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Unfortunately its still a good o' boys environment. There's been several incidents where the previous employee in my position was doing things a certain way; but it's not ok when I do the same things in the same way. More about putting Band-Aids on things than having them fixed right which is a security issue. Ability to get more training is constantly turned down.

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10-12 M-F but also usually worked part of Sat or Sun off the clock (no overtime). The workload at WA OSPI requires the hours just to keep up - not to get ahead - just to stay current. If working long hours is not in your DNA, or if you are married, or have children, or in a relationship, or have elderly parents to care for, skip the OSPI state agency.

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Depending on the position, this could be a panel interview with a series of questions and timed responses. Be sure to ask about many people have held the position before you, how long did they stay, and how long has the position been vacant. Due to the high turnover in some state agencies, you will want to know this information before you accept employment. It should give you an idea of the stability of the agency and help you to make an informed decision.

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Initially working for free and then getting paid retroactively.

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Retirement pension plan. Flexible spending account, dental benefits, tuition free college benefit.

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It depends on who I'm talking to. People outside the world of public education don't have any ideas about OSPI, but I hesitate to tell district and school personnel that I work there. Our agency is regarded as sneaky and underhanded, untruthful, and out of touch. I usually avoid the question when I can.

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To become a licensed Real Estate Agent, there are specific schooling and licensing requirements.

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Ive worked at two different state jobs and neither drug tested. One of those jobs was for direct caregiver

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Full-time permanent status State of WA employees vest after 5 years of State employment. More information can be found at this website: http://www.drs.wa.gov/

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