Information Security Analyst (Current Employee) - Nashville, TN - November 15, 2019
Nothing, especially in the world of IT happens with any speed in State Government. There are too many single points of failure and many long-timers are not willing to try to advance their position. A lot of people spend way too much time working to avoid work. Finally, there is a culture of too much management overhead, lack of decision-making by all these managers, meetings for the sake of having a meeting, and no communication downward from 'management'. We have no idea what is going on.
Start work and I worked with child support payments ie refunds, adjustments when needed. Also I was responsible for attending and representing the department in Child support appeals. I worked in the office 2 days and at home for 3 days.
Parole Officer (Current Employee) - Jackson, TN - October 25, 2019
Working for the state is a good opportunity to start a career. You will learn a lot in a short amount of time but it is rewarding. At times it can seem overwhelming but you will adjust to the work environment.
Working for the State of Tennessee, you have a really nice work/life balance... in my current positions the work that you do does not come home with you. You do not feel like you need to stress about finishing it up. Each day is a new and different challenge.
Production should not be the primary focus when you are trying to help an individual better themselves, family as well as life. Some supervisors can be hard and try to make things hard for you based on how they see you.
Child Support Enforcement Specialist (Current Employee) - Nashville, TN - October 9, 2019
A work day would be extremely busy or extremely slow. I learned that working for a government entity is entirely different than working for a corporation. The workplace culture is a bit biased. The most enjoyable part of the job is the fact that I like structure in my life and working gives me that structure.
The department that I worked for was very rewarding. It catered to part of the population that doesn't have a voice.
DCS Case Manager (Current Employee) - Tennessee - October 8, 2019
There is not a typical work day. One day you can be in court hearings, the next day you are transporting children by yourself 8 hours away. (Hotel is not provided and you are expected to return to your home office immediately after reaching your destination.) You will be expected to answer phone calls from supervisors after-hours (even when you are not on-call). You will be liable to know all of the polices and procedures, but you will not be able to find the time to review the daily policy update emails. If a mistake is made by *anyone* in the department, and the judge discovers it, then it falls on you. You must sit there and take the reprimand for the department, even if you were not involved with what occurred. Many co-workers eat lunch while working because they will fall behind otherwise. Staff members are resigning weekly, so their caseloads are being transferred to the remaining staff. It's a vicious cycle. It is a great resume builder, however there are positions with less liability and similar pay.
The department does not conduct a drug screen on any DCS employee at any time (pre-employment nor random), which is a safety concern.
Great resume builder
Limited time given for employees to practice self-care, personal safety concerns (Unable to carry mace, any kind of weapon, even in your vehicle. Cell phone signal is not always available.), employees do not have to complete a drug screen at any time, liability.
IDD Program Specialist 3 (Former Employee) - Nashville, TN - September 30, 2019
I liked the job and doing what I did serving individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities. I enjoyed making a difference in people’s lives and seeing them do things that they never thought they would be able to do.
Through my 3 years working for the state, I was able to grow to an ASA 2 from an Admin Sec which was nice. Most departments were really helpful and a pleasure to work for, despite a few rough folks here and there. My previous manager was nice to my face then I learned she was a negative reference to potential employers which prevented me from getting jobs. Nothing negative is in my personnel file and even DOHR was stunned of her actions. It's just sad that people who don't do their jobs or manage poorly are able to keep their jobs due to office politics, which I saw in each department I worked for.
Can be enjoyable at times but also dangerous at times.
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent (Current Employee) - Somerville, TN - September 23, 2019
Being a traveling notary signing agent is all together fun. The not so fun part is, it is getting more dangerous out here in the world. Meeting locations should be made in the public not in the home. I've learned so much about real estate, a other documentations and I really enjoy notarizing and meeting and talking to new people, but going into their homes is the fear of the job.
Good job for a while. Agency says they want employees happy, but act otherwise. Had a few differences of opinion with two directors.
Agency was called out by local media for improper benefits. Replacement employee receives kinder treatment. Glad I returned to private work.