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State of Arizona Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • Contract company (KForce) provides a good benefits package and rate (in 24 reviews)

  • Great benefits, Awesome co-workers, retirement plan, holidays off (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay; not much room for promotion within department; job security tied to administration which can change every 4 years (in 15 reviews)

  • 11% mandatory retirement contribution, no raises, no annual cost of living allowances (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Department of Economic security... just not for you"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    medical insurance is the only thing worth any thing here

    Cons

    low moral over worked under paid


  2. Helpful (1)

    "State of Arizona does not value their employees at all."

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist IV in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - IT Specialist IV in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Co workers help make the work environment bearable.

    Cons

    Management does not appreciate the talent and experience of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Since basically making all employees ... at will ... anyone can be fired at any time for no legitimate reason, often so management can bring in their 'friends' or 'relatives' who have little experience and/or talent to replace existing employees. Lowest moral I have ever experienced in 40+ years experience working as an IT Professional.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Personnel Are Viewed As Liabilities - Not Assets"

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    Current Employee - Compliance Officer - Health-Safety
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer - Health-Safety
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some positions pay a livable wage - - most do not and are 25-40% less than private sector position.

    Cons

    No promotional system.
    Favored few get pay raises while higher quality staff are discouraged to excel.
    Training only provided if federal government pays for it.
    Academic studies and hard data analysis are irrelevant. Only majority partisan views are valid - - forget the facts.
     Management does not like personnel that are smarter than them.

    Advice to Management

    View and reward personnel as assets.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "DCSFS/CPS"

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    Current Employee - Ongoing Case Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Ongoing Case Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The schedule is flexible and co-workers are awesome. Insurance is also very good.

    Cons

    The hours, the emotional distress, the crying, being threatened by parents, having to essentially be on-call 24/7 and dropping things in your personal life if a crises pops up. Most everyone in this field is lazy and those that actually care about their job suffer.

    Advice to Management

    This whole system needs to be reworked and redone.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Office chief"

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    Former Employee - Office Chief in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Office Chief in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension, health benefits, and the ability to impact the state in a positive way.

    Cons

    Politics, low salaries, poor management, lack of professionalism, lack of integrity, poor growth opportunities, reorganizations every 6 months for 7 years.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more management training. Develop internal talent. Establish high expectations for professionalism.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "tax payers dole"

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    Former Employee - PSE III in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - PSE III in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    hire the best to get the best


  8. "Not what I expected"

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    None


  11. Helpful (1)

    "No growth..good to join when your brain stopped working"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you don't like to work, this is the best place.

    Cons

    All around old people, pathetic work culture. People are more concerned about their makeups, dresses, shoes..., obviously they don't have much work so they end up discussing the same😁. People have weird looks towards the people who come from different cultural background! I would never recommend it to anyone especially those who come from private sectors and have enthusiasm and aggression towards work!!!


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