The Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Bureau of Enterprise Standards and Technology (BEST) has the potential of being a great place to work and learn. However, the State's financial and workplace rules and regulations can often confound individuals who have worked for years in the private sector. Nonetheless, I did great work for the teams at the Department of Public Health in getting their IT needs to be understood and met by the BEST delivery teams.
Cook (Former Employee) – Enfield, CT – September 10, 2018
I was a cook at a facility and I was a inmate. Not a Ct work the CO was some jerks and the took food and gave inmates cold food and I didn't like it. I was at a different facility so being there was relaxing.
I was on a brief contract with the State but enjoyed most all of it. My contract was not renewed when I expected it to be but the State was also having budget issues. My co-workers were respectful and fun to work with.
Started as a trainee and advanced to Examiner 1 after 1 year. Was overqualified for the position and applied for many positions which were more applicable to my experience. Very difficult to advance. Management was not interested in placing the best person in the positions. Outstanding benefits but really a boring, dead end job.
Social Worker (Former Employee) – New Haven, CT – July 27, 2018
It was a wonderful productive place to work. I worked with a diverse group of individuals. I attended several trainings at the academy which helped in understanding the dynamics of different ethnic groups and people with special needs.
Department of Administrative Services (Former Employee) – Hartford, CT – July 24, 2018
Very busy atmosphere Enjoyed my workload ...dealt with dislocated workers which was very stressful but had tremendous support from management. Great satisfaction when we placed a laid-off worker into a new State position.
Overall a positive and mutually beneficial work expierience
Adult Pribation Officer (Former Employee) – New Haven, CT – July 22, 2018
Observed many changes over a 26 year career. Ended with our Department being only one of two accredited states. At one point this was a job exclusive to eliciting change and improvements to offenders issues to prevent recidivism. With the influx of computer technology supervision became quantitative instead of qualitative. The philosophy became if an offender sores a certain way their treatment would follow a computer generated course and did not allow for individual tailoring of treatment to specific issues.
Ability to work without heavy handed supervision and make sure statistics were met.
Too much reliance on computers., Not enough review of practices to ensure relevance, attempts to come up with alternatives discouraged, reliance on quantitative statistics in stead of qualitative outcomes, Little positive encouragement for positive outcome, failure by department to recognize work above and beyond standards.