Pima County (Arizona) Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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  1. It All Depends On Your Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist Senior in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist Senior in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Pima County (Arizona) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It used to be a really good medical plan, retirement plan, and job security. Now relative job security is probably the only pro as the medical plan is not as good and retirement ditto.

    Cons

    Pay is super lousy. Even if you arrive with high skills and acquire more on the job, pay raises are not tied to performance. You will get the same raise as the slug who does little to nothing, and over time you will really resent that. While Huckelberry takes care of himself, he ensures those beneath him receive as little as possible. That helps justify his big salary. He has special rules that apply to him, such as he gets paid for his sick time when he leaves. All other employees leaves that on the table as the County doesn't pay out for sick time (unless you give them the first few hundred hours, and then they pay you 25% on the remainder). You will go 2-5 years without a raise, even if the cost of living escalates. The County feels there are more where you came from, so as an employee you are not valued much. The revolving door rate is very high; they just keep hiring and people keep quitting, especially when the first paycheck hits and new hires see 12% deducted as their share of the retirement plan. Then of course is your share of medical premium, before all the other deductions. If you take a job downtown, you will pay for parking on your own (no gimmees there either). There just isn't much paycheck left after all that.

    Advice to Management

    There is no point to this because many are not real managers. If you stay long enough you may be rewarded with a management position, even if you have no aptitude, and the average manager receives little to no training. You cannot advise them on anything. Treat the manager like your mom: whoever gets there first with a complaint is the one she will believe. There is no fairness, no equity, and despite a bullying policy there is plenty of harassment.


  2. Helpful (1)

    23+ year employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse

    I have been working at Pima County (Arizona) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities. Good retirement benefit. Holidays off.

    Cons

    Pay is much less than other places. Raises are small and only occur about every 3 to 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff working with the public when implementing changes. Give clinic staff at satellite sites the opportunity for the same perks as the people who work at Abrams.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Poor ITD leadership creates poor results

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonynous in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonynous in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Pima County (Arizona)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some great people who have values and can still sleep at night peacefully

    Cons

    Cronyism rampant... Its about who you know and how willing you are to stab them in the back. Know someone on the board of supervisors? Get hired into management with no experience. Salaries below market. Non technical management promoted into positions they aren't qualified for and perform poorly at. Absolutely 0 metrics to measure employee productivity other than how many times they catch you going to the bathroom Distrust of employees

    Advice to Management

    Read some books on customer service and leadership. Stop trying to sell other departments a used car they dont want. Invest in existing talent rather than hiring the first person you find with a keyword in their resume, and treating them like they walk on water. Stop hiding behind locked doors to create an us versus them mentality with your staff. Stop buying $20k smart tvs with tax payer money. That's not very smart. True leaders take responsibility for their actions and defend their staff. Take note. Don't hire six deputy directors under you for a staff of about 200 people. You aren't Microsoft.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Coming on board with County ITD was the worst decision of my career and set me back 15+ years. I can't wait to leave.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Tucson, AZ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive wages/salaries for IT employees.

    Cons

    Orwellian health insurance policies penalize employees deemed to be living "unhealthy lifestyles" (non-participation in "healthy lifestyle discount" programs automatically deems you "unhealthy" and increases your premiums). Many unqualified people in senior or management roles. Actual skill or merit does not seem to factor into success.

    Advice to Management

    Don't use unqualified, non-technical people to hire technical staff. Don't routinely tell your employees they are "replaceable."


  6. Helpful (1)

    Secure job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pima County (Arizona)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Secure job as long as you meet expectations.

    Cons

    Raises are hit and miss and mostly miss.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Pima County is a good place to work for the most part

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (2)

    Typical Government Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  9. Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pima County (Arizona) full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hard to manage work-life balance


  10. Helpful (1)

    Roller coaster

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, holidays, few weekends, 8-5

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Comprehensive understanding of the work being done.


  11. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Run.



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