State of Tennessee Employee Reviews

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Great place to work if you have relative/'s or friends in Upper Mgmt.
Gen Labor (Current Employee) –  TennesseeJune 30, 2016
Taxes are required from all TN Residents but only a small network of family and friends can work in decent paying positions.

Great workers at the lower levels but State of TN takes a pass on highly qualified great talent by hiring only friends and family at the upper mgmt levels. Unless you are connected, the door for upward mobility/advancement and pay raises is not accessable to you. At the lower rungs it is a given that the annual insurance deductables increases far outstretch any raise you will recieve.

It's hard to develop respect for management due to the "Family/Friends" network. On the upside, you will work with many intelligent, kind hearted, devoted individuals dedicated to a better tomorrow. Focus energies on work at hand and on your immediate co-workers!
Pros
Major Holidays Off, 7.5hr day Sick and Annual day allotments
Cons
Constant brow beating and disrespect, proposed changes (for the better) from managers who never set foot in your workplace, because they are unaware of the mechanics of how to run it.
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Correctional Corporal (Former Employee) –  Nashville-Davidson, TNMay 31, 2016
The most enjoyable part of the job is community service, feeling like you have a valuable purpose in protecting the community. The benefits were fair. The pay was underpaid compared to other states. Co-workers were helpful. Supervisors were fair. A few supervisors were prejudiced against all women co-workers. It was more challenging to get promotions for all female employees. I felt unsafe occasionally. I was forced to work overtime even after I had already volunteered for overtime. The forced overtime had a negative affect on spending quality time with my family. Large turnover of employees because of the job hazards and forced overtime.
Pros
Plenty of overtime if you wanted it. Benefits were fair.
Cons
Supervisors forced you stay and work overtime, negatively affecting your personal plans and family time.
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Great place to work
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  TennesseJune 18, 2016
The Pay wasn't great but the benefits were. It was a relaxing atmosphere to work in. The management team were great and promotions were available with hard work. The turn over rate was high so positions were always available.
Pros
Free Lunch
Cons
None
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no job security
Administrative Assistant II (Current Employee) –  Nashville, TNApril 23, 2016
People placed in positions are not qualified. Selection are made based on relationships with upper management. Most managers are married to each other, sleeping with each and or roommate's with each other .Performance evaluations are not done based on skills and knowledge but friendships. Good thing is if you socialize or gossip with managers, you may be promoted. Bad thing is if you demonstrate skills that are better than you managers, you will not be given a promotion. Managers are not selective based on education and skills, Procedures change every hour and daily but not to improve the process .
Pros
Holiday pay, health insurance 401 k
Cons
sometimes no breaks, poor salaries, no fairness
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Typical Work day
Supervisor-Jason Smith (Current Employee) –  Nashville, TN 37243March 16, 2016
Typical workday consists of Handling inbound calls for the various regulatory boards that make up Commerce & Insurance

Call volume ranges form 80 to 130 calls depending on the day of the week and staff levels.

I have learned various software and phone systems, how to act
independently with little or no supervision, and how to coach others in call control

Management can be very helpful or can be hinderance depending on the situation.

Most Coworker is caring, dedicated and most are long time employees

The hardest part of the job is learning how to manage stress

The most enjoyable part of my job is talking with people on the phne
Pros
State Holidays
Cons
Less Compensation than private sector in the same area
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Good Job Terrible Management
Managed Care Specialist (Former Employee) –  Nashville, TNApril 13, 2016
The jobs great because you are improving the quality of life by approving insurance. The job alone is good. Room for advancement if you are liked well enough by upper management. 90% of the jobs are Interim so that after you've worked hard and met goals they will end your job without any explanations. Beware!!!! If you are looking for permanency you will not get it here unless you are a favorite not based on merit.
Pros
It's a job
Cons
Interim position, no loyalty
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Good job if you have kids and don't really need the money
Eligibility Counselor II (Current Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNApril 26, 2016
Decent Medical/retirement benefits.
Federal holidays off.
If you have kids and have an emergency and need to leave at the drop of the hat it's usually not a problem as far as points or incidents goes.
Pros
All Federal Holidays off
Cons
low pay unless you are in upper management
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Peace of Mind position however no advancement available
Paralegal TennCare Oversight Compliance Assistant (Former Employee) –  Nashville, TNJanuary 11, 2016
This position was a peace of mind position. Very hard work regarding workload, wonderful people, excellent hours, great benefits however, no advancement offered position or pay wise anywhere regardless of employee's quality of work. This was not anyone's fault I believe was just one of those things everyone had to deal with at the time. Tough time for the entire economy...

