Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Employee Reviews

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Bureaucratic nightmare
CAT team (Current Employee) –  Queens, NYMay 19, 2016
If you want to devote your entire career to civil service, slowly moving up the ranks and owing your life to the city, then this is for you.

The cubicle life and structure of management creates a feeling of captivity. I felt mostly that the strict roles and management got in my way (creatively, constructively) and didn't allow for much autonomy or respect for talent and abilities. The morale is generally low and turnover is high. You will be a cog in the wheel and will be overlooked and underutilized. The benefits are NOT that great. Sub par in-network doctors and 2 weeks vacation earned after 6-12 months probation.

Mostly importantly, do NOT WORK FOR THE CAT TEAM. The team leader is highly inappropriate, unprofessional and sets impossible standards to meet all while over-familiarity acting as a best friend to employees. She speakers negatively and inappropriately about others colleagues and then will smile to their faces. There have been 2 recent terminations in a 3 month period and would have been a 3rd if someone hadn't been transferred. Worse is that the management above supports these practices and doesn't do anything about the common denominator here. This management style severely limited the workers' abilities and undermined their talents. Find an agency where you can be recognized and respected and don't have to deal with permanent civil servants who negatively contribute to the workplace and cannot be removed.
Pros
Pension if you stay for your entire career
Cons
Cubicle life, lack of morale, high turnover, underutilized employees, monotonous workflow
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Consistent work, friendly, learning new ways to solves problems everyday
IT Student (Current Employee) –  Long Island City, NYFebruary 16, 2016
Supervisor and coworkers are very helpful and friendly. Troubleshooting and resolving user's problems. Learned new ways to deal with software and hardware problems. Hardest part is when something you don't how to resolve a problem. Most enjoyable part of the job is helping other workers.
Pros
Friendly workplace
Cons
leniency
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Enjoyed working is such a family oriented environment they were accepting
PSC Intern (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 12, 2014
The Department of Health is a refreshing place to work. There is not to much pressure and the staff is very family oriented. I enjoyed the activities that is offered such as watching movies during lunch with fellow employees, jump rope, and book club programs all for employees to enjoy while at work. The perks are great as well!
Pros
Experience working in the epidemiology department
Cons
assignment was too short
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Great Work place
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 19, 2013
Learning experience. Great staffing as well. Most enjoyable part of working here was being able to use the different software to gain experience and the great staffing.
Pros
Great people.
Cons
No cons
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