State of Arizona Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. Ok

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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

    Pros

    Good benefits, laid back, lots of different areas to work in, some departments are run very well, benefits are worthwhile if you stay for most of your career

    Cons

    Low pay, no raises, top heavy with true benefits given to directors only, excessive workload, little support, lack of direction, too many political favors, dealing with unhappy public

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees more, distribute workload evenly, be more efficient, hire capable employees, make directors accountable for their departments, pay a living wage, increase pay at the rate on increased cost of living

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. Not Going Anywhere

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    Former Employee - Child Support Enforcement Officer II in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Child Support Enforcement Officer II in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Job stability, excellent benefits, flexible schedule with weekends and holidays off plus a fast accrual of paid time off.

    Cons

    Extremely high work load, few/no promotional opportunities, archaic and cumbersome procedures, low salary with no raises in many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on better, more efficient communication between everyone, especially between supervisors and their team members. Be decisive, don't procrastinate just because you don't have an answer, and if you make a mistake, be willing to admit and learn from it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Great opportunity

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    Current Employee - Group Leader in Arizona State University, AZ
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Arizona State University, AZ

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

    Pros

    Was able to gain great experience working with patients with active psychosis. Open minded leadership if you had initiative and could implement change. Patients were great, had freedom to work on group programming suitable to the population I serviced.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability. Cliques could destroy team dynamics on units. Nurses and techs worked poorly together at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to promote hardworking individuals who persevere and can implement change!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Shrinking budgets

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Arizona

    Pros

    A Good work life balance

    Cons

    Shrinking budgets, possible layoffs, poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much can be done by management as erratic funding priorities from the state legislature create an unstable work environment and high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    State of Arizona

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Arizona

    Pros

    AWESOME benefits
    Most government employees are very hard workers

    Cons

    Political "nepotism" is alive and well
    Leadership hold all the cards (allowed to lie and manipulate)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even though Governor Brewer's Personnel reform is highly successful in many areas, it has opened the door to many more abusive practices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Must be analytical thinker have strong organizational skills.

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    Former Employee - CSE OFFICER II in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - CSE OFFICER II in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Up until recently great medical package. Retired

    Cons

    Really don't care to elaborate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication, better organizational skills, think a project through it's entirety before implementing new policies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Worked here 13 years

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    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist IIIIII in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist IIIIII in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability. Job security. Provided training. Retirement System. Good work life balance. Good teamwork. Socially conscious work. Helping people of Arizona.

    Cons

    Low salaries. No promotion. After 2012 job security gone. Pay raise insignificant and eliminated by increased contributions to retirement system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Program Services Evaluator II

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    Current Employee - Program Services Evaulator in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Services Evaulator in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Working for Family Assistance Administration is very rewarding. The benefits are also great

    Cons

    Upper management gets away with unethical behaviors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Family Assistance Administration Management needs to look at themselves, their behaviors and how they treat their staff. The money already isn't that great. Add on top of that crappy management and staff will continue to drop like flies and move on to other positions or companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Juvenile Corrections

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Arizona

    Pros

    The best reason to work at ADJC has got to be helping the youth. If that is not your number 1 reason to want to work for them, then this is not the job for you. Job security, excellent benefits, a 20 year retirement plan, above average pay and it is very easy to promote once you are in.

    Cons

    The politics of working for the state such as; things change under different governors and officials. Internal investigations polices employees although they would like you to believe they are policing the youth. Constant stress of dealing with difficult youth combined with some bad management (not all). Also: keep in mind that not everyone is there for the right reasons, and security is sometimes on a different page than unit staff which causes conflict when dealing with the youth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To unit managers: Get on the same page as your employees and spend more time on the units as opposed to being in administration procrastinating with upper management.

    To administrators: remember what it was like to be a lower level staff, and never forget that they are the people who hold everything together.

  11. Varies depending on branch of government

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers, if your building has a cafeteria in it good food as well at reasonable rates

    Cons

    IT Management doesn't understand basic IT concepts, but if it works others don't care how ugly systems are behind the curtain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote standards, statewide software licensing, auditing BEFORE security issues arise.

    Neutral Outlook

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