State of Montana Employee Reviews

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Data Entry Clerk II (Current Employee) –  Helena, MTMay 14, 2018
I loved the culture and the employees. I wish I could have obtained a full time position there. I enjoyed my full time temp position at the Department of Revenue.
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a good learning experience
LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) (Former Employee) –  Deer Lodge, MTMay 1, 2018
for those looking for something different, look here; so many different possibilities and opportunities; the states has nurses for many different positions from mental health, to insurance claims to psychiatric; just take your pick
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A culture of burn out
Manager (Current Employee) –  Helena, MTApril 28, 2018
The state of montana is overall a great place to work if you live in the state, yet the department I work in (OPA) is not and burn out is common. People bail like drowning rats!
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Had to work there
Various roles (Former Employee) –  Deer Lodge, MTApril 23, 2018
I was a group 1 firefighter for the crew I was on and went back to check for hotspots. On the farm I milked cows and did processing for cheese. I was a janitor at the courthouse.
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Love helping people
WoRC Program (Former Employee) –  Glasgow, MTApril 11, 2018
Lots of work for little pay. It was a contract and even though I built the contract up from a small budget to over 1 million this made it competitive for people to try to take the contract.
Pros
Great job
Cons
Stressful
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Hard work
Child Protection Specialist (Current Employee) –  Kalispell, MTApril 3, 2018
Very busy work with a lot of emotional situations. Working with families to reunite them, by helping them get healthy and safe for the kids. Sometimes very hard to do and end up terminating parental rights.
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Would not recommend
Trainee Montana State Fund (Former Employee) –  Helena, MTMarch 31, 2018
Unfortunately management has promoted people to middle management that are not qualified and when employees voice concern and frustration nothing is done. Most coworkers are extremely helpful however other departments don’t have to provide the same level of service and some examiners get away with doing nothing and never answering their customers calls and nothing is done to correct this.

Very stressful, demanding position and with the wrong manager, which unfortunately there are too many of, you spend too much time educating an under qualified manager that is set in their (wrong) ways

Union is in regular contact due to multiple ongoing issues that management fails to address / wrongful terminations

High turnover rate and low sense of job security
Pros
Union
Cons
See below
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You can make your work count
Psychiatric Technician (Former Employee) –  Warm Springs, MTMarch 30, 2018
Taking care of the patients and seeing them get well is a very rewarding experience for someone that truly cares. Don't work there if the you don't care about the patients. The patients will pick up on this and can make your work experience a nightmare.
Pros
good benefits. Good training
Cons
short staffed all the time. Admin does not care about their workers.
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Working for the State of Montana
External Auditor (Former Employee) –  Department of TranportationMarch 27, 2018
I had the pleasure of working for four state agencies. Each position was challenging and rewarding. Training was constantly available as needed and management was supportive of advancement. It is a stressful, fast-paced, politically charged atmosphere. The benefits were excellent.
Pros
benefits and flexible scheduling
Cons
politically charged atmosphere
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State of Montana is a good place to work
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (Former Employee) –  MontanaMarch 13, 2018
Job security, flexible schedules, good work environment. Good pay and good to help people. Get to meet different people. Keeping current with software standards
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Great coworkers
Claims Examiner (Current Employee) –  HelenaMarch 12, 2018
Great group of employee. Lots of support available to do your job. Coworkers are always willing to help and support you whenever possible. Multidiscipline resources available.
Pros
Coworkers
Cons
Stressfull position at time
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Great place to woork
Facilities Maintenance Director (Current Employee) –  Warm Springs, MTMarch 9, 2018
Awesome place to provide a good service and a safe environment for the patients and people that live and work there. Great atmosphere and sense of accomplishment.
Pros
free lunches
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Advancement Available if you work hard
Civil Engineering Technician 2 (Current Employee) –  Glendive, MTMarch 7, 2018
Harder for the older worker to fit in with younger crews. Pay started low but able to advance quickly. Lots of overtime available. Management not easy to work with. Lots of "good ol boys".
Pros
Paid holidays
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Elected position
House Representative (Current Employee) –  Billings, MT/Helena, MTFebruary 21, 2018
Very rewarding to be involved in creating law that can affect the people of the State of Montana. I was appointed to the Appropriations Committee and was involved in budgeting and the overview of state agencies.
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This state govt needs structure and professionalism
Client Service Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Missoula, MTFebruary 7, 2018
Lots to do here.. Morale at an all time low.. turn over rate is out rageous and policies change about as often as people change clothes. No stucture and it is basically a dog and pony show! Only work here if you just don't give a ****.. or if you have absolutely no work ethic..
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benefits
Cons
morale
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independent small rural office
Client Service Eligibility Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Columbus, MTJanuary 25, 2018
I was able to get to know my clients and what their needs were easily as our office served rural areas. We were independent and took in overflow from the larger offices around the state. I enjoyed the diversity and work very much.
Pros
small, independent, busy
Cons
not a lot of contact with management or other co workers
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Busy, chaotic, life experience.
Psychiatric Technician (Former Employee) –  Warm Springs, MTJanuary 23, 2018
Learning about different disabilities in the mentally ill and how to help assist with coping skills. Always a position to pick up overtime. How to manage crises.
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Could be a Fantastic place to work
Appraiser (Current Employee) –  MontanaJanuary 22, 2018
Management seems more interested in having fun and being friends than getting work done. Good benefits and some employees do want to get their work done. Hands off management, which is great for self-motivated employees. Great flexibility with working hours.

A few rotten apples seem to never want to leave which results in a cliquey environment making it uncomfortable for newcomers - of which there are many - due to the turnover which is partly caused by the rotten apples.

Low morale and incredible turnover make it hard for those who actually like their jobs and want to stay. Uncertainty with budget cuts and half of all offices in our division closing.

No chance for advancement or better pay.
Pros
Good benefits, flexible schedules.
Cons
Low pay, poor management, no chance for better pay or advancement.
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Management was awful when I worked there.
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  Helena, MTJanuary 10, 2018
Executive Assistant providing excellent customer service for all Montana State Fund employees. Functions include managing the Human Resources budget, working with new employee orientation, employee benefits, daily financial transactions, reviewed and logged applicants into the system, entered new employees into SABHRS system. Also prepared agendas, staff calendars, updated policies and posted them on the intranet, maintained records management, ordered all office supplies, scheduled all HR appointments and managed the Vice President’s calendar.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
They needed better management at the time.
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Enjoyed
Psych Tech (Former Employee) –  Warm Springs, MTJanuary 10, 2018
I really enjoyed working here. The staff were usually fun and easy to work with. Day to day duties always changed so it made it less repetitive and enjoyable. Benefits were ok. If the distance between work and home were closer it would have made it easier.
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