State of Nebraska
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The people are all nice but the training is typically not adequate. Many of the positions have little growth potential and thus it's tough being young and wanting to grow/advance.
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Unnecessarily stressful and abusive atmosphere — for a joke of a paycheck, because you could make the same salary working retail.

What is the best part of working at the company?It provides a paycheck. That's about it. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Everything. Many division supervisors in DHHS are micromanagers and borderline abusive to staff, with unrealistic expectations.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Toxic and completely stressful. What is a typical day like for you at the company?No two days were ever the same, but anything that went wrong was my fault and everything that went right was "well, anyone could have done that."
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What people like
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Clear sense of purpose
Areas for improvement
  • Fair pay for job

Leadership lacks leadership skills, people skills, and empathy

Benefits were good, hours were good. Anyone above Supervisor level uses dishonest business practices, manipulation, lookout for themselves and do not protect or care about their employees nor the clients. It was very difficult to work for ‘leaders’ that don’t utilize leadership skills, soft skills or people skills. There are excellent people to work with in Fremont until you get to the leadership above Supervisor level. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen such poor leadership in 35 years of being in the workforce. Unit Managers(at the directives of Admin), Administrator, and above will do whatever they can to not take accountability by shifting blame onto the Supervisors, Leads, and workers.HR is there solely to protect the company, not the employee, although they have a way of making you feel they are there to help and protect you as an employee. They work for the company and will only look out for the company, they are not there to ensure employees are heard, valued, and treated fairly.


Benefits, days off, excellent coworkers


Administrator and above show deceitful business practices, unfair treatment of certain employees, do not protect employees
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Excellent benefits

The state offers excellent benefits and above average retirement match. The state matches your retirement 156% of your contribution. Many paid holidays.
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Under paid and under appreciated.

Working in a State job can be a unique experience. Even when a program excels on a national level, its achievements might often go unnoticed within the State. It's disheartening to observe that some high-performing program directors may earn less than their counterparts in lesser-performing programs. Additionally, the absence of regular feedback or annual reviews means there's little direct acknowledgment of one's hard work. It's notable that salary increments appear to be uniform, regardless of individual performance levels. However, on the bright side, the camaraderie among co-workers is commendable, and the job benefits are fairly good.
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What is the best part of working at the company?The benefits are awesome and the hours are great!What is the most stressful part about working at the company?There are some mean girls masquerading as middle aged women who make things miserable. Management is awesome and there are some incredible people who work there. The overall atmosphere takes away from the positives. What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Sometimes it’s fun and being a team can be great. In general the toxicity isn’t worth it. What is a typical day like for you at the company?One week you travel for surveys. The next week is in the office. Usually another survey begins the last two weeks.
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Flexible and Supportive

I have really loved working for the Department of Natural Resources. The Leadership is supportive and the hybrid schedule is amazing. The benefits are excellent for a family, the pay could be better though.
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Good benefits decent coworkers lots of stress.

I’ve worked for the State of Nebraska for over 3 years in different roles. There have been some very amazing people I’ve met and some that made me want to walk out of my job (mostly clients). The benefits are very good but wages do not go up very fast. Retirement is also very nice if you can work for 3 years and get vested.
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Not a good place to work when I did always short staffed and over worked . No work life balance. 12 hour shifts 6 some times 7 days aweek. Lot if times there's only 1 guard on at a time . The pay wasent good for as much as was required of you. And only seeing your family 6 hours a week isn't ideal


Eventually you get to go home


Under staffed low pay
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It's slightly better than average- esp compared to retail and restaurant jobs

What is the best part of working at the company? The benefits are good, no weekends early mornings or late nightsWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?The organization always being reactive and never proactive. Top down, out of date management culture- you're always being told you aren't doing enoughWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Stressful. Just stressful. Every day brings some new problem, but since it is so chaotic it is easy to just power through the day because it is hard to hold anyone truly accountableWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Tiring. My brain is definitely tired at the end of the day
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It is a decent starting point but not what you think it will be…unless you think it will be terrible. Then you’d be correct.

