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Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
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  1.  

    Training is key.

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    Current Employee - Rehabilitation Services Specialist III  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Rehabilitation Services Specialist III in Phoenix, AZ

    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
  2.  

    Was a temporary employee for employment services

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    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

  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ

    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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  5.  

    Political

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Easy work, most people are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    How much ass can you kiss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the least efficient and the laziest employees, more work can be done without them slowing everyone down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    It's not who you know, it's.....

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    Current Employee - Case Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Pension, paid holidays, vacation days and sick days.

    Cons

    This might be the most dysfunctional, micro managed place I've ever worked for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Excellent Career with great exposure to State and Federal Government regulations.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Great opportunity to experence State Government from the inside.

    Cons

    Mobility is somewhat limited and development is controlled

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the potential in staff and develop and challenge those individuals to reach their potential

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Lots of unemployed, lots of work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Enjoy helping people be successful

    Cons

    lot's of turn over, long hours, little (low) compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Underpaid for the amount of work required

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Steady work, excellent health coverage and retirement. Room for growth, the state promotes from within which is always good and they will train you for any position.

    Cons

    Personnel Reform! Supervisors nor Management are compensated for the work they do. You are paid an hourly wage, which is low to begin with yet can work an average of 100 hours Bi-weekly yet you are only compensated for 80 hours, while employees who are not in a supervisory position are being paid at time and a half, which according to what I have seen, they bring home more money than their own Supervisor, it is very discouraging!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am in upper Management and we are working with the tools given to us, which is not much. Things must change at a higher level, maybe the Govenor's Office?

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

    unrealistic expectations, lack of mobility

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    Current Employee - Disability Examiner III  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Disability Examiner III in Tucson, AZ

    Pros

    flexible schedule (can come in anywhere between 6 am to 9 am - can work 4 10-hr days if approved; relative independence; ability to build expertise; lax dress code; very low face-to-face public contact; nice agency atmosphere with good quality employees; fairly good community atmosphere; good job for someone who is analytical and smart

    Cons

    inflexible management structure, few rewards for expertise, few opportunities for advancement (made worse by both state and federal hiring freezes and poor economy), complicated job that requires experience, judgment and expertise but is often treated as if it is a clerical position; lots of vacation time but it's hard to use more than 5 days at a time because you are expected to produce while you are on vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people who do good work with non-pay perks like less supervision, less QA review, opportunities to lead/grow; devise a structure to get feedback from the workers (disability examiners) and take suggestions seriously; provide training for managers & supervisors in how to manage and supervie

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    A lot of responsibilities for very little pay, no wage increases and high case load.

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    Current Employee - Support Coordinator  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Support Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Help people in need, flexible schedule, telecommute opportunities.

    Cons

    Underpaid, high case load, no stipend for bilingual case workers and little to no opportunity for wage increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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