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More work than pay.
CSR/Driver Examiner/Title Clerk (Current Employee) –  Williamson, WVJuly 15, 2018
Many of the people that come into the DMV are defensive, whether they have a reason or not. A big part of my job is to turn that attitude about the DMV into a positive encounter. I have been doing that successively (for the most part, some people will NEVER be satisfied completely) for almost 16 years.
Pros
9-5, weekends off.
Cons
A lot of mental stress at times.
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3.0
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Great co-workers, poor pay.
SECRETARY II (Current Employee) –  Charleston, WVJune 15, 2018
After learning the state systems, the job is still a little challenging but can easily become monotonous. The people I work with are dedicated and knowledgeable. The hardest part of the job is getting accustomed to the pay. The most enjoyable part of the job would be the co-workers, with a few exceptions (as with any employer).
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1.0
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Move on to a better job
Inspector (Current Employee) –  WVJune 13, 2018
The upper management are spineless and will not back up their employees needs. Politics drives the whole train, so if your job is dependent on anything the lawmakers do, move on. Do not waste your time. Management will do ruthless things to protect the jobs of their friends or themselves, and the citizens of WV do not matter.
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None
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3.0
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Liked the people I worked with
Director of Data Systems (Current Employee) –  Charleston, WVMay 25, 2018
Very little, if any, chance for advancement. State is renowned for low wages and benefits are being reduced. The most enjoyable part of the job is interacting with fellow staff.
Pros
Relative autonomy
Cons
Low pay
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4.0
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great work environment
Director of Social Services (Former Employee) –  Charleston, WVMay 25, 2018
perfect environment that allows you to get out of it what you are wiling to put into it. Freedom to work on your strengths and plenty of support available
Pros
flex time
Cons
salary
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5.0
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tough
Building Maintenance Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Parkersburg, WVApril 23, 2018
if the right people were in the right job, it could work smoothly. Hardest part of the job was trying to do what an unskilled person tried to get you to do .
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4.0
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Great co workers
Child Protection Social Worker (Current Employee) –  West VirginiaMarch 2, 2018
Great employees at this job they are like a family. High stress and quick burnout. I balance between work and Home. Heavy paperwork and not enough time to complete it for all your cases. It’s easy to be swamped and feel overwhelmed. No enough support staff to manage the enormous amount of paperwork and computer entry that is required daily.
Pros
Great place to work and you will never run out of work.
Cons
No balance between work and Home. Overtime and burden of workloads. High turn over in the department
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5.0
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great job]
Office Assistant 2 (Former Employee) –  Charleston, WVFebruary 22, 2018
awsome
job loved it i grow as a worker and always trained others life long frieds and ill never for get the people and money i made i would refer a friend
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Very Poor Management Led to Domino Effect
Hard Worker Who Got Crapped on (Former Employee) –  Charleston, WVFebruary 19, 2018
A typical day at work consisted of me doing everything thrown at me while others either took off, "worked from home" or were present, but didn't help much at all. I learned a lot in my time at the agency. I learned that no matter what happens, trust no one; including and especially management. The culture was laid back, had no structure, no motivation to improve processes of any kind, lack of communication, no training at all and it was every person for themselves. The hardest part of the job was trying to protect your work from being stolen by others and constantly fighting for what was right when the fight wasn't worth it. The most enjoyable of the job was teaching myself how to survive and eventually, walk away.
Cons
Management given role without the necessary skillset, Lack of communication, It's all who you know
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2.0
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Long hours little pay
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) –  BarbousvilleJanuary 27, 2018
Long hours with low pay. Poor management. Great benefits would work 80 hours a week. Staffing issues on all shifts. Very low pay for the kind of work performed
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4.0
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Slow to hire and to make change
Program Manager I (Current Employee) –  Charleston, WVJanuary 20, 2018
The hiring and advancement is slow. Many people have been in the same position for many years with no change. Change is difficult to make happen as the many people are protective of the knowledge they have and are very slow to share.
Pros
Management
Cons
Lack of hange
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4.0
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Good Job
Out stationed Economic Service Worker (Current Employee) –  Charleston, WVJanuary 18, 2018
Process Medicaid applications, SNAP and Long Term Care. Send out letters for verification. Verify Income and assets on cases. Check to make sure that they are who they say they are.
Pros
Time off and Holidays
Cons
Pay and Benefits
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2.0
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normal day
Financial Reporting Specialist I (Former Employee) –  Charleston, WVJanuary 8, 2018
show up at work, manager comes in about 10am and drops more work off that is hers and now she has passed it to you. go to lunch and come back about 30 minutes late because you don't care. Then you stare at the computer screen until 5pm and time for you to leave. not a great place to work and stressful. not worth it.
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4.0
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Good job and benefits
Paralegal (Former Employee) –  Wayne County, WVDecember 27, 2017
Working for the State is a great opportunity. The pay is not competitive to other state jobs or in private sector. Can advance to higher positions or opportunity in other fields.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Pay is not competitive as other states
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4.0
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Stable employment
Economic Service Worker (Current Employee) –  Ripley, WVNovember 26, 2017
Dealing with clients applying for state and federal benefits
processing paperwork and application
get all federal and state holidays and weekend off
Pros
Stable employment with competitive benefits package
Cons
slow process for advancement
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2.0
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Management sucks, benefits are great, pay IS LAUGHABLE
Transportation Engineering Technician (Former Employee) –  Parkersburg, WVOctober 31, 2017
While I enjoyed my time at the DOH, I went through 7 supervisors in 8.5 years. Management really drags the place down and morale is garbage with no real incentive to work any harder than to just keep your job. Everyone just passes the buck along to the next person. Great job to gain experience though and to use as a stepping stone to a brighter future.
Pros
Paid Holidays/leave
Cons
Did I mention management blows and pay sucks?
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3.0
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Hard Work
Correctional Officer II (Former Employee) –  Julian, WVOctober 8, 2017
Corrections is not a place for the weak. Hardest part of the job is the time on the clock. The people you work with will make the job a better place and make it hard to leave.
Pros
Time off
Cons
Long work hours
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Horrible Management, long work hours, horrible pay
Correctional Officer II (Current Employee) –  Parkersburg, WVOctober 1, 2017
If you are wanting a job that has long work hours and poor management with next to nothing pay for the type of work you do the this is the job for you. I work where the management gets involved with all the staff drama and plays favorites at work. The management also micro manages everything you do. Most of the co-workers will back stab you every chance they get. The state is doing what they typically do put band aids on the problems that need fixed until it gets to the point where it has to be addressed and then fixed.
Pros
Decent benefits
Cons
Low pay, Horrible management, Micromanagement
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3.0
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Great work environment, low salary
Office Assistant III (Current Employee) –  May, WVSeptember 18, 2017
Although working for the State has many benefits, the salaries are too low. For me, a 45 mile drive one way was just not worth the time and I was actually not making any money after gas. Other than that, my job was wonderful.
Pros
Health Insurance, 401 K, Paid time off
Cons
Low Salary for the work
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4.0
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A business of child support
Child Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Charles Town, WVSeptember 17, 2017
This is a business of various things every day. Nothing is ever the same. You have to do with research, dealing with clients in person or on the telephone. Keep cases up to date as well as prepare cases for court proceedings.
Pros
Never the same every day
Cons
No room for advancement as well as real low pay
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