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State of Arizona Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Contract company (KForce) provides a good benefits package and rate (in 24 reviews)

  • Stable Income - Long career, great Benefits (in 18 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. Helpful (1)

    "IT/ COMM Worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    GREAT customers, GREAT 1st & 2nd level mgmt., GREAT mission

    Cons

    1) NO PAY raises in >10 years
    2) State Mgmt too concerned w/ political ramifications, rather than mission
    3) Exec Mgmt strictly authoritarian/ seemingly NOT at all concerned with civilian employees
    4) Must work with/ customer base of Federal employees who receive regular yearly COLA
        raises- State employees do not (in > 10 years(unless you are Exec Mgmt). 'Tough!
    5) NEVER recognition or benefit from assuming new/ additional duties.
    6) Exec Mgmt apparently not at all concerned with civilian workforce (as demonstrated).
    7) One member of Exec Mgmt undertrained and under-educated- could be much of problem.
    8) Department Director seemingly unconcerned- again, could be much of the problem.

    Advice to Management

    1) Listen to employees
    2) Show genuine concern for employees
    3) Be fair in pay matters and develop plan to maintain workforce
    4) Revamp Department HR, they seemingly either don't know or don't care re: workforce.


  2. "Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This is a social service position providing life improvement benefits to the most vulnerable population so it is emotionally usually very rewarding; you are never bored!

    Cons

    It is a position of unending need, little recognition and pay too low for the hours required to do the job well.

    Advice to Management

    Support and encourage, don't demean and belittle. Provide consistent leadership and follow up with expectations of the management team to ensure equal treatment.


  3. "State of Arizona"

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

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good People, Opportunities to learn. Work on a wide range of tools and technologies. Challenging projects

    Cons

    Govt bureaucracy and slow processes. It is improving now with the implementation of LEAN principles.


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  5. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Longevity with this entity, good benefits, good salary, opportunities to promote

    Cons

    Low pay; not much room for promotion within department; job security tied to administration which can change every 4 years

    Advice to Management

    Make things simpler for your staff and engage with them to create a happy work environment.


  6. "Investigator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investigator in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Investigator in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work for me

    Cons

    Hiring freeze to anyone trying to get a job

    Advice to Management

    Great


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Can't trust them"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Medical & dental insurance are relatively inexpensive, deferred comp & retirement programs are lucrative, work is challenging (although effort is ignored; see below.).

    Cons

    When promoted to the supervisory level, individuals are taught to lie, treat former colleagues condescendingly, undervalue effort, and value nothing but quantity. They also take full advantage of their ability to fire anyone without cause.

    Advice to Management

    Start valuing effort and treating your employees with honesty and fairness. Purge those who give you "high numbers" but abysmal quality.


  8. "supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Program Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Regional Program Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at State of Arizona (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company and managers care about their staff

    Cons

    the clients are people who are retiring and don't really care about making good choices in health care

    Advice to Management

    goof


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Training Officer III"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Training Officer III in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Training Officer III in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at State of Arizona (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Government employment is rewarding and the benefits are the best. The State rarely lay-off which means job security. There is always room fro advancement.

    Cons

    No pay increases unless you promote. Regardless of a persons performance, a manager can dislike a person and let them go because of "At Will'. I think an employee should still be given a reason as to why their employment is ending.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your employees for their performance, attendance. etc.


  10. "Case Management Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Case Management Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Case Management Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I found my job Very Satisfying

    Cons

    drive into work and drive home lol

    Advice to Management

    I can be an asset to your organization


  11. "Habilitation Technician 2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Habilitation Technician II in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Habilitation Technician II in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits and plenty of paid holidays.

    Cons

    The pay scale is low compared to other jobs in the same field. Chain of command can be confusing.

    Advice to Management

    More input from the hands on staff.


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