Seeing clients and staff succeed is enormously satisfying. However, there is always way too much to do. This includes too much paperwork needed before varios services can be provided to clients for them to succeed
Benefits are at least average. Coworkers are outstanding.
KS Dept of Labor Offices not located in Topeka, Kansas have zero chance of advancement; pay scale is based off group not individual work; raises are based on cost of living adjustments only; those receiving merit raises are ineligible for cost of living raise; education and experience do not add to your worth; management addresses one person's issues and mistakes as a group issue; personnel causing issues are not reprimanded or issues addressed; personnel may claim time worked even though they were not in the office as management does not check, management does not ensure the same individual is taking off work every Friday, and there is not enough work to keep all personnel busy.
Little to no supervision
Little management involvement and no room for advancement
Human Services Specialist (Current Employee) – Kansas City, KS – June 21, 2018
Good for a filler job. Supervisors do not want to do any work and leave the lobby in the hands of a power hungry she devil. Pay sucks, definitely not a livable wage for a recent college grad (bills and student loan payments) no room for advancement as people tend to stay here their entire lives. Raises are laughable and do not happen every year.
Accounting Specialist III (Former Employee) – Topeka, KS – May 12, 2018
All in all I enjoyed my job at the State of Kansas. It taught me how to be patient and listen to what people were really saying. On the other hand, it all so taught me how to stand my ground, when interpreting guidelines set forth by the Board, to the attorneys and their staff.
Engineering Technician (Former Employee) – Kansas – September 4, 2018
Very low pay compared to the industry standard. No advancement opportunities for people not "connected". Extremely lazy co-workers with racist attitudes. If you can tolerate the good ole boy racism then not a bad place to get your feet wet and get out.
You can call off anytime you want because no one cares.
Human Services Specialist (Current Employee) – Kansas – April 3, 2018
No advancements no bonuses no raises pretty cool environment jeans everyday it’s a state job so everyone there has been there for at least 20 yeas and longer. Hard to advance into management and/or other programs
Fast pace, friendly, management easy to talk to, assistance when needed, learning workplace, a place where you want to go to work every day & do your best.. Hardest part was learning the computer system but someone was always there to answer your questions.
Our office is small. On an average, we serve 80 people per day between three staff members. We work with a diverse customer base, from international students to babies.
The hardest part of the job sometimes is dealing with upset customers. Being front line and enforcing laws and rules is essential but not pleasant. Maintaining a professional attitude is necessary and helpful.
The most enjoyable part of the job is helping first time applicants go through the process and watch their faces when they pass all required testing successfully.
Assisting people with driver licenses, learning permits, testing and identifications cards.
Team structure was easy to work within and very supportive of balance in personal life.
CHILD PROTECTION SPECIALIST (Current Employee) – Garden City, KS – March 11, 2018
Working within a team model affords individual development, group oversight and supervision to provide for better service delivery to our clients. There is opportunity for career advancement. The state of Kansas provided ongoing training and assisted with licensing fees.
I would recommend employment with the State of Kansas to anyone. The management was easy to get along with and was very willing to help and give constructive feed back. Fellow employees were pleasant and we developed a "working family" relationship.
Corrections Officer (Former Employee) – El Dorado, KS – June 21, 2018
It takes a certain type of person to successfully pull off a career in Corrections. The state of Kansas is in a very poor and sad position with respect to providing for Officers and paying them a fair wage compared to the National average.
No breaks, high stress, very low staffing levels, dangerous environment