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What is the work environment and culture like at State of Washington?

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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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At WA OSPI the break-neck pace is an expectation no matter what your job title is. Certain workgroups get to do whatever they want, others are held back and can't advance their work. Employee morale is low because of backbiting, intimidation, and bullying within the agency and nobody does anything about it. The backstabbing of some people high up in the org works like a deadly poison on employees that weakens and undermines morale. There is no space for genuineness because everyone has a secret agenda which they pursue at your expense. Secret conversations everywhere. Forget about doing your job. Just watch your back.

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Co-workers are amazing and talented. Management and supervision on the other hand is not supportive and there is little mentoring.

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You will never feel valued, it's all a numbers game, statistics matter more than the vulnerable poplulations you are hired to serve. The expectations are over the top, unpaid overtime is expected. You are expected to do a job without the proper tools to actually do it. Depending on who the management team is you may be asked to lie and when you refuse your job will be threatened or you will be tourmented just enough that there is only one choice... to quit...

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An environment of fear. They like to keep you under their thumb and guessing if you are doing your job right.

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Horrible..all chiefs treat staff like scum.

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It depends on the agency you work for. Office environments are business casual for the most part. But the culture varies depending on the office location and clients served.

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Casual and laid back

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