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Arizona Department of Education Reviews

Updated February 11, 2017
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  1. "Administrative assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable company, no over time, no micromanagement. Overall it was a good experience. Upper management was very good and approachable.

    Cons

    Process are slow as well as outdated software. Some employees have been there too long and are not open to new ideas.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work if you are a developer. you get to work on different Microsoft tools.

    Cons

    There are no incentive reward programs, promotions, merit increases, etc. Which is pretty disappointing to stay for long.


  3. "If you like to play it safe..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a pretty stable environment and you feel that your job is safe. They are very supportive of professional development. There is generally low turnover.

    Cons

    The cons are consistent with any state job; there are no incentive reward programs, promotions, merit increases, etc.


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    "Proceed with caution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some dedicated education professionals and some truly wonderful people. Hours were good, benefits were decent. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership. Political climate drove everything in the agency (to the detriment of the students we were tasked with serving). High turnover rate, often among the best and the brightest.

    Advice to Management

    Separate the politics from the responsibility to effectively manage educational services to students, schools and districts. Let educational professionals do their jobs.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, horrible people to work for...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arizona Department of Education (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits package and knowing that the work you do helps students is the most rewarding parts of the job.

    Cons

    Dealing with all of the bureaucracy and trying to understand and live within the culture set by Executive Leadership Team is near impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Elect a new Superintendent


  7. Helpful (1)

    "fun environment"

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, helping kids, awesome co-workers

    Cons

    not much diversity among employees or management

    Advice to Management

    consistency


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Where IT Professionals go to die.."

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    Former Employee - Undisclosed in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Undisclosed in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Average Salary with no paid time off ... actually they say no paid holidays but will also add days before and after

    Cons

    Micromanagement by unintelligent yes men, poor facilities, treatment as unequal by administration, demeaning communication, power grabbing egos by unqualified staff. The saddest part is that people join this organization to do good for society by helping parents and kids and education staff. Unfortunately this intention gets lost in the financial and project mismanagement. Money is thrown away by lack of skill by IT management.

    Advice to Management

    Try treating all employees as important individuals. Imagine yourself working hard and putting in extra effort but to be demeaned and barked at by unqualified managers.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place....out of this world"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The quote "Change is the only constant" - is taken too seriously here so you will find frequent changes in direction from Sr. management.

    There are too many (non productive) meetings where you will find people ranting all the time that's a good time to meditate. Just find a suitable meeting according to your schedule and get in at a convenient time.

    Too much favoritism so just find right people - and get into their good books and you can spend your whole life here without making any contribution.

    If you're depressed with work pressure at some other place, get into ADE. You can make new friends here have lunch for an hour everyday (2 hrs on Fridays) work for the government agency, do NOTHING and even get paid! You may get yourself an office too if you're clever enough.

    You can do two jobs if you wish to as you can come in as early as 6 and leave at 3 when you're still fresh ;) There are many who do it.

    People here are multi talented and can do more than their role defines. Its possible that you're short of a QA or Soln. arch. and you speak with a housekeeping guy and he does it for your project :) Super talented people occupying the office can provide such out of box ideas too if you're short of them.

    Cons

    BYOB - they don't give you even water so carry your own bottle or buy it from them

    Considering you do your dishes at home, be ready to empty your bin everyday or throw your garbage in your neighbor's bin without getting caught ;)

    Nothing else really...my bad luck, I could not stick around for long as one day I felt I needed to do some work and I walked out.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Data Architect"

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    Former Employee - Data Architecth in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Data Architecth in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is to help children and our future, however this is not really the goal of the most of the employee

    Cons

    Very contractor heavy and the employee's have all of the control but none of the skill. The employee's here are very political and petty.

    Advice to Management

    Human Resources needs to get control of their employee's


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Education Program Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arizona Department of Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with public education agencies to provide students with an appropriate education that suits their individual needs

    Cons

    Deputy Associate Superintendents who are ineffective and are not knowledgeable about their jobs who create and foster an environment of fear.. Directors who are more concerned about not getting fired than doing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Quit getting rid of knowledgeable and experienced employees who exhibit independence and competency in their positions.



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