Laborer (Current Employee) – Woodburn, OR and Florence, OR – July 18, 2018
Working for the State of Oregon was an eye opening experience. There were both good and bad time but overall it was a negative experience. The lack of clarification in the job led to an array of problems.
Human Services Specialist 1 (Former Employee) – Eugene, OR – July 20, 2018
For around a year I was a front desk staff person with the self sufficiency (food stamps) department. I would often balance between greeting clients, answering phones, and assisting with appointment scheduling. The fixed hours were great being able to know my schedule and plan personal things accordingly, knowing I would NEVER be called in after hours or early. The hardest parts of the job would definitely be angry clients which is at best emotionally strenuous. The most enjoyable part is being part of such an effective team and being able to help my community.
I worked as a maintenance/ custodian. I would open the building, and start work at 7am. I was considered the (in house custodian) There were two other custodians that worked a night shift. But they worked for a cleaning service that was contracted with Oregon Institute Of Technology. I often set up classrooms, cleaned labs/ restrooms/ kitchen and generally took care of the facility.
Service Solutions Manager – Principal Management (Former Employee) – Salem, OR – June 25, 2018
Not expected to typically work beyond ~40 hours a week and provides good vacation hours. The fundamental problem with government in general is that you can only do what's allowed in the law (vs a private sector can do anything that's not against the law); there's no competition. The legislative branch can also be a challenge to sometimes educate.
Maintenance/Yard Crew (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – June 23, 2018
They kept us busy at all types of different jobs including janitorial, and landscaping. There were just the two of us working no together and although it was vertically no pay I learned a lot of different skills that I wouldn’t have at some other job
Compliance Specialist 2 (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – June 17, 2018
A typical day at work was traveling to inspection appointments throughout the tri county area and sometimes to the coast. I conducted inspections, enforced rule and laws in child care settings and conducted complaint investigations.
I learned to deal with the public in hostile situations and to work with those struggeling to meet state standards.
Workplace culture varied by the support of your manager. At times it was wonderful and other times very little support was granted.
The hardest part of the job was enforcing regulation and not being supported by the management team.
The most enjoyable was to see happy healthy children engage in an uplifting program and seeing the results.
Program Support Specialist DAS (Former Employee) – Salem, OR – June 13, 2018
The state of oregon was a great place to work. Situated on beautiful grounds in down town salem. Very structured. Fair employment. If only my life was more in order at the time i worked there I would probably still be there.
Mental Health Therapy Technician (Former Employee) – Eugene, OR – June 10, 2018
My entire journey with the State of Oregon was full of bullies and harassment. I was retaliated against for reporting such matters. My whole life was changed and ruined because of the lack of integrity and the abuse they allowed me to go through. They don’t reprimand employees; it was like being in a school yard with bullies threatening, making fun of me, talking about race, etc, the list goes on. The DAS and DOJ have integrity, however at a lower level, the State of Oregon has a lot of issues.
Seasonal Business Employment Specialist I (Former Employee) – Beaverton, OR – May 15, 2018
Great leadership in UI Claims. Growing to meet demand of the working culture in the contact center. Multiple job types available and a truly collaborative environment. I look forward to becoming a permanent/full time employee in the future.
Like my coworkers, they offered helpful suggestions but managers were more interested in quantity than quality of my call production
Public Service Representative 3 (Former Employee) – Salem, OR – May 1, 2018
Training was adequate but call volumes and work processes of mentors did not match the work expectations of my call center position which was expected to be more concise and higher in call volume. Very little input from managers if job productivity was below expected standards, just advised to work faster.
Information Systems Specialist 3 (Current Employee) – Salem, OR – April 26, 2018
Public service carries a certain reputation for bureaucracy and useless busy work, but that was not my experience working in the Service Desk for Oregon Health Authority. I found a welcoming group of warm individuals who are passionate about assisting our customers (fellow state employees) in helping the citizens of Oregon. The work schedule was predictable, but each day was different; every service call presents a different problem to solve. Our managers were both competent and willing to accommodate different work styles. The benefits are good, and the pay is sufficient (not great). I can't speak for other departments around the agency or state, but this one was very pleasant.
Predictable schedule, good benefits and job security, strong union representation
Compensation could be better, strong union representation
Home Care Worker (Current Employee) – Eugene, OR – April 18, 2018
I am not technically considered a state employee as I am a home care worker. I do not care for this work but it is something I do well and it is always available. The least enjoyable part of my job is that there is no guidance. You are on your own to figure it out. Luckily, I have common sense and gumption. Thanks to the union the job pays well and offers good benefits. The classes offered by the Oregon Home Care Commission are very helpful as well.
Intern (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – April 2, 2018
To many people and not enough honest work to keep them busy. They have entirely to much time on their hands and so gossip is a huge part of their day. They all resemble the high school "mean girls". They are not to be trusted !