Always got along well with everyone...am a people person and great group of people to work with so I was so blessed.
Pros
Benefits, job security although workload was very high...
Cons
no advancement available anywhere pay or position wise.
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It was ok work but management could be better and they needed to hire more experience maintenance workers
Maintenance2 (Current Employee) –  Wartburg, TNNovember 20, 2016
Management could be better and they needed to get more experience maintenance workers so the work load would be better on the more experience maintenance workers
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Clerk 2 (Former Employee) –  Nashville, TNSeptember 23, 2016
A job under the sun. Just another day on earth. Had loving co worker . Management was swell. There training program is awesome. Hardest part was going home knowing you had to do it all over again
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Great job I am just looking to advance my career
Tenncare Program Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Nashville, TNAugust 23, 2016
Great job just looking to advance my career. Great people easy to get along with. Work is fast paced and is always changing. Overall I have been pleased with this job.
Pros
I like being fast paced
Cons
To move up its who you know not how well you do your job
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LPN Staff Nurse (Former Employee) –  Dept of DDIDJune 5, 2016
Scheduling is so irractic and demanding with mandatory 13 hr. OT shifts and manditory 13 hr. Shift on call. I year probation and a Nursing manager that is unprofessional and has too much favortism.
State benefits were good, but government cuts on longivity and salary is low for under 20 years experience in the field.
The workload is good, but expect to be thrown anywhere at anytime to an unfamiliar home making it a liability to your licensure.
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a great work environment
Acting Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (Former Employee) –  Franklin, TNJuly 10, 2016
This was a very productive place to work. Management was a little shaky but upper management was not and would come in and take care of any situation that needed to be handled. Co-workers were friendly and clients were great to work with.
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Great atmosphere
Highway Worker 2 (Former Employee) –  Jamestown, TNOctober 30, 2016
Great atmosphere with management and workers. Very productive and fun work environment, and good life work balance. Very close to home.
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State of Tennessee Dept of Human Services is a terriable place to work
Eligibility Counselor (Current Employee) –  Nashville, TNAugust 22, 2015
I work in the Davidson Co Dept of Human Services office. I would not recommend this job to anyone. There's very little opportunity for advancement, management is very inconsistent, and if you work hard and are good at your job you will get more work but no extra compensation. My biggest disappointment in state government work is that there are no performance based raises, and we seldom get cost of living raises. Also the computer program that most of the work is done in is so ancient it's DOS based. There is no talk of getting a better computer program anytime soon.
Pros
A lot of vacation/sick time, good insurance
Cons
Everything else!
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wonderful company
Case management of food stamps, TANF, and Medicaid (Current Employee) –  Paris, TNAugust 24, 2016
Great place to work, only left due to doctor moved to another state. Very good environment and employee appreciation and compensation
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miserable, degrading, long hours
corporal (Former Employee) –  lake countyJanuary 9, 2016
for anyone thinking about a career in corrections well think again. You need to take a step back from your computer and take a deep breath and hit the X in the top right corner of your screen. The management will talk to you like you are a idiot and make you feel like your an inch tall. I worked their for 5 years and their is a bunch of idiots that are in the management and that is the cause of all the problems at NWCX.
Pros
none
Cons
everything
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A place where you can move up!
Human Resource Administrator (Former Employee) –  Nashville, TNNovember 11, 2016
A typical day starts at 8:00 AM after attending your weekly meeting you can proceed with what was not finished the day before. Co- Workers in this department worked as a team helping one another. The hardest part is getting everything done in 8 hours. The most enjoyable part of the day are the breaks that give you a boost to complete the day
Pros
Location
Cons
Registar
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Independent and social work place.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Nashville, TNSeptember 27, 2016
A typical day at work consisted of many opportunities to learn and grow in my ability to preform my job. I was offered the opportunity to train throughout the office in several areas. I saw many opportunities to advance and grow.
Pros
Allowed to work independently.
Cons
Short training time.
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Exhausting
DCS Case Manager (Former Employee) –  Blount County, TNApril 23, 2016
Just read my pros and cons. Great job for people straight out of college. Not so great for people with families. You'll always be in a love/hate relationship with your job.
Pros
Compensation for travel, Payed by the hour. Benefits including vision, dental, medical, prescription and retirement plan, Flexible hours
Cons
You can be transferred to another office any time, the Blount Co office environment is catty, you will have no free time.
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3.8
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