State of Wisconsin Employee Reviews in United States

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Terrible! The atmosphere is comparative to the high school children like behavior.
Wisconsin executive (Current Employee) –  Wisconsin Rapids, WIMay 18, 2016
Look elsewhere for employment. It will be the best decision you'll ever make. Working for the state was a good idea in the past.When working for the state in the past you knew that you would never get rich but at that time you did it for your family. Since then things have changed. Health insurance now is just like anywhere else. For many years state employees excepted less pay in exchange for better if not the best health insurance for your family. Now current employees wages are at the compromised level and the insurance they compromised for is diminished significantly and in many cases less than other careers. I use the word career lightly because it really isn't being considered a career by the majority of employees. This is why there is such a crisis in the department of Corrections employee retention.
An example of just how bad the state is being a professional truck driver. Please look into to it @ wi.jobs and compare with other private companies.
The public citizens are not educated about the benefits state employees receive which leads to them despising civil servants in all areas of employment of city,country, state and federal employment.
Working for the state now is a good stepping stone but no longer should it be considered long term employment.
Pros
Good for experience to proceed to a long term career.
Cons
To many to mention
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Policy Analyst (Current Employee) –  Madison, WIMay 14, 2016
A great opportunity to learn more. Exposure to various different aspects of government and top officials of the state.
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Depending on who you work around, there is the ability to keep the atmosphere light depsite the work
Initial Assessment Social Worker, Advanced (Former Employee) –  Milwaukee, WIApril 9, 2016
Child Protective Services is a hard job to do but with good service managers and even better team members, it can be ok. The job is difficult, having peers that are willing to help keep the atmosphere light and engage in shenanigans to keep everyone's morale high is helpful
Pros
Tons of opportunities for professional development, opportunities to make extra money when needed
Cons
you never can make plans...
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No room for growth
Human Service Program Coordinator- Senior (Former Employee) –  Milwaukee, WIMarch 23, 2016
It's very hard to advance with the State, unless you know someone in upper management and they like you. No raise for 4 years, I have friends who have been there 6 years now and still no raise. Management is not educated, they hire people who from the outside who do not have the experience needed to perform their job.
Pros
Made a lot of lifetime friends
Cons
No raise in 4 years
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Some great opportuniites within the Departments
Dept. of Administration IT Manager (Former Employee) –  Madison, WIMarch 1, 2016
Room for automation and gaining valuable experience from making system improvements and methods standardization. IT organizations with many departments are great organizations.
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Business Objects Developer (Current Employee) –  Madison, WIFebruary 24, 2016
- It was a great experience working with DOC.
- co-workers are very helpful in regards to information gathering
-I enjoyed most of the part working with the business users.
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not a place to work
Janitor (Former Employee) –  Plymouth, WIFebruary 11, 2016
the hours are long there is no job security the people you work with are so lazy that it means you will work harder and longer. You will have on life outside of this job
Pros
n/a
Cons
you will have on life outside of work
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Not a place to work if you're looking for advancement. Poor Administration.
Custodian - Sage Hall (Former Employee) –  University of Wisconsin -OshkoshDecember 8, 2015
If you are a hard working and dedicated type of person, you need to have to overlook very weak work ethics of which were developed by a Bargaining Unit (Union). Overall management is weak and I believe is just interested in surviving until Retirement Day arrives.
Pros
Good Health benefits.
Cons
work overload and reluctant management response to key issues.
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Awful place to work for people with above average intelligence
Disability Determination Specialist (Former Employee) –  Madison, WISeptember 21, 2015
Are you extremely average in every way? Are you someone who lives by the saying "ignorance is bliss?" Do you secretly harbor a distrust of the general public and relish the chance to stick it to ordinary people for the slightest mistake? Then working as a Disability Determination Specialist (also more generally known as a disability examiner) might be right for you!

Enjoy staying on the good side of woefully inexperienced managers who will likely be gone in a couple years as they hound you over the slightest problem with your case processing statistics but do nothing to provide any real support. Take inappropriate shortcuts and deny claims for the most arbitrary reasons, and send claimants to unnecessary physical and psychological evaluations at government expense if you ever feel unsure about what to do next. Whatever you do, don't actually make an effort to understand what you're doing; it will make you crazy and almost no one will believe you anyway. This is the ideal work environment for the banal type who just likes following orders.

Compensation is about 60% of the equivalent federal classification, keeping costs low by having state employees perform a federal agency's work with federal funds. By being a state agency, many decisions will also be second-guessed by one of a number of regional offices around the country, and there is a climate of fear around these reviews.

