State of Alaska Reviews

Updated May 5, 2015
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  1. Great job, great benefits, room for growth, the works!

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    Former Employee - Program Budget Analyst in Juneau, AK
    Former Employee - Program Budget Analyst in Juneau, AK

    I worked at State of Alaska (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great job, great benefits, room for growth, the works!

    Cons

    It is a government job, so lots of political nonsense and jumping through hoops. But in the end its worth it for the people of Alaska.


  2. Great benefits and wonderful coworkers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Alaska full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great mentors, positive work environment, and wonderful benefits

    Cons

    Distance from the lower 48


  3. Director

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    Current Employee - Director in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Director in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at State of Alaska

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Service to my State and citizens

    Cons

    Health insurer is Aetna, its lame.

    Advice to Management

    Quit messing with employee benefits and give managers simpler ability to discipline poor and bad employees. There is too much allowance for unionism and feel good protective programs.


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  5. Library Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Alaska full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and life to work balance. Work tended to be fairly low stress.

    Cons

    Funding tended to be steady but not huge. We tended to see this reflected in things like the older facilities we worked in and the older IT equipment we worked on.


  6. Not a bad place to work.

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    Current Employee - Media Specialist in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Media Specialist in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at State of Alaska

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, nice people, good hours

    Cons

    Typical State Worker mentality, complacency.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to engage lower level staff in leadership opportunities


  7. It used to be a great way to get a job but not anymore. Benefits are going downhill and the pay scale is stagnant.

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    Current Employee - Senior Services Tech in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Senior Services Tech in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at State of Alaska full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    If you hire in with the right people and the right team in the right division then the State is a good place to go. If you used to work for the state or for the same Union and are Tier I or II then stick with the state.

    Cons

    No training really, low chance of moving up from clerical positions even if you are fully qualified for the position your CLASSIFICATION will hold you back. Working with management for reclassification takes acts of God, Congress and Accounting to all cooperate. Clerical level support workers are eligible for PUBLIC ASSISTANCE and MEDICAID that is how LOW the wages are! There is NOT enough people to do the work to run the programs.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the job classification as a qualification for higher level positions. Update the pay scale to reflect the modern day cost of living and lift people off of ASSISTANCE programs. Bring in more volunteer/work experience people to help the divisions keep up with the work loads if you won't/can't hire more people.


  8. good company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Alaska

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible;training excellent; great leadership! amazing benefits wouldn't want to leave. start off making really good money

    Cons

    no time off for the first year; have to wait a while for a raise. company could hire better leaders


  9. Exec Branch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Alaska full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a great time working in a thoughtful, challenging setting. Boss had a unique ability to inspire loyalty and encourage well vetted, conscientious, and durable policy.

    Cons

    Working as a political appointee comes with the risk that you may not have a job if elections don't go well.


  10. Excellent

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at State of Alaska full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity for experience and growth. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Potential for oversight by upper level manager that don't utilize the feedback by staff when appraisals for mid level managers are done.

    Advice to Management

    Check in with individual staff on a quarterly basis via phone communication to ensure confidential responses. Keep in mind most manager's require the employees to give permission to view all email transmissions.


  11. No Upward Mobility unless you force it

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    Current Employee - Senior Svcs Tech in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Senior Svcs Tech in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at State of Alaska full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The People! The only reason I have stuck it out for so long here is the people I work with.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity for advancement if you start at a clerical level. Professional positions cannot be moved into even if you qualify if you are clerical the job classification determines if you can move upward and has nothing to do with the individual's knowledge, skills or abilities to do a given job. Six supervisor/bosses in six years is ridiculous! You lose way too much knowledge of the history of the work done when turnover of management is high.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the blocks to staff moving upward. Job classifications should NOT be a requirement for a higher level job. There should be a solid base of clerical support for every unit with the ability to move rapidly upward to attract and keep skilled talented people otherwise you have a lot of turnover and a lot of retraining.



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