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State of Alaska Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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State of Alaska Governor Bill Walker
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Pros
  • Good Benefits, Decent Starting pay (in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits, casual atmosphere and dedicated staff (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay isn't as good as private sector (in 5 reviews)

  • Low pay compared to the private sector (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great environment!"

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

    I worked at State of Alaska full-time

    Pros

    Learned a lot, the Department of Ed was amazing!

    Cons

    No real downsides except for the pay.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Flexible and upward mobility options"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in Juneau, AK
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in Juneau, AK
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of Alaska full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Gorgeous views and wildlife; benefits; paid days off; can cash in personal leave; geographical differential pay schedules dependent on location in Alaska.

    Cons

    Current financial uncertainty, only 1 revenue source and when the oil prices are low, the layoffs are plentiful; non-appointed management needs to turn over like the new software; each new Governor brings their own challenges; due to layoffs and hiring freezes, the work is daunting and can be overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Retention of great employees MUST be a higher priority and not just a talking point, why run people off if they can be an asset in another division or department.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Look to the Leadership to know if it's a good fit"

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

    I worked at State of Alaska full-time

    Pros

    Depending on who was leading, you could either be innovative and push forward or had to run under the radar. With the current HHS leadership they were open and willing to study what works in all areas of the state. I'm not a State employee who shows up to do the bare minimum and I appreciate leaders who feel the same.

    Cons

    Administration changes and dwindling budgets make it tough to continue making progress. Typically though if you're focused on effective programs and know how to present your outcomes you have a better shot at success.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to all voices at the table. Sometimes the best solutions come from listening to others.


  4. "Slightly Disgruntled"

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    Former Employee - Microbiologist in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Microbiologist in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only 37.5 hour work week.
    Fair pay.
    Good leave accrual.

    Cons

    State budget woes keep employees wondering if a shutdown or lay-off may occur.
    Instead of management, micromanagement by many supervisors.
    Instead of looking for creative ways to keep all employed, positions are eliminated.
    Poor oversight by upper management in regards to lower management.

    Advice to Management

    Manage, don't micro-manage. Take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves- pay attention to purchases being made (is that quantity really needed or will a great amount be wasted?)


  5. "Silos of Excellence"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The State of Alaska has made several steps in the right direction, but there are significant disparities between "good" offices and the "bad" ones. Once inside you're more likely to find a place where you fit in. The State has implemented programs to improve. The benefits are phenomenal.

    Cons

    The environment incentivizes checking boxes rather than true innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on high turnover offices and determine why this is the case. From an analytical perspective, it should be easy to find the negative locations.


  6. "Work is challenging, but important. Frequently have too many bosses, not enough workers."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, although not near what they used to be. Good opportunities for learning. 37.5 hour work week. Leave is generous.

    Cons

    Pay isn't as good as private sector. Work instruction is poor. Working with bureaucrats, do you get what you expect.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexible work schedules.


  7. "Public Sector Employment"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Juneau, AK
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Juneau, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good medical and leave benefits
    Stable employment
    Great local community

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy
    Limited upward mobility
    Older technologies in use

    Advice to Management

    Enhance pathways for employee development and advancement.
    Review compensation vs comparable employers

  8. "Mostly good a little bad"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Technician in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Accounting Technician in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of leave, good other benefits

    Cons

    State's going bankrupt, impossible to fire anyone, probably more dysfunctional than your average workplace


  9. "Eligibility Technician III Lead"

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    Former Employee - Eligibility Technician in Wasilla, AK
    Former Employee - Eligibility Technician in Wasilla, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of Alaska full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Assist those in need in the community. Great benefit package.

    Cons

    Understaffed to the ratio of workload.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Auditor
    Former Employee - Auditor

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

    Pros

    Excellent hours, benefits, and vacation time

    Cons

    Budget crisis makes the security of your job a little less sure.


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