Originally Posted by MrG
Speaking on behalf of government employees everywhere, I would like to formally thank you for perpetuating a bunch of BS stereotypes about the sector.
MrG is right about layoffs. Even big states with robust public sectors are laying off workers. But the fact remains that civil service positions are by and large very secure. Once you're in, you're in, especially in states where there are public sector unions. Unless you're in a political job (read: slavery
), the hours are great. For example, my friend works for the NYS Dept. of Health and is there 8:30 to 4:30 every day, without fail. Regular hours like that really give you freedom in planning your "extracurricular" activities.
The bennies are fantastic. I don't make a lot of money but my health insurance plan is incredible, and I have free dental and vision. People aren't joking when they call gov't benefits "gold-plated" (this is particularly true at the state and local level).
And, of course, there's the time off. I just took a three day weekend, and next weekend will be a four-day. Already have a week off in July and I'll probably take another week in August. Can't beat that with a stick.