The positive aspects of working here is that working hours and vacation time are handled very liberally. The hours are fairly flexible, and you can almost always get approval to use paid leave
  more... with little notice. Also, the dress code is something close to whatever you feel like. However, it's probably not worth it to get sucked into this miserable abomination of an office just for these. If you're thinking about working here, run away as fast as you can.  less
Pros
Good leave policy, lax dress code
Cons
Most people who work here are stupid or downright evil; actually, pretty much everything else
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Meat Safety Consultant (Current Employee) –  new richmond, wiSeptember 20, 2015
I enjoyed working with my co-workers on a day to day basis, as our jobs are in the field and on our own 90% of the time it was nice to work with people that understood this and still we were able to keep communication open and ongoing.
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Fun place to work.
Lead Gardener (Former Employee) –  Oshkosh, WISeptember 1, 2015
Planting and care of vegetable plants.Learned how to order seeds ,supplies etc.Great Boss and co-workers.Hardest part was leaving thah job.Enjoyable part was growing food for people to enjoy.
Pros
opportunity to have a challenging job.
Cons
healthcare
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Fun and wonderful work place
Certified Nursing Assistant Certification (Former Employee) –  Waukesha, WIAugust 26, 2015
fun work place with supportive management. Not all about the numbers but how you personally grow and develope. Decent amount of a red tape and politics, but this is expected of a big company. The most enjoyable part of the job was working alongside my co-workers.
Pros
Overtime and transportaion available
Cons
points dir call in
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Stuck
Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Milwaukee, WIAugust 10, 2015
Working for the state isn't a bad gig, but it is very difficult to advance in your career. There are also never any raises and the small "bonus" program that was in place has been put on permanent hold. Frustrating to not be able to advance even with more education and training.
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Too Many Highly Paid Chiefs Not Enough Indians
Ofc/Unit Business Mgr. (Former Employee) –  Greater Milwaukee AreaJuly 31, 2015
Worked 8-10 hours daily with increased responsibilities for lack of Assoc AD of Finance. Scope of position changed drastically due to increased duties and responsibilities with no financial increase. Seven years without a raise in addition to unpaid furloughs.
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Disability Determination Specialist (Current Employee) –  Madison WIJuly 28, 2015
Benefits change yearly, no raises. I like the job, but room for advancement is limited. Flex time is nice, and so is time off.
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Department of Employee Trust Funds administers retirement, insurance and other benefit programs for state and local government employees and retirees
Senior Java/J2ee Developer (Current Employee) –  WisconsinJuly 28, 2015
• Involved in developing the web-Pages for the BPS and LSPS modules.
• Involved in writing DAO’s for retirement programs.
• Created STAR Interfaces for Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Cash Receipts, Manual Warrants, Special and Third party Payments.
• Worked on the detailed design specifications for the new enhancements based on business requirements.
• Involved in updating existing business logic for the new ETF rules using Struts Action classes.
• Involved in writing complex SQL’s to identify members eligible for Wellness Incentive benefit.
• Involved in creating 1042, 1099 & W2’s using I Reports and also updated business rules for new Fiscal year template and business changes.
• Involved in custom file maintenance by writing UPDATE queries to allow business users to handle exceptions and continue their normal processing.
• Used Spring Dependency Injection and Spring JDBC to configure the LSPS application.
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ACCESS –is a web based application, application will allow clients to apply for benefits and to check the status of their benefits, and report changes
Senior Java/J2EE Developer (Current Employee) –  WisconsinJuly 28, 2015
• Designing, Developing and Deploying web based multi-tiered interfaces including user
• account and payment screens using Java, J2EE, Struts, Hibernate, and Spring.
• Interacting with business users and SME's to understand requirements, analyze and translate
• them into technical specification.
• Developed several javascript functions for event handling, response handling and error handling.
• Developed Spring configuration to connect several user interfaces using Spring dependency injection and Wiring.
• Consumed web services and streamed the data to JSON data for faster processing and development of product models.
• Automated unit test and screen flow tests to speed up testing of various screens and validate business rules.
• Lead the effort of building a Rich User Interface using HTML 5.
• Middle layer for data access components in Java, JSP and Servlet classes.
• Used Remoting, Proxy services and Data management services in Payroll Management.
• Worked extensively in doing mock up screens development for Business users.
• Used Maven to build the application and used Subversion for version control.
• Developed the application in Flash Builder and deployed it on Tomcat application server proxied through secured http web server.
• Worked closely with technical support team to resolve technical problems raised by help desk in an effective and timely manner.
• Solved many Front end and business layer production issues and performance bottlenecks.
• Documented Implementation and troubleshooting guides, user manuals and design documents.
• Followed, Scrum
  more... Agile Software Development methodology for the implementation which is based on “Develop quickly, deliver often”  less
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Productive, Great Environment, Competitive
Lead Data Warehouse/BI Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Madison, WIJuly 10, 2015
My typical day would involve meetings, analyzing data, creating documentation. Currently, i manage the team of 6 people so making sure thier tasks ara sssigned, resource allocation, work has been prioritized and allinged with the projects needs/urgency/deadlines.
Pros
Spportive Mnagement
Cons
Short Beaks
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low staffing...tension all around
Correctional officer (Current Employee) –  WisconsinJuly 2, 2015
Myself and One other Officer are in charge of 300 inmates. Ive learned how to de escalate dangerous and or violent incidents. My co workers are the best. I can easily count on them to save my life if needed. Hardest part is the lack of respect from management.
Pros
traning in verbal judo.
Cons
extreme tension
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Long Commute/ Poor Management
Employment Specialist (Former Employee) –  Milwaukee, WIJune 11, 2015
I enjoyed working at the State of Wisconsin when it came to my job duties. Working with clients searching for employment. I was a Case Manager and worked with a diverse population. Social Work is where my heart is.
Pros
Decent Pay, Nice Benefits, Helping Clients
Cons
Terrible Management, Micromanaging, Harrassment, Always Watching What You Were Doing.
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