Pima County (Arizona)

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Pima County (Arizona) Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
17 Reviews
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    Pima County is a good place to work for the most part

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Pima County (Arizona) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Merit system, wellness programs

    Cons

    Depends on department - New Information Technology management is a disaster. (2014) Pay scale for Information Technology is competitive though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move away from supporting the "Good ole boy" network. Anti-bullying policies are a farce and not seriously supported by upper management.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Typical Government Job

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer Senior in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Applications Developer Senior in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Pima County (Arizona) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Stability and an excellent retirement plan.

    Cons

    Automatic withdrawal of the pension funds means your take home is 10% less than you expected (this may be a pro if you're able to absorb that), worse that they pay lower than market in general. Way too much structure and over-management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pima County (Arizona) full-time

    Pros

    Great location, staff is reasonable to work with, hours are somewhat flexible

    Cons

    Hard to manage work-life balance

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Roller coaster

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Health Nurse in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Public Health Nurse in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Pima County (Arizona) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, holidays, few weekends, 8-5

    Cons

    Upper level management does not understand the needs of the employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Comprehensive understanding of the work being done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    A great place to work for some

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Pima County (Arizona) as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Exceptional co-workers; some of the best people that I have ever worked with. The job offers benefits, and you actually work 8-5 instead of 12 hours a day.

    Cons

    The salary is pretty low, and I cannot imagine that raises happen often, which is typical of a government job. It could be a thankless job.

  7.  

    Working at Pima County's IT Dept was considerably more stressful than most other places I've encountered.

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    Former Employee - (Too Obvious to Provide) in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - (Too Obvious to Provide) in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Pima County (Arizona) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Centrally located in the county, convenience of downtown more generally.

    Cons

    The professional environment was driven primarily by threats and fear, hailing from the CIO but rippling through the entire organization. Day-to-day is not based in mission-focused cooperation or even competition of ideas, but in placing blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a great learning experience

    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Pima County (Arizona) as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was able to learn a lot through this. It was a lot of hands on work that I liked.

    Cons

    Some of the cons is that there were a lot of busy work that could of been assigned to someone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good experience for beginners

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pima County (Arizona) full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility. Opportunity to learn across multiple media.

    Cons

    No advancement. There are no opportunities for growth unless someone leaves, retires or resigns. Pay is not commensurate with industry.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    It has been extremely different working for a government entity compared to my many years in private industry.

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    Current Employee - Waste Water Laboratory Technician in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Waste Water Laboratory Technician in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Pima County (Arizona) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's nice to have a steady, full time job. It is almost impossible to get fired from the county.

    Cons

    It is almost impossible to get a raise or promotion (the perception is that you have to wait for someone to die or retire) and unless you are being hired for one of the upper level classifications you have zero negotiating power for starting salary. It is almost impossible to get fired from the county, regardless of how incompetent you are. (The deadwood just gets shuffled to a position where they can't interfere with the actual work of the department.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to stop running the county like it was a union shop and do more to promote internal candidates when positions become available. Promotions and raises should be based on ability and talent, not length of service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst Managers Overall

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Pima County (Arizona) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is some form of employment

    Cons

    -More privatization is being done, so no job is secure
    -Starting pay is so-so at best; you'll probably do better or as well in private industry
    -No pay raise for 5 years, and when it's raised 1% on 7/1/13, employee's ASRS (pension) percentage increases too, so will be lucky to see half of the 1% raise
    -ASRS takes over 11% of gross paycheck, so you are paying heavily into the pension plan
    -Despite sending managers to management courses, which should have been done BEFORE they were promoted to those positions, bad habits die hard and managers are as poor as ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the talents and abilities of your employees; stop holding them back from full potential; reward the workers and write up the slackers; stop bullying employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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