State of Arizona Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
56 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a good benefits and retirement programs (in 11 reviews)

  • In the past the benefits and retirement plan were great (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • No incentive to perform as there is no possibility of a pay raise (in 2 reviews)

  • The salary level is not always competitive with the private sector or other government units (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Eligibility Interviewer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PSI Eligibility Interviewer  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - PSI Eligibility Interviewer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some of the bosses are fantastic, hard-working individuals who genuinely care to see you succeed. They offer retirement, health insurance, dental insurance, as well as life insurance. They offer training. My coworkers are hard-working and easy to get along with. It is a rather large facility, and everyone appears to be professional and get along well.

    Cons

    One of the bosses is a bully boss and she gets away with it. The pay is low. The training does not cover very much on what we go through once we hit the floor. They change their minds all the time on how they want their work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management-stop treating your staff like they are children. Appreciate all of your staff instead of just a select few. Do not be condescending toward staff. Pay the staff! You like the staff to offer donations to causes, but you don't pay the staff enough to live on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Unfortunately the image of a state run agency is correct. DES might be the next CPS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Interviewer  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Interviewer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great medical benefits, Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Outdated equipment, Union manager still run the offices and everyone is afraid of their own shadow. Pay is very low with little opportunity to increase it even with good to excellent reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop training for attrition, start retaining good quality employees, the people of Arizona deserve it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Records Coordinator

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Records Coordinator  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Records Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great co-workers, work is interesting in the interim while searching for a more challenging position.

    Cons

    Management creates "problems" to fix and then make position more difficult with changes they implement based on their own non-experience. Frustrating as the tools that work are taken away. Almost as if they are creating work for themselves in order to look busy.

    Salary is not competitive, there isn't any advancement and no incentives to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs training in order to understand the support staff positions.

    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Opportunity to make a difference

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Social Worker
    Current Employee - Medical Social Worker

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    job security, retirement benefits, good health insurance, Monday Holidays, ability to help people

    Cons

    stress, workload, not enough time to do the work, angry people, low salary, agency does always show how it values employees, high turnover

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    im working as a support coordintor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Coordintator  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Support Coordintator in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    more experience, they have very good benefit

    Cons

    consumer with disabilities. its a challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    State of Arizona

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Arizona

    Pros

    State government greatly impacts the quality of life in Arizona
    Good benefit plan

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, resources are not sufficient, training is non-existent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    DCSFS/CPS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ongoing Case Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Ongoing Case Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The schedule is flexible and co-workers are awesome. Insurance is also very good.

    Cons

    The hours, the emotional distress, the crying, being threatened by parents, having to essentially be on-call 24/7 and dropping things in your personal life if a crises pops up. Most everyone in this field is lazy and those that actually care about their job suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This whole system needs to be reworked and redone.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its the Government

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Accountant in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, Benefits, Benefits. The security and benefits are great. Working for the state is great for most people.

    Cons

    Large amount of stupid bureaucracy, closed doors, laziness. You are trapped and cannot make more money than you want. Your effort doesn't matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where to begin....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoy my job.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Staff Assistant  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Executive Staff Assistant in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I very much enjoy my job. The majority of my coworkers are enjoyable. The work is interesting. Advancement is encouraged. Training is available. The pay is competitive in most ways. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    There are done people who have had their jobs for a long time and do not perform. It is not often that people who underperform or who are no longer qualified for their work receive any sort of corrective action.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Personnel Are Viewed As Liabilities - Not Assets

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer - Health-Safety
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer - Health-Safety

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some positions pay a livable wage - - most do not and are 25-40% less than private sector position.

    Cons

    No promotional system.
    Favored few get pay raises while higher quality staff are discouraged to excel.
    Training only provided if federal government pays for it.
    Academic studies and hard data analysis are irrelevant. Only majority partisan views are valid - - forget the facts.
     Management does not like personnel that are smarter than them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    View and reward personnel as assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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