What is the best part of working at the company?Incredibly terrible work and life balance. Cliques between staff and supervisors are awful. Work on call way more than you want to. Pay is low for the amount of work. ProsGreat benefits and retirement.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Everything. You get overloaded with cases because they can’t keep employees- retention of employees is non existence What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Work hours are so stressful due to amount of cases and workload that everyone is always so negative and stressed.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Overloaded with emails, paperwork, people ringing your phone off the hook, and more documentation.
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Good; but limited growth

Good to gain experience, but limited in how far up the ladder you can go based on degrees. Favoritism seems to be a thing. Pay is meh, but benefits are nice
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Great Benefits, Lot of Red Tape

Worked at the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects for four years and that was a great department (seven people). Working for the state as a whole, you get great retirement and insurance but if you want fair raises every few years, you are going to need to job hop because it is near impossible to get a raise otherwise (hence why I left my position.) Also, the red tape sucks for every little thing but that is kind of too be expected with state. Do NOT submit suggestions to the state system under the guise you will get paid for them. They take the suggestions and totally do not give you credit or pay, which is more infuriating than never making the suggestion.
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Rather boring and tedious work.

I did data support/ cleansing for Covid records before being sent to CDC. There seemed to be an emergency that never really existed. I was a temporary worker with 6-12 contracts. Poor communication when contracts were actually ending or new rules being implemented


Hours were flexible


Tedious & boring. Repetitive. Bothers the eyes
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Good Experience

I enjoy my co workers and supervisor. Dealing with providers can get frustrating as it’s seems like a broken record dealing with the same issues. I would like the upper management come check out the providers more often so they can experience the frustrations that service coordinators have on a daily basis.
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Great atmosphere and benefits

I’ve really enjoyed working for the state. Your experience can vary greatly depending on which agency you are in, but my current director is a big advocate of mental health and teamwork all around. Benefits are great and management is very supportive of continuing education and training/travel opportunities.
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The State has great benefits but the pay isn't great

What is the best part of working at the company?The flexibility of hours and no weekends.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?The supervisors and upper managementWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?It was great during covid since we worked from homeWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Very busy and don't think you can ever get completely caught up.
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I was an incarcerated individual.

I cannot provide an accurate opinion of the work culture for officers. As an inmate worker, I often felt exploited and underpaid. The treatment of inmate workers was lacking and little direction was given.


You work and gain experience.


State-pay is extremely low.
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Worst job I've ever held.

What is the best part of working at the company?Colleagues that are dedicated What is the most stressful part about working at the company?The leadership especially at the DD Director level. What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Culture is toxic in DHHS, from the top down. While they advertise flexibility, the policy leaves it up to each divisin director, and some directors have more positive leadership skills than others. Some, like in DD, micromanage and refuse to allow any flexibility. Although HR is aware of it, they are involved in to toxic culture and therefore contribute to it. What is a typical day like for you at the company?Tyoical day is to be micromanaged, second guessed and critiqued unmercifully, especially if you are attemtpting to bring forward thinking ideas. DHHS is completely resistant to change pr being person-centered.
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It was important just to be productive in the environment I was in.

This job was a prison porter position that made it easy for me to get experience in sanitation and cleaning. A typical day at work would be me cleaning a certain area in the housing unit using the requisite chemicals and cleaning utensils. I also worked as a laundry porter, where I operated an industrial washer and dryer to clean resident clothing, bedding, and other linens according to strict state standards.


Quickly and easily done


Couldn't thrive for the position with the low pay that was a consequence of being a prisoner.
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Secure job, lots of bureaucracy, some unmotivated employees.

Secure job with good benefits, lots of bureaucracy, some unmotivated employees. Otherwise a decent place to work, saw lots of people advance to higher paying positions.
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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.4 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.1 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.0 out of 5 stars for Management
3.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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