State of Arizona

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DOA not a 5-star organization and CIO office is "Done Manifesto" passdown without resources

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - IT Specialist IV in Phoenix, AZ
Current Employee - IT Specialist IV in Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at State of Arizona full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Work your 40 hrs (and many people work less).
Covered parking garage.
You can truly make a difference and gain some autonomy if you work for a manager who is not a micro-manager and trusts you to be the competent professional you were hired to be. I find it stifling and micromanaged like hourly paid technicians and administrator people and not managed as a professional--except when somebody wants to pass the buck on why something is wrong and why it's not their fault. You get a lot of responsiblity in this case--but no other.

Cons

Contractors not utilized for skills and experience--depends on who you work for
Rigid in work hours, expected to be 8-5 and a few special people in DOA get to work differently.
In a normal environment, a CIO and Deputy CIO would not be hired without experience at that level
it's about who you can please if you want to succeed, and if you are a peon or not a manager, good luck with getting any recognition. But people will be happy to take credit for your work and put their name on it after you do the most of it. This includes your direct managers. I find this environment unfriendly and oppressive.
People do not cooperate with you do get the done. They come to work, keep their eyes and head down and don't even talk most of the time. They do not respond unless their manager tells them to publicly. Then good luck with actually getting that support. We have too many things going on with too few people and too many people who think they're in charge.
Political agenda and I mean rampant behavior for self-protectionism in some managers that is for the good of the individual not the organization. Toxic people are allowed to stay and are rewarded.
What we say the culture is--with those little email messages and awards events--it not what the embedded culture really is.
Low pay compared to market.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire competent people and let them do their job. Most of all, take off the blinders for hierarchy--you have to butt-kiss to be seen and heard here--and there are many other performers besides the ones you call direct staff and let inside the power hierarchy. Everybody else is ignored.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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    Enjoyed the job, environment was dangerous

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    Former Employee - Department of Corrections in Goodyear, AZ
    Former Employee - Department of Corrections in Goodyear, AZ

    I worked at State of Arizona

    Pros

    Stayed very busy, learned alot, large facilities

    Cons

    Dangerous working around inmates in prison.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training and assistance with inmate issues.

  2.  

    Lots of politics involved, but....

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    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at State of Arizona

    Pros

    Great co-workers and benefits.
    Loved my immediate supervisor, she is a great lady.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, but that is expected.

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