All government jobs have their ups and downs but overall I can say I would pick a government job over most companies because the benefits are always so good and the work isn't too hard but also not too easy.
Economic Self Sufficiency Specialist I (Current Employee) – Fort Myers, FL 33901 – January 5, 2019
I am an ESSI based out of Ft Myers - As an ESSI, you are really just a glorified data entry clerk. They are more concerned with production than the actual end result, which should be assisting the clients. The pay is very low and you get pushed very hard. The seniors ( who as essentially supervisor assistants) vary. Some are extremely knowledgeable while others truly have no clue when they tell you how to process something. Some of them sit in the office with their headphones on playing video games or watching YouTube. Some you avoid asking any questions of because you know they are going to give you the wrong answer. One in particular talks down to trainees, calling them peons when he addresses them. If you can get through the year training period in the office, the major advantage is that Ft Myers is primarily a telecommute location, so you get to eventually work from home. If you have children, that is a nice feature because you can lose the daycare expense and that may make up for the low pay. You can not survive on just this wage however. If you are not a two income household, you will never survive unless you have a roommate, live with your parents or live in subsidized housing. If you ask about the retention rate, they will tell you it is very high. That is false. I have yet to experience or hear of a class that has gone through and retained 50% of the trainees within the first year. I will say that most of the supervisors are great and very hands on. They are always checking up on employees and are very available to you whether you are in the office ormore... at home.less
Federal Grant Program Manager (Former Employee) – Tallahassee, FL – January 3, 2019
The State of Florida is a good place to work especially if you are fresh out of college. The pay scale is not as good as other states but the living expenses are less as well. The work is challenging and rewarding and employees are appreciated for their skill sets.
Hard workers only can make it I feel a great sense of accomplishment when the public is served with integrity and excellence. We have an amazing group of committed employees that exercise integrity and compassion for people.
Economic Self Sufficiency Specialist I (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, FL – December 29, 2018
If you are fast paced and confident then this job is for you. You effect a lot of lives in this position. There was a lot of training and knowledge to absorb. The case load is overwhelming but you always have help.
Benefits, pay and helping the public
high case load, time-standards and always doing yesterdays work
Deputy Secretary of Business Regulation (Former Employee) – Tallahassee, FL – December 25, 2018
Nothing to add the comments made above. My time there was spent dealing with many of the political issues facing most state regulation agencies. Trying to promote, protect and support the overall interest of the state, its businesses and importantly its citizens.
Adjunct Professor (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, FL – December 23, 2018
I was hired as an adjunct professor for Saturday morning classes from 9 to 12. I consisted on one hour lecture and 3 hours lab. A full time teacher was hired to replace several adjunct professor's and I was one of them. It was a great working and teach experience and I felt that I made a contribution to the College and helping the students to succeed.
While it's wonderful to help those in need its a highly stressful job at times and no raises with difficulty to promote. The health insurance and paid time off is great but you have to ask for time off months in advance to try and use it.
Lack of proper training and the tools needed to accomplish expected tasks. Unreal expectations that are not properly communicated or followed through with established procedures lead to confusion and improper leadership.
Lead Electronic Court Reporter (Former Employee) – Inverness, FL 34450 – December 16, 2018
I enjoyed working with the people. This is a State Agency so the rules are set by the State. I worked in the Electronic Court Reporting Department. The job requires attention to detail and the ability to concentrate for long periods of time.