Arizona Department of Education Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (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)

    Steady Decline

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    Former Employee - Technical Support in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Life/work balance and benefits for grandfathered employees. Newer hires not so lucky.

    Cons

    CIO and his management team are a bunch of bullies. CIO yells and curses. Unprofessional and unethical. Suspect dirty business dealings with contractor vendors.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CIO before he brings the agency down with his corrupt business dealings.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to use just about every Microsoft technology is nice. Unfortunately there is not much else positive I can say about the Arizona Department of Education.

    Cons

    There is a lack of leadership at this agency. The primary deficiency in global IT is leadership. However, the Arizona Department of Education has bought that deficiency to a unprecedented low. Employees look to their workplace leaders for many things including inspiration, strategy and vision. Unfortunately the so-called leaders of this agency are incapable of providing any of these things. When the Deputy CIO acts as a hall monitor and consistently behaves with vengeance and pettiness then it is safe to assume this individual is not spending their time providing leadership to the agency. When the CIO presents to the staff and states "we are a policing organization" then it is clear they are not thinking strategically. Unfortunately the actions of technology leadership at this agency impacts public instruction and although it is true that it is a bad place to work, it is even more pressing that the poor leadership within the agency impacts public instruction and ultimately the future of our republic. Please do not misconstrue these statements as being overly dramatic. The actions of leadership at this agency does have an impact on education in the state of Arizona.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the Deputy CIO and bring in a competent manager that has actual experience implementing enterprise scale technology solutions. Hopefully you can find someone competent that does not treat their employees as members of his/her faction to be used like chess pieces in a fight for dominance with other managers. This is not a game but rather people's lives you are playing with.


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  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    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 (2)

    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. Helpful (1)

    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


  10. Helpful (2)

    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.


  11. Pay stay same from start of job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Education full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    People are good to work with

    Cons

    No job advancement or pay raises.



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