State of Alaska

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State of Alaska Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    No Upward Mobility unless you force it

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good employer, fair and competent. Great opportunities to grow professionally.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nurse III in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Nurse III in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at State of Alaska full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to grow professionally and personally working with multicultural communities and Native Alaskans. Travel to remote villages with multiple health challenges.

    Cons

    I had a very successful, enriching and challenging experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Anchorage, AK

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

    Pros

    Work schedule - work/life balance and being able to have every other Friday off.

    Cons

    The department that I work in is managed my a very controlling person. Employees who "fit" in receive promotions and opportunities for advancement. Disagreement with the CFO results in a stonewalled career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Department of Transportation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Fairbanks, AK

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

    Pros

    Largely great people to work with, job security, decent pay, access to many training opportunities, great work environment

    Cons

    Many of the cons are typical of a government agency. Some employees are lazy and unproductive and absolutely impossible to get rid of. Politics and bureaucracy run the show which can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Document and terminate unproductive employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    College Intern

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

    I have been working at State of Alaska part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Gain hands-on experience with accounting, internal and external organization communication. Nice people. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    It's an intern position, so you don't have much choice to decide which projects you want to take on. Works are pretty routine.

  8.  

    Working for the State of Alaska has been great so far!

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

    I have been working at State of Alaska full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, people.....great leave policy!

    Cons

    Poor evaluation system, not enough pay to retain good people, no leadership training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people to become good leaders and managers at an early age!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Medical Records Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Alaska

    Pros

    A stable place to work.
    Good benefits and pay.

    Cons

    No room for growth.
    Yearly evaluations was not done on time.
    Supervisor did not say anything to co-worker who used the work phone on company time.

  10.  

    Excellent Career employment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DVOP in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - DVOP in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at State of Alaska full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a Veterans Representative I work daily with American heroes. These heroes are fully functional and have tremendous transferrable skills that employers need to recognize and make a place for them in the workplace. The employers need to pursue the Apprenticeship approach to train an individual who would fit into their culture but lacks some certification or entry level degree.

    Cons

    Accounting to the "bean counters" that much of my job is intangible and cannot be measured in individual tasks and specific results that pertain only to Alaska.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow a professional career employee latitude to work out of the box and be creative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    HR in Alaska

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

    I worked at State of Alaska

    Pros

    Great leave accrual and benefits. Depending on where you work it is easy to move up.

    Cons

    No bonuses, overtime is hard to come by but you are expected to work more hours with out pay (only in some divisions).

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