, you'll need to pay more to keep your workforce. Power Plants, Hospitals, and the Private Sector by and large are paying more and are in huge demand for a younger workforce to replace the wave of Navy Trained operators that are now looking to retire in the next 5 to 10 years. Ignore at your own peril.

  8. "Tough Going"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Wisconsin full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with some good people that are in it for the benefit of the taxpayer

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics - Few bad apples in management that really place barriers in front of the well meaning employees

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth the low pay"

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    Former Employee - Probation and Parole Officer in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Probation and Parole Officer in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Wisconsin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were better before 2011 but not great. Holidays off were nice.

    Cons

    Work is never completed, people take it home. Caseloads are way too large and not manageable. Stress in coworkers bad- mental health issues, cancer, was common.

    Advice to Management

    The time is not available to run the correction model how it is designed on paper. It’s more work than you can possibly get done.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of Wisconsin full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work that directly help people

    Cons

    Sr. Leaders do not trust people to do their job. Hard to build leadership skill.

    Advice to Management

    Sr Managers, stay in your lane and let people do their jobs.


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