State of Arizona Reviews

Updated 10 October 2014
Updated 10 October 2014
62 Reviews
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Pros
  • They have a good benefits and retirement programs (in 13 reviews)

  • Low Supervision Great benefits low experience (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, not much opportunity for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper Management is quite clueless to the real needs of IT (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Services Evaluator II

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    Current Employee - Program Services Evaulator in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Program Services Evaulator in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working for Family Assistance Administration is very rewarding. The benefits are also great

    Cons

    Upper management gets away with unethical behaviors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Family Assistance Administration Management needs to look at themselves, their behaviors and how they treat their staff. The money already isn't that great. Add on top of that crappy management and staff will continue to drop like flies and move on to other positions or companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Child Protective Service

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    Former Employee - Case Manager
    Former Employee - Case Manager

    I worked at State of Arizona full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is rewarding to know you have rescued a child from a dangerous environment. Working with the children is a wonderful experience.

    Cons

    Horrible things happen to children, that is the worst part about being a CPS case manager. Next to that, the hardest thing is having to work along side people who are on a power trip and judge people as if they were God himself. They love lording their power over these helpless parents, and document all their encounters from the perspective that any child they remove from any home for any reason should never have to return. It is so sad, because most of the time, the kids only want their parents back, and the parents only want their kids back, but the process is so demanding and difficult that people lose hope, and despair takes over, and hopeless, desperate people are more likely to do drugs and other things that got their children removed in the first place. Instead of all parties working toward the goal of reconciliation, many times the result, which could have been as simple as education, results in a full-blown tragedy, Everyone deceives everyone - parents try to deceive CPS and CPS reciprocates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't stoop to the level of your clients. It is understood that parents with problems severe enough to bring harm to their children are going to be deceptive and rude, but when a professional social worker responds with the same behavior, chaos ensues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Juvenile Corrections

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Arizona

    Pros

    The best reason to work at ADJC has got to be helping the youth. If that is not your number 1 reason to want to work for them, then this is not the job for you. Job security, excellent benefits, a 20 year retirement plan, above average pay and it is very easy to promote once you are in.

    Cons

    The politics of working for the state such as; things change under different governors and officials. Internal investigations polices employees although they would like you to believe they are policing the youth. Constant stress of dealing with difficult youth combined with some bad management (not all). Also: keep in mind that not everyone is there for the right reasons, and security is sometimes on a different page than unit staff which causes conflict when dealing with the youth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To unit managers: Get on the same page as your employees and spend more time on the units as opposed to being in administration procrastinating with upper management.

    To administrators: remember what it was like to be a lower level staff, and never forget that they are the people who hold everything together.

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    Varies depending on branch of government

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Arizona part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, if your building has a cafeteria in it good food as well at reasonable rates

    Cons

    IT Management doesn't understand basic IT concepts, but if it works others don't care how ugly systems are behind the curtain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote standards, statewide software licensing, auditing BEFORE security issues arise.

    Neutral Outlook
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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unfortunately the image of a state run agency is correct. DES might be the next CPS

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    Current Employee - Program Interviewer in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Program Interviewer in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I have been working at State of Arizona full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great medical benefits, Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Outdated equipment, Union manager still run the offices and everyone is afraid of their own shadow. Pay is very low with little opportunity to increase it even with good to excellent reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop training for attrition, start retaining good quality employees, the people of Arizona deserve it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    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 (US)
    Former Employee - Youth Corrections Officer II in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No ambition? This is the place for you

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Auditor in Phoenix, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    Won't get fired even if you're a drunk. Great if you have no ambition or are a drunk.

    Cons

    Low pay, not much opportunity for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    It was ok.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Arizona

    Pros

    A lot of good people their

    Cons

    Too many rule folleres every one CYA's all the time out of fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Not what I expected

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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