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State of Alaska Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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State of Alaska Governor Bill Walker
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Pros
  • Healthy work environment with good benefits (in 6 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Compensation is below private sector (in 4 reviews)

  • mandated overtime with little to no notice (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Typical Government Job"

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    Current Employee - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Alaska full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great leadership and from director all the way down. Always looking out for officers' needs and are accommodating to schedules if you are a team player.

    Cons

    Pay could be better, but that's what you expect when working for a state in a fiscal crisis. Opportunities for overtime could be better too


  2. "Amazing Job!"

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

    I have been working at State of Alaska full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy everyone I work with and all of the legal experience you gain.

    Cons

    The state of alaska's budget issues.


  3. "DEED Great Place to Work with Great People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at State of Alaska full-time

    Pros

    The Department of Education and Early Development is a small department so you get to know everyone, salary is good, the work is satisfying

    Cons

    Slow advancement because of size, department cuts hurt


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  5. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For the most part I enjoyed the position.

    Cons

    I had the option to join the union or pay the same rate and not join.


  6. "Behind the times"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Juneau, AK
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Juneau, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Things move very slowly here. The State is 5 years behind in technological development. Not recommended for people who like fast a paced environment.


  7. "Correctional Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great health benefits and leave

    Cons

    short staffing makes for bad morale in a stressful job

    Advice to Management

    take care of the staff better in terms of staffing levels and show appreciation


  8. "Manager DOL"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at State of Alaska full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, casual atmosphere and dedicated staff. Very diverse job requires ability to think out of the box and make due with the reality of minimal funds to achieve stated goals. So long as you don't take public sector work personally and can deal with people that are not as motivated as what I found in the private sector due to inherent protections a State job holder enjoys; this is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours. Drastic changes every time you get a new administration. Present budget short fall projected for next few years so don't expect any improvement in the State's desire to truly support or advance stated mission goals or programs. Expect to do much more with considerably less if not down right down sizing. The State of Alaska is broke. New hires can expect considerable decrease in benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Know your history in conjunction with past successes and focus on what can realistically be accomplished and always remember your greatest asset are your employees in the trenches. Managers seem to come and go, but the core troops with a wealth of experience could better be engaged to map out realistically what can be accomplished given new funding challenges.


  9. "EPS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Knowledgeable coworkers and meaningful work

    Cons

    It can be very political


  10. "Investigator"

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    Current Employee - Investigator in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Investigator in Anchorage, AK

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

    Pros

    The work flexibility to work an alternate schedule is very appealing. I enjoy the opportunity to assist consumers with information and settlement of complaints.

    Cons

    Current budget issues with the state make it stressful for continued employment.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Wildland Fire Dispatcher"

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    Former Employee - WILDLAND FIRE DISPATCHER in Wasilla, AK
    Former Employee - WILDLAND FIRE DISPATCHER in Wasilla, AK

    I worked at State of Alaska (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of great teamwork to get the job done.

    Cons

    Union is not respondent to non-office workers.



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