Arizona Department of Education

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Arizona Department of Education Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
23 Reviews
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23 Reviews
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  1.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was a great day experience!!

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education

    Pros

    Great opportunities
    Great team memberd

    Cons

    Low pay
    Located in the downtown area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together. Stop the bullying!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    get rid of learning mate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    Awful software development environment, make this your only, short-term solution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Education as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Contract pay is high; Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Management is awful. Project managers have no power. LearningMate bullies other contractors and ADE employees, yet their employees knows nothing about software development. Every project is siloed, so one hand doesn't know what the other is doing. There were several instances of duplicate work because of this.Too much politics - schools or districts with political clout will get more attention than other schools or products as a whole. There is no work culture whatsoever. Most contractors don't really care about their job, they're just looking to get out as quickly as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the CIO and and his former work buddies at LearningMate! They are wasting taxpaying dollars on dog and pony shows to try and get more money but not delivering what really counts - to the state!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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)

    Pros

    People are good to work with

    Cons

    No job advancement or pay raises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Don't work for the department of education!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education

    Pros

    There are none! The place is going downhill!! Horrible leadership and a useless HR!!

    Cons

    Don't work at ADE! This place cares nothing for its people and spends millions on contractors that produce nothing! The HR knows nothing on what is going on including all the illegal activities! A CIO that uses profanity in front of everyone, bullies and intimidates, fires good people to hire in their buddies, constant ADOA policy violations and lies!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should all be fired!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Motivation Buzz Killer....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education

    Pros

    Covered Parking, BBQ Food Truck on Thursdays

    Cons

    Upper and mid level management is utterly inept. Decision making is bad, bordering on senseless. The culture is exclusionary with only a chosen few that even have voices as such. Constant revolving door, no compassion or respect for highly skilled technologist. Constant change in direction and no pulse on financial responsibility. I would highly recommend to anyone that takes pride in what they do to keep looking. This isn't the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate your employees, create a positive and encouraging environment and watch good things come to life!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Project Specialist

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Very laid back expectations for attendance and office hours in general. (If that is something that appeals to you).

    Cons

    No structure, redundancy is rampant, antiquated thinking and an environment that seems to proactively dissuade efficacy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of the time, which is most of the time, spent in meetings about meetings only contributes to the problems and skilled people who actually want to improve methodologies while considering cost-effectiveness will quickly realize this is the wrong place to work for that. (And for the record, I resigned, so this is not a diatribe from an embittered fired former State worker).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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