Arizona Department of Economic Security

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Arizona Department of Economic Security Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
27 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Economic Security full-time

    Pros

    Good pay
    Great benefits
    Opportunities to move around

    Cons

    Can be bureaucrat at times
    Those is finance enjoy the work, other departments may have different opinions

    Recommends
  2.  

    testing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Economic Security

    Pros

    you are allow to work on your own.

    Cons

    not challenging enough. Bad Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your worker.

  3.  

    Used to love it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Service Specialist CCA in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Human Service Specialist CCA in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Economic Security full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, hard working co-workers

    Cons

    Used to be one of the best agencies to work for, but upper management has changed and it is a terrible place to work.
    Moral is horrible!
    Pay is awful, thank you legislature for not having any raises since 2008, but still have to get "exceeding expectations" on annual reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers they know what they are talking about, they do the job every day. Making changes because you are trying to justify someones job at central office is frustrating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Stressful with low pay and good benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Economic Security

    Pros

    The benefits package offered to state employees is awesome! And the job itself leaves a lot of room for flexibility in scheduling

    Cons

    Very stressful, and not very much pay. Additionally, there are no raises offered to employees after the first two years of employment in the position. The only options for pay increase is to hope for promotion. Salary for supervisors is not very high and the job requires long hours and is high stress.

  6.  

    Disappointed

    Current Employee - Program Service Evaluator in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Service Evaluator in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Economic Security full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Mandatory to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System beginning 27 weeks after your hire date. Most beneficial if you were to stay employed with the state at least 10 years.
    Nice health insurance benefit options. Usually Monday through Friday work week. All major
    holidays paid. Generous sick and annual plan.

    Cons

    Very disappointed in the crash training. No on the job mentor as mentioned in training.
    FAA policy that changes daily, is at your fingertips but not always easy to put into practice.
    Pay freeze that sounds like it may never thaw out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure rules applied to PSE's also pertain to Supervisors and LOM's, such as use of cell
    phones at their desks and visitors. If there is time for these actions there should be time to
    assist the teams so everyone can feel confident in their work. A pat on the back once in a while can make anyone's day. Even just a warm smile now and then would help morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    It is a pleasure to serve the customers, but the power-hungry DTS (IT) organization makes it difficult to do so

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist III in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist III in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Arizona Department of Economic Security full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, time off, incredible programs for the public, great to go home every day knowing you did good for someone.

    Cons

    The IT organization known as DTS is power hungry and trying to run their own enterprise and it feels like big brother. They pretend to be customer oriented but make it near impossible for employees to do their job. They also are top-heavy and way overpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the top-heavy DTS staff, decentralize IT back to the divisions or outsource to ADOA. Give tuition assistance, provide more mental health activities during the day and promote wellness and health. Give more control over IT systems to the division programs and replace the DTS AD and the ITS V's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    First CPS, then VA now DES

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Economic Security

    Pros

    You get paid for doing nothing and covering things up!

    Cons

    personnel, management cover things up and look the other way! If you do your job and do it well you are frowned upon. There is also a group of individuals who will target you and make things very difficult for you! Especially in personnel they love to Sabattogge you in every way possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the words from Mr. Donald Trump "your all Fired"

  9.  

    Was a temporary employee for employment services

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

    I worked at Arizona Department of Economic Security

    Pros

    The people I worked with were very helpful in training. We all helped each other to get work done. The hours were also good.

    Cons

    Had no benefits. Hard to get hired on permanently. They expect you to work harder than regular employees because you can be dismissed easily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone is a hard worker that is temporary should hire them on as a permanent one rather than hiring someone else

  10.  

    Training is key.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rehabilitation Services Specialist III in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Rehabilitation Services Specialist III in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Economic Security full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I currently work in vocational rehabilitation. My fellow employees are very helpful and concentrate on assisting the client in the best way possible.

    Cons

    The training is an absolute joke. The structure is absent and the trainers don't seem properly prepared to train, if and when someone leaves. Employees are not being given the skills needed to work effectively with client's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to truly evaluate the training structure and how employees are being trained for their position.

    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great people to work with, great supervisor, no raises, no money in budget for training.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Economic Security full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy the work and interaction with my co-workers. It's a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. Telecommuting is allowed, as well as flex time. Benefits are very good, retirement plan is great.

    Cons

    Major discrepancies in wages among same level employees. No compensation for years. High level of employee turnover due to lack of compensation. Wage level far below federal average. Increases in mandatory retirement and benefits contributions, but no cost of living increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect with the people in the trenches. Allow for advancement opportunities. Provide more technical training opportunities. Lobby legislature to provide allowance for increasing state employee pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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