State of Arizona

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State of Arizona Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
69 Reviews
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Pros
  • They have a good benefits and retirement programs (in 13 reviews)

  • Low Supervision Great benefits low experience (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, not much opportunity for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper Management is quite clueless to the real needs of IT (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Varies depending on branch of government

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Arizona part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, if your building has a cafeteria in it good food as well at reasonable rates

    Cons

    IT Management doesn't understand basic IT concepts, but if it works others don't care how ugly systems are behind the curtain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote standards, statewide software licensing, auditing BEFORE security issues arise.

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Bad.These people deliberately set people up to fail. They can't keep a staff.

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    Former Employee - Environmental Engineering Specialist
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineering Specialist

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Health care benefits, retirement, sick time

    Cons

    incompetent management, promotions are based on who know not what you can do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    No place to build a career; management does not communicate with you unless they are writing you up.

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    Former Employee - Youth Corrections Officer II in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Youth Corrections Officer II in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits the medical, dental and time off are stellar!.

    Cons

    The integrity of fellow officers on average is non-existing. If you stick to policy, they will gang up and lie on you. You have to be quiet when you see fellow officers doing unethical behaviors-for example: bringing the youth food; contra- band and discrimination of some youth. Some of the officers sleep with each other, married or not. The place is one big cesspool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to be more proactive and not bias when innocent staff is reaching out for help. Question why certain behaviors are being done; but, management is messy themselves as well. They don't have any morals, nor do they care for any one who is following policy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unfortunately the image of a state run agency is correct. DES might be the next CPS

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    Current Employee - Program Interviewer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Interviewer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great medical benefits, Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Outdated equipment, Union manager still run the offices and everyone is afraid of their own shadow. Pay is very low with little opportunity to increase it even with good to excellent reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop training for attrition, start retaining good quality employees, the people of Arizona deserve it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Not what I expected

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, good schedule, lenient attendance schedule, down town location, nice co workers, hourly pay is good

    Cons

    Feels like you work for a union, everything is seniority based. Involuntary retirement contribution is too high. Not flexible with the scheduling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    No ambition? This is the place for you

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Auditor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Won't get fired even if you're a drunk. Great if you have no ambition or are a drunk.

    Cons

    Low pay, not much opportunity for advancement.

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

    It was ok.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Arizona

    Pros

    A lot of good people their

    Cons

    Too many rule folleres every one CYA's all the time out of fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, less than market salaries

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    Former Employee - Various Management in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Various Management in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good health and dental benefits, good sick and vacation leave time accumulation.

    Cons

    Dealing with customers that think "they" pay your salary, like we as taxpayers don't contribute to our own salaries. Having to work for the latest political hack, or appointee who is given position of management, without qualifications necessary to perform job effectively. Having to deal with the hidden agendas of Legislators, who are only thinking of getting reelected, not the best outcome for the State.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember, this is supposed to be representation of the "people", not just special interests groups that fatten your wallets and campaign coffers. Make managers more personally responsible for their actions, quit hiding behind the shield of government immunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time

    Pros

    Good benefit package and access to retirement planning. Multiple opportunities to advance if you choose to pursue them.

    Cons

    Noncompetitive salary levels and very few raises. Frequent salary and hiring freezes. Inability and/or unwillingness of management to dismiss nonproductive or counterproductive employees from positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the people who do not want to be there or who are not able to competently do the job as it should be done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    tax payers dole

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    Former Employee - PSE III in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - PSE III in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    no performance expectations`good benefits

    Cons

    no true opportunities for promotions unless you know the right people or some one passes away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire the best to get the best

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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