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Worst experience of my life working here
Special Investigator 1 (Former Employee) –  Norristown, PAOctober 30, 2018
Stay away!! From the Director to the Chief down to lower management and Investigators; everyone has their own agenda that makes an easy simple job a living nightmare. Over 50% of new persons hired quit or get fired in the first 18 months; there's a reason for this and it's poor management. Don't be a statistic and apply for another company to begin or continue your professional career.
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Paid vacation/sick time, benefits
Cons
Management
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Run away and do not turn back!
Income Maintenance Caseworker (Current Employee) –  Lancaster, PAOctober 17, 2018
Lancaster Customer Service Center at Liberty Place, the worst job I have ever had. Executive Director and management are horrible. Supervisors will not stand behind you, always try to "please" management. Micro-manage and question everything you do when you are not on the phone with clients. Try to limit you for bathroom use which is inhumane. Morale in this office is non-existent. We are a call center and are expected to have all calls under 7 minutes, questioned when calls are longer...we are customer service not robots. Please do not even apply. You will regret it. Bad enough about management than add public welfare clients who constantly yelling and swearing at you. Emotionally draining! Money is not worth it!!!!
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None
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Everything
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Solid job
Mechanic Tech (Former Employee) –  PAAugust 22, 2018
I don't know why they put operator B as a opening because it's a promotion for a employee that already works there . Union rule I guess. If you can get in It's a good job
Pros
heath insurance, paid Holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Cons
Takes along time to make money through raises
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Cssh poor pt treatment/poor employee treatment
RN Staff Nurse (Current Employee) –  Clarks Summit, PAAugust 10, 2018
No vacation time allowed. No flexibility with schedule. Unfair treatment of staff and even worse for pts. Management does not what to help the problems. RNs work as CNAs/ LPNs sleep and do doubles. Aids work as drill sergeants.
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health insurance
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Everything
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DCNR is a terrible place to work
PA (Former Employee) –  PAAugust 4, 2018
Poor management, cannot follow policies, you try and be up front and honest, and it gets you no where. Employees stealing from the state and you try and turn them in and do the right thing and it somehow becomes your fault. Terrible terrible place to work.
Pros
decent pay
Cons
Breaks policies everyday. Theft. Favoritism.
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Job security is pretty much dependent on your butt kissing ability or strength of political pull.
Temporary Equipment Operator Class A (Former Employee) –  Fulton County, PAAugust 1, 2018
Most people who have worked here,have job security,because they have political friends in higher places.Not on their experience or abilities.It is a way overgrown soap opera,where men try to make each other look bad for hopes of job security.Most could not operate anything,but their mouths.
Pros
I loved plowing snow when permitted to do so.
Cons
Kissing butt for job security, no job security, without political pull.
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Disfunctional and getting worse.
IT Manager (Former Employee) –  Harrisburg, PAJuly 2, 2018
I have worked at the Commonwealth for several years and for several agencies. The general moral has plummeted over the last couple of years. Ineffectual\incompetent leadership are common place, stemming from broken Pennsylvania government. Pay equality has been a major source of low moral. Couple this with continual budget battles resulting in position cuts, shrinking program funding and a desire to "do more with less" has created a work environment that promotes cutting corners and a desire to change everything with no clear plan of what to change and how to change it. Pay is decent and job security tends to be very good, but don't expect a happy workplace or a lot of support from management.
Pros
Stable pay, job security
Cons
Ineffectual\incompetent management, very low moral, work environment stuck in a continual state of change, no clear cut direction or plan of how of action
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Not worth your time even applying
Eqipment operator (Former Employee) –  Erie, PAMay 29, 2018
Very very poor work environment management would never give you backing. Everybody is Cut Throat they don't work as a team claim they have high standards but have very low standards especially when it comes to hiring new employees. The leave time money and benefits are not worth the Stress and Anxiety they put you through 90% of the people I work with were on some kind of stress medication. For being a state facility one would think it would be a great place to work stay out of the state system if you can help it take my word for it!
Pros
Benefits leave time
Cons
Too much drama cut throat
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Stay away from doylestown garage
Diesel and equipment mechanic (Former Employee) –  Doylestown, PAMay 24, 2018
Horrible. No support from equipment manager. Long hours with sleet and snow. Was there for three days straight. Working in very bad weather. Very very dirty trucks. You need a torch to heat everything to remove from truck
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Awful place to work
Nurse (Former Employee) –  Scranton, PAApril 10, 2018
State always in due to complaints. Management is awful and do not work with or treat staff well. Patient to staff ratios are ridiculous. Mgmt blames staff for any possible issue they are cited for. The pay and benefits are not worth the extreme stress the job causes. Supervisors will not help or support the staff.
Pros
Benefits and salary
Cons
Staff ratios, management, lack of knowledge of mgmt, favoritism
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Avoid plcb
PLCB Analyst (Former Employee) –  Harrisburg, PADecember 9, 2017
Not sure about other agencies but PLCB/Liquor Board is best avoided. At first expect all smiles and friendly folks. After you've been there a while, expect high stress, poor communication/direction, poor leadership/management from top down, unreasonable expectations, crushing workload and overall dysfunctional organization- all for low pay and minimal/rare raises (pension going away and it's small/not guaranteed if governor needs money for state). Office located in heart of downtown Harrisburg, so be prepared to have random street dwellers approaching you on a regular basis outside the building. Not worth it, avoid.
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Very professional work environment and knowledgable management
Income Maintenance Caseworker (Former Employee) –  Reading, PANovember 30, 2017
My work day consisted of a following a set schedule for case workload to be completed by time sensitive order. It was easy to fall behind when computers went down but you learn to utilize the computer down time with other duties. I liked having supervisors that went above and beyond to help resolve difficult issues.
Pros
no weekends
Cons
paid day off in times of bad weather
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It was a great job at PSP troop H
Clerical Supervisor 2 (Former Employee) –  Transportation Safety DivisionSeptember 2, 2017
A great job as a dispatcher at Troop H
A honor to work for the state police.Such wonderful great men. Sorry i left the bureau and went to Penndot.I regret that moved
Penndot was okay in the beginning
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A tremendous stepping stone to better things.
Clerk Typist (Former Employee) –  Harrisburg, PAMay 26, 2017
Working for the State Civil Service is a fantastic way to build a strong work experience, if you are willing to put the work in, the State will give you a rewarding experience. After my assignment with the state, my resume was loaded with clerical, technical, and receptionist skillsets which later on were critical to bigger and better jobs. The office I was assigned to had a fantastic staff and the best management team I have ever worked under. This of course wont apply to every state office you work for, but the Civil Service commission really provides a fantastic opportunity for young professionals to build a career, just dont stay too long. You can be trapped at low wages if you refuse to move on.
Pros
State Office Enviroment, work with professionals
Cons
Red Tape, some offices are rather bad
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Management has no control and sets poor example. Moral is horribly low.
Income maintenance casework supervisor (Current Employee) –  Lancaster County, PAMarch 27, 2017
People just stay because you get paid a decent amount and we used to have good benefits. Benefits are getting worse actually bad and work load is overbearing so moral is very bad.0
Pros
Decent hourly wage
Cons
High school like drama, benefits are getting worse and worse, workloads are becoming impossible to handle. Very high stress.
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IMCW (Former Employee) –  Pottstown, PAJanuary 19, 2012
Great Entry level job, hard to advance due to limited spaces to grow,
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