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State of Montana Reviews

Updated 11 October 2017
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State of Montana Governer Steve Bullock
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Pros
  • Great benefits, good work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Good pay, good benefits, good schedule (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, but Montana is nearly lowest in pay in the nation across the board (in 3 reviews)

  • The watchword for those moving to Montana is "expect less pay (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "DOJ"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Helena, MT (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Helena, MT (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Montana full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, smart people, pleasant work space.

    Cons

    Budget cuts and RIFs possible based on state budget cuts

    Advice to Management

    Communicate early and often with your employees


  2. "State of Montana"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - License/Permit Tech in Helena, MT (US)
    Current Employee - License/Permit Tech in Helena, MT (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Montana full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hours, coworkers, pay and benefits!

    Cons

    Politics can get in the way of doing your job well.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  3. "Unprofessional and Rude Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Helena, MT (US)
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Helena, MT (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State of Montana full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people that do the day to day work are wonderful!

    Cons

    The management is completely rude , does not give one whit about the employees even yell in people's faces.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat people with respect.


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  5. "Good Work/Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Helena, MT (US)
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Helena, MT (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of Montana full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good PTO/Sick Leave. Decent health benefits (the benefits have decreased greatly over the last 15 years). Wonderful work/life balance.

    Cons

    Nepotism in government form. Too many staff have been there for too long.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring/recruiting talented, experienced and educated individuals for high level positions, not just those that have worked for the state for the last 20 years. Talented workforce are left to pursue advancement with other organizations or even out of state because the system is overran with internal promotions that often lead to poor outcomes for the tax payors.


  6. "if you are looking for a supportive, family oriented workplace-this is not it"

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    Current Employee - CSC Office of Public Assitance in Bozeman, MT (US)
    Current Employee - CSC Office of Public Assitance in Bozeman, MT (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at State of Montana full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work for the state of montana

    Cons

    the supervising staff is not supportive, they do not ever reward your positive accomplishments only when they assume you have done something wrong. So many people get so excited about this job, because the job itself and the clients are great, but the supervising staff is terrible. Many of the existing staff are very eager to get out, the turn over rate is extremely high.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Public Assistance Office"

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    Current Employee - Social Services Eligibility Coordinator in Billings, MT (US)
    Current Employee - Social Services Eligibility Coordinator in Billings, MT (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at State of Montana full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, direct supervisors were knowledgeable and supportive.

    Cons

    Stressful working conditions. Upper management do not take front line staff advice or input.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your front-line workers, treat them with respect. And hire more workers to process benefits rather than middle and upper management.


  8. "Mixed opinions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State of Montana full-time

    Pros

    Lower level of management is great. work- life balance is also great , job security.

    Cons

    Management agenda is completely partisan, changing with each election.
    Management will "roll their eyes" at meetings when suggestions are made that don't align with their agenda. (Really. I've seen it with my own eyes!)
    Any complaints or suggestions to management will fall on deaf ears.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee's input, they are every day in the field and know their jobs much more then those sitting behind desks legislating. Support, recognize and reward employees. The state invests so much money in training new employees who eventually will burn out within 6 months of starting the job and leave. Why not invest in job retention? It's much cheaper in the long run.


  9. "Facility Reimbursement Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facility Reimbursement Manager in Helena, MT (US)
    Current Employee - Facility Reimbursement Manager in Helena, MT (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at State of Montana full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work stability, working for a cause

    Cons

    legislature, budget shortfalls, advancement is difficult without a degree in some circumstances.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and honest with your employees


  10. "Staff Attorney at Montana Fair Housing"

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    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Missoula, MT (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Missoula, MT (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at State of Montana part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Waving the sword of justice around and getting results

    Cons

    I was working against an entrenched political system that meant winning became elusive.

    Advice to Management

    Anticipate the political consequences of actions before they are taken


  11. "Great Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at State of Montana full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Can sometimes be slow going


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