Arizona Department of Water Resources

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Former Water Resource Specialist

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Former Employee - Water Resource Specialist  in  Phoenix, AZ
Former Employee - Water Resource Specialist in Phoenix, AZ

I worked at Arizona Department of Water Resources full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

A good place to work. Professional staff, promotion opportunities, good management. Plenty of opportunities to expand skills and learn new things. Customers are great to work with.

Cons

Budget cuts reduced the staff to a skeleton crew and closed outlying offices. I would still be working there if not for the cuts.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep doing what you are doing. Consider hiring back staff as the budget allows. Keep in touch with what the lower level staff is doing. Offer more training opportunities.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook

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    Former senior hydrologist

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    Former Employee - Hydrologist  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Hydrologist in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Arizona Department of Water Resources full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The department provides a flexible work schedule, numerous paid holidays, and an opportunity to save money through a deferred compensation plan.

    Cons

    ADWR is a failed organization that has abandoned the goals of the Arizona Groundwater Management Act, and has failed after 30 years to make any progress on the statewide surface water adjudication. Almost all of the scientific and engineering professionals left the agency years ago, and the remaining staff has little technical expertise. Senior management cannot comprehend complex scientific analysis, and marginalizes employees with actual expertise in the field. The agency has virtually no respect within the water community due to its simplistic and ineffective approaches to water management issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconstitute the department as a technical agency. Replace the current management with a professional engineering staff headed by a state engineer. Eliminate most of the water resources specialist positions and contract this work out to the private sector.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Budget cuts, layoffs, and a lack of direction have crippled a great agency.

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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 Water Resources

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Great co-workers
    Work can be rewarding
    Most of the staff is knowledgeable and willing to help others
    Opportunity to learn a lot about the state's water resources if interested

    Cons

    Employee moral is extremely low after massive layoffs
    Low pay and no chance of increases unless you promote
    Pay is not equitable between employees
    Difficult to complete assignments due to high workload and little support
    Lack of direction and vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a vision and goals for the agency and share this with staff. Keep staff informed about agency activities and provide more opportunities for training and professional development. Offer employees incentives and rewards for high performance and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of each Division without bias.

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