Get hired with the intention to leave. Stack your resume'
Program Manager (Current Employee) – Little Rock, AR – November 3, 2018
DHS is the perfect way to boost your resume'. The environment and promotional opportunities are purely political, and there isnt room for natural advancement just by working hard. The same with annual raises which will depend on the budget and not your true performance. Get vested at the most and leave.
Social Worker (Former Employee) – Bentonville, AR – October 5, 2018
The state department doesn't care about work/life balance, it's all about numbers to them. A typical day starts before you leave your home in the morning with phone calls and demands, running at a sprint all day long with everyone complaining because there is not enough time in the day to actually complete the job, and then ending your day late with more phone calls and demands. I did learn a lot. Management is non-existent. The workplace culture is strange. The hardest part of the job is not being able to complete anything. There was no enjoyable part of the job.
Fsw (Former Employee) – Fort Smith, AR – October 1, 2018
The job itself was fine and rewarding however management was horrible and office staff was a joke along with supervisors who cannot supervise or keep office politics and gossip under control. Would not recommend
Can be stressful, but it's still a great place to work for!
Direct Care Staff (Current Employee) – Lewisville – September 27, 2018
The job can be stressful at times, but it is still a great place to work for! The staff treats each other like family and has each others backs which is very important to me. The starting pay is pretty decent and the benefits are great. I can honestly say that I love my job here!
Staff treats each other like family, decent pay, benefits
There is not room for career growth. The staff that has over 20 years make less or same as new staff. unfair.
Program Specialist (Current Employee) – Little Rock, AR – September 9, 2018
Jobs are stressful but most of the time you are treated as adults. If pay was better job would be a lot better. a lot of meeting. if you have great people and computer skills and not seeking a great salary but just want a decent job this is the place.
Assistant Director (Current Employee) – Little Rock, AR – July 18, 2018
DHS is seldom intended as a final career. It's usually something we all start out in and work to get out. But those who stay will find many career opportunities and the ability to earn good money while serving the public good.
The retirement benefits are better than corporate America and the job security is much better.
Social Services Assistant (Current Employee) – McGehee, Arkansas – July 18, 2018
I enjoy working for the Department of Human Services. It is very rewarding to assist people in your community. The pay scale is very low working for the State of Arkansas compared to the private job market.
If you like to be busy, and don't need any recognition for effort and results, work here.
Program Eligibility Specialist (Current Employee) – Hot Springs, AR – March 7, 2018
A typical day at work for me is going to my office and staying there going from one task to the next for the next 8 hours, eating at my desk, and never hearing anything good about what I do. If you aren't strong and able to toot your own horn, working for DHS is not for you.
Hour lunches, plenty of PTO, health benefits
Too busy environment, incomplete training, lack of positive reinforcement
Boss was threatened by anyone with more education than her.
Program Eligibility Specialist (Former Employee) – Berryville, AR – March 21, 2018
Ten minutes after I walked in the door, my immediate supervisor came in, closed the door and informed me that she didn't want to hire me because of my education level and would find a way to get rid of me at the first given opportunity.
Medical Coordinator (Current Employee) – Little Rock, AR – October 15, 2018
The benefit to working for a large organization is that there are many opportunities to move around within the organization to find the right fit. It is seldom that work outside of the normal business hours is requires which is helpful in maintaining work-life balance.
Providing services to clients with open DCFS cases
Program assistant (Former Employee) – Arkansas – January 29, 2018
The job is a great fulfilling job but has poor management and can feel like you are fighting the system alone. Understand DCFS is a broken system but you can still make a difference. Can't work this job for the paycheck.
Program Eligibility Specialist (Current Employee) – Little Rock, AR – October 29, 2018
The work load is very over whelming for one person. The work place is very conniving and the managers do not have your back. The hardest part of my job is not being able to help the working class. The clients are always upset and the states is always looking for ways to cut cost and save money.
Helping citizens in need.
The breaks aren't long, the pay is great, and you have a lot of paper work.