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Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Project Manager

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

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment with cutting edge technology and matured processes to work. The head of software engineering likes to hire only Indian contractors/employees and has issues with Americans. He may be above his head. CIO has a great vision and has been executing it with knowledgeable executive staff(mostly contractors) but I have never seen sharp people who are invested so much time with a customer. Kudos to them and the CIO!! .

    Cons

    It is difficult to see no software engineering practices from Head of Software Engineering and as a PM I found it difficult to digest. He is currently promoted to Dy CIO I heard.... QA function has seen many bad managers in the last one year so QA needs to be fixed as well...

    Advice to Management

    Move Dy CIO to another role.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to work. For a long time.

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    Former Employee - Software Administrative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Administrative in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge Microsoft Stack -- technology. Great work/life balance. good management. technical staff with some incompetent full-time employees. Big turnaround from previous CIO and management team. Felt valued.

    Cons

    Whacky new Superintendent of Education -- and I am a Republican!!!! Haha. . Budget cut concerns always impacting long-term strategy. Politics drive some funding. Politics need to stay out of education. Pay is not on par with other Arizona companies.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay rates and give more work from home opportunity for parents with kids.

  3. Analyst

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Help educators become better through development

    Cons

    Compensation. Budget concerns. Micro managed.

    Advice to Management

    Is is fair to terminate a contract for surfing the Internet and not give prior warning?

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  5. Great place if you're Indian and work for one particular contracting company.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The CIO, has a great vision. However, he makes personnel decisions by listening to one person... If you want to "feel" like you're working for a collaborative company, then this is the place for you. If you want to "just do your job" and not make progressive movement, this this is a great place.

    Cons

    The CIO, has a great vision. However, he makes personnel decisions by listening to one person... There are two "individuals" (read: not team players), who really run the company. They are both LearningMate executives and are key players at ADE. If you are Indian and are a LearningMate employee working at ADE as a contractor, then you're job is secure.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your management and executive staff. Listen to your resource managers.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Not a good place to work in IT

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    Current Employee - Software PM in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software PM in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Met some nice people who are talented non management.

    Cons

    Mark Masterson lacks the skills to be a team lead, much less the CIO. He's an idiot who swears and screams at the workers, has no idea about technology practices, and fires/hires people at random.

    Advice to Management

    Fire him and audit the Learningmate contract. Likely to be getting kickbacks.

  7. Helpful (2)

    I am not sure why we have all the negative reviews. This place is great!!!!

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Education full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies using full microsoft stack. Good people to work with. Good work-life balance.

    They leave me alone and allow me to work with zero micromanagement. And, I am getting trained on the latest software. Life couldn't be better.

    Cons

    We move much slower than other software development companies I've worked for. We have more red-tape than some companies in valley, but not as much as when I worked at wells fargo.

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. Helpful (1)

    It was a great day experience!!

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities
    Great team memberd

    Cons

    Low pay
    Located in the downtown area

  9. If you're not a Learningmate Contractor stay away!

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst/Program Specialist
    Former Employee - Data Analyst/Program Specialist

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance, location is downtown - close to everything

    Cons

    Management is cruel, prefer hiring high dollar contractors over fulltime employees, chaotic and product delivery is slow at best, ever changing direction

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Stop the bullying!

  10. Get Rid of Learning Mate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Might be able to help kids

    Cons

    Unless you're with learning mate you have no chance of fair pay or moving up

    Advice to Management

    get rid of learning mate

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good Place to Learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Education

    Pros

    Very supportive administration where my ideas are valued.

    Cons

    Very little room for growth- either financially or in promotions.

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