Working for the state is a working in a bureaucratic environment with a top down mentality. In order to advance, you need to leave your current position and change jobs. THere are seldom any raises.
If you do not have a good supervisor, your life can be bad. Nepotism and favoritism run rampant. Getting another job can be difficult as they usually hire from within. It is a numbers game, you have to keep app;lying to as many jobs as possible in order to find that 1 really open job, as they hire from within most of the time. However, the benefits cannot be bet and if you can last 20-25 years in the system -- they do have an excellent pension plan. Health insurance benefits are great as well.