State of Michigan
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Meaningful work, great benefits

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Clearly defined purpose and great benefits. Pay is decent for a government job. Main con is having to deal with all the government red tape and bureaucratic bs.
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Excellent benefits

The benefits here are great- great health insurance, 401k match, and PTO. I really enjoy the work I do and have a great team. The culture however isn’t as inclusive as they try to say they are.
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terrible long hours mandated overtime but good pay. Administration is terrible

If you like to work your life away then being a CO is a good job for you. You'll make lots of money but never see your family or have time off. You'll only promote if you go boating or have drinks with the higher ups on your day off. They only promote people they are friends with and not the people that deserve it.


good pay


overworked, terrible management
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It all depends on which facility you work at

Every prison facility got its cliques - good and bad, much the same with management and supervisors. That department has gone downhill in the last 5 years. Newcomers: my advice is to use it as a stepping-stone, and get out.
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Horrible, run fast

Understaffed and overworked. Management will harass you every single day with ridiculous emails. There is no help and people get upset when you have questions after training.
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Good pay and benefits. Otherwise bad.

Management is not trained in management, so they are bad. They treat employees badly and have unreasonable expectations. The pay and benefits are good. Time off is great. Some people think it's worth being treated badly for those things.
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State Homecare Helper

This is a very necessary, important job in order to keep elderly or disabled persons in their homes. They are so appreciative of any help, esp if you enjoy cooking and go the extra mile to make not only delicious meals but occasional treats! I work approximately 40 hours per week and am compensated once a month by the state for $675.


Free meals, companionship, knowing your job is extremely important.


Sometimes clients have a bad day and can be a little crabby, but keep a sense of humor and cheer them up!
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The golden handcuffs

The jobs are typically stressful, however, the benefits are amazing. The expectation is usually to complete your work no matter what, which often lead to staff taking their computer home and working for free basically.




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Very great place to work

great place to work. Safe staff ratios,relaxed culture and great teamwork. Michigan veterans home is a great place to start your career in nursing and allows for you safely gain skills.
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Sense of job security

Sense of job security, good training and good sense of purpose. Work from home is incredibly beneficial and appreciated. The most enjoyable part of the job is the interactions with co-workers.
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It’s a fine place to work. Every department is different, and every team in each department is different, so you won’t know what it’s like until you have to job.
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Productive and good environment t

Depends on what department you work in. Some offices are toxic and some are good. Dei has brought a lot of good to the environment. I’m happy in the department I’m currently in.
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Work was unclear

There wasn’t a lot of guidance but the manager was nice. Most days we just had to wing it. But dealing with COVID was challenging for all and the rules were ever changing.
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Could be better

Great pay and benefits. Unfortunately as with any government entity, there is a lot of red tape and bureaucracy. Most of the people in management positions could use training for efficiency in managing employees. The culture really depends on the department you work for. You can also only go so far in the State without a degree.


Great benefits, Pto


Poor management, bureaucracy
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Good benefits, high caseloads

Caseload are high which makes everyday a stressor as you feel like you are not giving those you serve the time and attention they need. Policies constantly change and can be difficult to follow.
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Ok place to work

Its a job and it's fun. Was there for a long time. There are good superviors and bad ones. The schedule is good after the first year and the pay and benfits are really good.


Good pay


A little stessful
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Depends on what State job you have....

Obviously this depends on what you do for the state, what city you work in and even what district in the building you work for. These jobs normally have decent pay if you cant stick it out 5 plus years, however this wont out way the bad here. Most regret the career choice and end up leaving even if they are great that their job as management can truly be terrible . High turnover, inconsistent standards and very little fulfillment makes the state less than desirable. The culture and environment can really suck if you have the wrong coworkers / boss and can remind you of a bad high school situation as at times its much more important to be in a cool kids club than competent with the job. Good workers are expected to cover the bad and the job has a lot of government red tape nonsense. I was surprised at how much turn over with staff there was and i hear from the few that remain that it has only gotten worse since i quit. This speaks volumes when the pay can be ok. Look for something better, or at very least know you will likely be seeking a chance a career change sooner rather than later here.


Decent Pay with some jobs, benefits ( maybe)


Government nonsense / redtape. Little benefit of advancement
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Government Job with Decent flexibility

Worked as Infrastructure Analyst in Field Services, work environment was pretty flexible visit client sites to complete work, pay wasn’t the best but benefits were really good!
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Toxic environment

The environment is extremely toxic, needs restructuring, management is not supportive. The culture in the office is not conducive for productivity. Always short staffed with high turnover rate.
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Productive with a sense of accomplishment.

While taking breaks and engaging in occasional mindless activities can sometimes be helpful, focus on prioritizing important tasks, so you can get your work done at work. If you're having trouble prioritizing your activities, identify tasks that are urgent and/or will result in high impact with low input. If tasks are not urgent, have a low impact or will take a long time to produce value, make these lower on your list. The goal is to get the most value out of your workday, so you can enjoy your time outside of work.


Enjoy working with clients.


Managers who micro-manage.
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Did aid

Serving the public can be frustrating , but that isn't the worst part. The job would be fine if it weren't for inconsistent procedure and policy interpretation by each individual branch manager. It should be the same process in every office. Also, it doesn't help that the head of the department is elected every 4 years, this makes for frequent changes in leadership, instability, lack of direction due to ever changing politics. This job really should be part of MDOT or treasury.


Pto, union, decent benefits


Customers, management favoritism and special treatment, changes in leadership make schedule reliability really unstable
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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture

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