State jobs (I assume you mean as in one of the 50 states in the US) are stereotypically known for the following characteristics:
- 40 hour work week, firm (no on works overtime except in the most rare of circumstances, e.g. the president is coming to meet with the government who wants to show off his new pet project) - good benefits - difficult to be fired (can get away with little work) - can be frustrating to see co-workers do little work - pay significantly less than industry - plodding pace to projects - rarely on cutting edge - seemingly capricious budgets from year to year
Mark Herschberg, author of The Career Toolkit
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