State of Arizona Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Arizona Corporation Commission

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

    I worked at State of Arizona

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

    Pros

    Absolutely zero pros working for the State

    Cons

    If ANY position comes up at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) RUN AWAY!!! The Exec Director of the agency is as corrupt as they come & the majority of Senior Mgt there are anything but "senior". A real cesspool especially when you consider that there are 5 elected officials whose egos are 2nd to none.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management? Go back to flipping burgers, but please publicize where you go to do that ... I'll take that burger joint off my list of places to dine.


  2. Great experience, great people to work with.

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

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Benefits
    - Agency change with elected official

    Cons

    - Limited salary increases due to agency budget


  3. Financial Analyst

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

    I have been working at State of Arizona

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits-Retirement, work/life balance, impacting community

    Cons

    Pollitics, compensation, growth opportunities, lack of drive in tenured employees.


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  5. Don't work at Health Services/AZ State Hospital

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

    I worked at State of Arizona

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits including vision and dental

    Cons

    10% of salary taken off the top of pay for "pension"They don't follow the rules and the law in doing business
    Drug abuse ignored
    Atmosphere is tense and fear based by supervisor and on up
    Don't speak up or you will be punished

    Advice to Management

    You should all be fired


  6. Helpful (4)

    Accountant 3

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

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits,
    Plenty of sick time and vacation
    Don't have to work very hard
    Job Security

    The state has great benefits, almost too great. I accrue 4 hrs of leave (vacation) and 3.7 hrs of sick time every paycheck. You get every holiday off. The insurance is cheap. I have the high-deductible medical insurance with an HSA for my son and I which only cost $34 a paycheck. The state also contributes $55 into the HSA every check. If work in an exempt position sick time almost accrues exponentially because you almost never have to use it. I have never had any trouble taking time off.

    Cons

    Government Culture
    Very bureaucratic and slow to change
    Boring and nothing to do the majority of the time
    Typical office politics
    Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) (11.5% of your pay)

    Working for the government isn't for everyone. And it is clearly not for me. As I am writing this I have accepted a position with a private company and will be leaving in a few weeks. If you are looking for a cake job, where you can put your shoes up, sit around surf the internet, while enjoying generous benefits look no further than the state of Arizona. Now every state agency has somewhat different policies and culture but in my experience the common theme I experienced was complacency, mediocrity, solid boredom, and incompetent management.

    My biggest gripe was that I had nothing to do the majority of the time I worked for the state. I worked in three difference capacities in two different agencies. I have spent the last two years of my life surfing the internet and watching YouTube videos. Yeah occasionally I have something to do that takes me more than 15 minutes but it was rare. The worse is having to pretend you are working all the time, when you know that everyone around you is in the same boat. I would constantly get in trouble because I had nothing to do.

    My next gripe with working for the state is the government culture. Everything takes months to be completed. Simple solutions must be discussed in meeting after meeting, everyone needs to have a say. Certain employees are treated special for some reason while others are alienated. People that are promoted or hired are completely incompetent for their position. Inefficiency after inefficiency. Most people are very concerned with job security and will very reluctantly help you or teach you something. My first position I spent three months staring at a computer before anyone sat down with me and taught me anything.

    The ASRS will gut your paycheck. And the new reform laws passed in 2011 make the ASRS a horrible deal for new employees. Unless you work with the state for 25 years and retire with them, the ASRS is will take thousands from you with absolutely no return.

    My last complaint is that I am not developing or moving forward. The state government has been and will always be. No one wants to hear your ideas or how to make things more efficient. They expect you to be a yes man/woman and sit there. I was actually advised by a 20 year employee that the best thing to do is to keep your head down and not cause a ripple. I am not that person.


  7. Enforcement Officer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enforcement Officer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Enforcement Officer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at State of Arizona

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and banker hours

    Cons

    It all depends on you manager

    Advice to Management

    There are good managers and there are not so good managers...


  8. Overworked and underpaid social worker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Social Worker II in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Social Worker II in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment.
    Good health insurance.
    Nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Dangerous working environment.
    Low pay for the most emotionally taxing work imaginable.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the caseload for social workers.


  9. Lacks skilled C'Level Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Infrastructure in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - IT Infrastructure in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The functional IT level employees are awesome. They are dedicated to serving and supporting the users.

    Cons

    CIO/CSO/Service Delivery Manager need to go. Organization will never deliver true IT until they get seasoned dedicated IT professionals in the appropriate roles.
    The 3 lead thru intimidation and the only agenda they have is their next job or covering for each other.

    Advice to Management

    New Director needs to do step level interviews with IT Operations, Infra Project Manager's to truly assess the goings on. Director needs to do an audit on the funding tied to projects as there is mis appropriation of funds.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Software Developer

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits. 3.5 Weeks vacation to start. 3 weeks sick leave annually. Both with the ability to rollover. Cheap insurance. Own Office

    Cons

    Slow on getting raises. No annual cola.

    Advice to Management

    You need to at the very least give an annual raise.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Ok

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

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, laid back, lots of different areas to work in, some departments are run very well, benefits are worthwhile if you stay for most of your career

    Cons

    Low pay, no raises, top heavy with true benefits given to directors only, excessive workload, little support, lack of direction, too many political favors, dealing with unhappy public

    Advice to Management

    Value employees more, distribute workload evenly, be more efficient, hire capable employees, make directors accountable for their departments, pay a living wage, increase pay at the rate on increased cost of living



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