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State of Arizona Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
14 Reviews
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Pros
  • They have a good benefits and retirement programs (in 13 reviews)

  • Low Supervision Great benefits low experience (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, not much opportunity for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper Management is quite clueless to the real needs of IT (in 2 reviews)

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    Long hours for low pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Child Safety Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Child Safety Specialist in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at State of Arizona

    Pros

    Helping families and children in difficult situations

    Cons

    Long hours and unrealistic case loads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise pay and hire more Case managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weak management and incomprehensible decisions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Work / life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    While the budget is always a problem in Arizona and there NEVER are raises, it is hard to understand why management doesn't fill federally-funded positions. The grants have been approved and the money is accessible, but because the State promotes weak managers (possibly reward for not getting a raise but being long-term employees) the business case to fill the open positions is not moved forward with top management and HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually post positions and interview both internal and external candidates. Promote based on abilities, not as a reward for being a long-term employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Liked my job, not management

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to do what I enjoy as a QA Analyst in an IT department for the State of Arizona. I conducted backend testing, using SQL code, of claims transactions sent to a government agency for reimbursement of services provided for clients. I had a chance to grow my skills and abilities and became the Senior QA Analyst for my unit.

    Cons

    The management were bullies from the top down. The Senior Management was horrible. It's a shame when your employees are glad that you are out of the office for an extended period of time. I dealt with it as long as I could before I finally left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why are government managers so lacking in the ability to manage. They need to learn to value and respect the people they manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Child Protective Service

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    Former Employee - Case Manager
    Former Employee - Case Manager

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It is rewarding to know you have rescued a child from a dangerous environment. Working with the children is a wonderful experience.

    Cons

    Horrible things happen to children, that is the worst part about being a CPS case manager. Next to that, the hardest thing is having to work along side people who are on a power trip and judge people as if they were God himself. They love lording their power over these helpless parents, and document all their encounters from the perspective that any child they remove from any home for any reason should never have to return. It is so sad, because most of the time, the kids only want their parents back, and the parents only want their kids back, but the process is so demanding and difficult that people lose hope, and despair takes over, and hopeless, desperate people are more likely to do drugs and other things that got their children removed in the first place. Instead of all parties working toward the goal of reconciliation, many times the result, which could have been as simple as education, results in a full-blown tragedy, Everyone deceives everyone - parents try to deceive CPS and CPS reciprocates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't stoop to the level of your clients. It is understood that parents with problems severe enough to bring harm to their children are going to be deceptive and rude, but when a professional social worker responds with the same behavior, chaos ensues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unfortunately the image of a state run agency is correct. DES might be the next CPS

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    • 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 (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was ok.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Arizona

    Pros

    A lot of good people their

    Cons

    Too many rule folleres every one CYA's all the time out of fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No ambition? This is the place for you

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Auditor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Won't get fired even if you're a drunk. Great if you have no ambition or are a drunk.

    Cons

    Low pay, not much opportunity for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Its the Government

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Accountant in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time (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  

    Short term

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Arizona

    Pros

    Low Supervision Great benefits low experience

    Cons

    Incompetent Supervision no training inconsistent

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dead end

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Services in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Human Services in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Paid holidays, vacation and sick days. Ability to telecommute. Access to state vehicle.

    Cons

    Low pay & morale. No incentive to perform as there is no possibility of a pay raise. Your pay is decided by the state legislature, not by your performance review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-classify case manager positions to a higher pay scale. Reward good employees and use corrective action with poor employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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