State of Arizona Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
57 Reviews
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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.  

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

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    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    Outdated equipment, Union manager still run the offices and everyone is afraid of their own shadow.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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5. 1 person 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 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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Dead end

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    Current Employee - Human Services  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Human Services in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time for 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A nice safe job, with little advancement opportunities

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    Current Employee - Correctional Officer  in  Florence, AZ
    Current Employee - Correctional Officer in Florence, AZ

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, medically speaking anyway

    Cons

    No incentive to promote, which leave the organization with the worst employees promoting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and encourage them to be accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Frustrating: too much work, not enough bodies to do it.

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    Current Employee - CSEO II  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - CSEO II in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good benefit package, no overtime, many holidays off.

    Cons

    Systems are archaic and no money for upgrades.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    DVOP

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    Current Employee - DVOP  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - DVOP in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Assist Veterans overcome their barriers to employment and enable them to become job ready.

    Cons

    Inhibit employee from preforming stated mission by redefining mission statement which contradicts DOL directives .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make DOL directives required reading by all supervisory personnel instead of "this is the way we've always done it."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    DOA not a 5-star organization and CIO office is "Done Manifesto" passdown without resources

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist IV  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - IT Specialist IV in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Work your 40 hrs (and many people work less).
    Covered parking garage.
    You can truly make a difference and gain some autonomy if you work for a manager who is not a micro-manager and trusts you to be the competent professional you were hired to be. I find it stifling and micromanaged like hourly paid technicians and administrator people and not managed as a professional--except when somebody wants to pass the buck on why something is wrong and why it's not their fault. You get a lot of responsiblity in this case--but no other.

    Cons

    Contractors not utilized for skills and experience--depends on who you work for
    Rigid in work hours, expected to be 8-5 and a few special people in DOA get to work differently.
    In a normal environment, a CIO and Deputy CIO would not be hired without experience at that level
    it's about who you can please if you want to succeed, and if you are a peon or not a manager, good luck with getting any recognition. But people will be happy to take credit for your work and put their name on it after you do the most of it. This includes your direct managers. I find this environment unfriendly and oppressive.
    People do not cooperate with you do get the done. They come to work, keep their eyes and head down and don't even talk most of the time. They do not respond unless their manager tells them to publicly. Then good luck with actually getting that support. We have too many things going on with too few people and too many people who think they're in charge.
    Political agenda and I mean rampant behavior for self-protectionism in some managers that is for the good of the individual not the organization. Toxic people are allowed to stay and are rewarded.
    What we say the culture is--with those little email messages and awards events--it not what the embedded culture really is.
    Low pay compared to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent people and let them do their job. Most of all, take off the blinders for hierarchy--you have to butt-kiss to be seen and heard here--and there are many other performers besides the ones you call direct staff and let inside the power hierarchy. Everybody else is ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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