State of Alaska Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, nice people, good hours

    Cons

    Typical State Worker mentality, complacency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to engage lower level staff in leadership opportunities

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Alaska

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Exec Branch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Alaska full-time

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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)

    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
  7. 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)

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

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    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
  9. Great Benefits

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    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 a 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
  10. Department of Transportation

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    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
  11. College Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Alaska part-time (less than a 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.

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