Interviewer/Recruiter (Former Employee) – Camden, AR – May 25, 2017
I learned to match clients with the computer system, and be partly a receptionist. It was stress free, the computer system was easy to learn. the hardest part of the jobs was not finding a job for a client.
Unemployment Insurance Specialist (Former Employee) – Lacey, WA – March 18, 2017
Very busy everyday, learned about unemployment benefits and how it works, the management was not very good. Very low moral in the workplace, hardest part of the job was management and the most enjoyable part of the job was the pay.
Fiscal Analyst (Former Employee) – Olympia, WA – July 13, 2016
Spent 19 years at Employment Security. They have changed over the years and not for the better. The Worksource staff are wonderful and are really excited about their clients. The agency itself has had a change of direction and it translates into a toxic work environment.
Unemployment Fraud (Former Employee) – Spokane, WA – May 15, 2016
The top administrator in Spokane was in over her head and didn't have a grasp of managing except by intimidation. Was great for the first 7 years, then downhill when administrator retired and a new one was appointed
Office Assistant/Receptionist (Former Employee) – Olympia, WA – February 28, 2015
My typical day of work is come into the office and help my co worker get thing done on time and the thing i learn about work with them and is understand which account need to put into the database. The managment was very helpful too and my co worker was wonderful and the hardest part of this job was some the number were mix up and i have rewrite by hand.
Customer Service Specialist (Former Employee) – 212 Maple Park Ave, Olympia, WA 98501 – October 5, 2014
The quality of the work experience depends a great deal on the leadership of the Commissioner. When a new governor is elected and this leadership changes, changes are inevitable in the agency. State employees are at the mercy of leadership and budget. Periodic layoffs are unavoidable. In the case of Employment Security Department, severe budget cuts coupled with a change in leadership resulted in massive layoffs of staff. Not all decisions regarding the layoffs were fair or reasonable. Customer service to the taxpayers of Washington State was not a consideration. Do not work for the State if you want to go to bed at night and rest assured your position will be there for you the next day, even if you are an exemplary employee.
Communications Director (Current Employee) – Olympia WA – June 12, 2014
The Employment Security Department was a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers during the Great Recession. But deep budget cuts in the wake of the recession are jeopardizing the agency's ability to maintain even core levels of services.
There was a time when Employment Security was a magnet for people looking for interesting careers that helped others enter and build their careers. The work is important - and there was a strong sense of togetherness in helping people navigate and survive the recession.
It's unfortunate and ironic that so many of the ESD staff who helped unemployed workers during the recession are now, themselves, customers of Employment Security. I miss the "not so old" days, and hope the agency eventually bounces back.
The Employment Security office is a wonderful place to work for. they saw my skills early on and have me doing there graphic design, and advertising.
Resource Room Attendant (Current Employee) – Kelso, WA – June 26, 2013
I help in the resource room, helping to make people shine in there resume, and cover letter. Helping them realize what they are capable of. I get very high praise from my employer. they have me doing there graphic design for there advertising and flyers. I put together all power points, while maintaing and helping with computers and solving any problems that come along. I adore working with the public and using my computer skills which come so natural to me to help people create cover letters and resumes that they are proud of. It not only boost there self esteem but also the economy because it makes more people be working. I am very facinated and engaged in graphic designing and advertising so I love being able to use my creativity to help design there aadverisements and flyers.
Knowing about all the jobs that are available and help stimulate the economy
The temporary lay off that the state is getting ready to go through, because of the budget negotiations