Public Defender Agency - Best awkward place to work ever
Analyst/Programmer II (Former Employee) – Anchorage, AK – September 15, 2016
Working with the criminal justice system one gets to see many things from disturbing to outrageous. This is the best job I have ever had working with people who exemplify professionalism and good character. There is a lot of pressure because lives are at stake but the Lawyers and staff who work here handle it wonderfully if not at times disturbingly. They celebrate success, and are quick to offer encouragement for failures. Management is understanding and cooperative, there are only a few I can think of who struggle with work/life balance mostly in "upper management." Just do you job, come to me with solutions, don't waste my time are the basic expectations and they really aren't difficult to accomplish. One would be very blessed to take a position with this agency.
Maintenance Generalist (Former Employee) – Palmer, AK – March 6, 2016
Working for the State of Alaska is a great experience. Great Managment and people. It is great to work around educated people. You can only work 7.5 hours per day due to the fact that State employees are furloughed. Working 37.5 hours per week is great to spend more time with family. The benefits are fair as well as the pay. Vacation accrues fairly fast, and again allows more time to be around family and friends.
I recommend this employer for anyone that cares about their mental health and strong family values.
Program Coordinator (Former Employee) – Juneau, AK – June 22, 2016
Direct management was solid. Upper management were political appointees - not always tuned to operations. This job was mostly about following the annual cycle, although there were interesting side projects. Encountered some staff that were simply grinding out the days till retirement, although daily managers made every effort to make the days worthwhile.
Learned new productivity software and was able to provide training for division staff.
Hardest part: government bureaucracy was often very illogical and change resistant
Best part: Great supervisor, excellent team members
Working with state economists, opportunities to present training
Deputy Director (Former Employee) – Juneau, AK – August 5, 2015
I could have done almost no work and had an extended career. Unfortunately I am not wired that way and I implemented change. Change that streamlined budget, staffing and production. Very successful. However, new administration needed more malleable people to work with and I became expendable.
Best team of people I ever worked with and I enjoyed every minute.
Hardest part was not being able to convince executives to allow the team to continue on the path we had analyzed and determined to be the best for future growth. No vision from leadership.
Interestingly enough after I was gone, the State implemented my plan. (our Plan as many people contributed.
Exempt employee, had a resignation letter on file at all times.
Great opportunity for advancement, growth and long-term security
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Juneau, AK – December 7, 2015
My family moved to Alaska for Military obligations upon several Tours of Duty. I found it amazing in so many ways and was able to learn a lot and appreciate the nature. I found employment for the State of Alaska Government Center full of training, opportunities and enjoyed my time there.
Office Assistant I (Current Employee) – Juneau, AK 99801 – May 5, 2016
Very fast paste environment, multiple duties from 8-4:30. I have learned a lot from WANS to distributing in bound mail to scanning confidential documents in to file folders sorting and disregarding return mail. My management staff are so wonderful, well knowledge people and always there to help with work load if need and/or questions. On the other hand my co-worker, well i feel like this team is the best that i have ever worked with in all my adult life so far. I would have to say that there is no hard part about my job. The most enjoyable part of my job is that i get to see a wide variety my peers and co-workers with a smile on their faces no matter how bad the work load is .
Friendly but professional, easy days and aloud to have headphones on to work
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game outstanding in resource management.
Deckhand (Former Employee) – Port Angeles, WA – January 8, 2013
I am grateful for my commercial fishing opportunities and acknoledge the State of Alaska for my benefits in life. The hatcheries throughout the State are self contained resource, that other States should follow. The crab rationalisation now that is a different opinion. Hundreds thrown ashore with no livlihood and I am so thankful for the State of Washington in their effort towards my future in my professional maritime career. Without D.V.R. and their assistance, my conquest could of never of happened. I am so thankful for my M.M.C. and the training in which I acquired throughout the State. F/V Sea Breaker F/V Determined F/V Autumn Dawn F/V Constellation F/V Westling
The State of Alaska is an employer who is surviving the poor economy and there are many positions open and room for advancements.
Criminal Justice Technician (Current Employee) – Fairbanks, AK – June 24, 2012
I have been working with the State of Alaska for three years now. The State offers excellent pay, benefits, retirement, and paid time off. The State of Alaska does not judge you solely on your education. However, the State of Alaska would rather hire you based on your work ethic and experience. This will allow you to progress throughout your career even without a college degree. If I wasn’t moving to Washington, to escape the cold. I could honestly say that I would have retired with the State of Alaska. They truly know how to take care of their employees and will work with you in every situation that may arise. Just be sure that you can survive and cope with the extreme elements of Alaska.
great pay, great benefits, great retirement, east to promote within, can be hired solely on your work experience.
Employment Security Specialist lA (Former Employee) – Fairbanks – January 8, 2014
I worked at the Unemployment Claim Center, answering phones in a queue, opening unemployment claims and adjudicating nonmonetary decisions. I was hired on long term temporary position. I learned so much about the codes and laws that govern unemployment in the State of Alaska and learned how to be accountable for my work and be more detail oriented. When I worked for them it was the beginning of the federal emergency unemployment compensation and the work load was staggering. The whole office worked productively and diligently under the supervision of the one of the best supervisors that I have ever worked with.
Supportive to the notion of career advancement and self-improvement
Critical Infrastructure Protection Supervisor (Current Employee) – Anchorage, AK – July 24, 2015
The State of Alaska provides supportive management and well-rounded training. The culture is conducive to employee compliance, but unfortunately, the low pay leads to high turnover, which leads to inconsistent management practices.
Fast-paced work environment with a variety of tasks.
Ferry Terminal Assistant I (Former Employee) – Juneau, Alaska – June 2, 2014
My position performed a variety of tasks. Selling tickets, customer assistance, answering phones, warehouse management, landscaping, snow-plowing, heavy equipment operating, security, maintain cleanliness of terminal and surrounding areas, tying up large passenger vessels and other duties as needed. My co-workers were wonderful people to work with. The hardest part of my work day would be tying up ships in pouring rain/freezing weather, while helping travelers was my most enjoyable part of my day.
Great benefits, variety of tasks, positive work environment.
Accountant II (Current Employee) – Juneau, AK – December 6, 2013
A typical day at work involves routine and structure. I learned to request additional work to keep busy and contribute to the work environment. Management varies, best recommendation is to establish expectations of the working relationship to maximize potential. Generally co-workers are friendly, helpful, and cooperative. The hardest part of the job is to get your supervisors to delegate additional duties. The most enjoyable part of the job is the environment including the pleasant co-workers.
Environmental Service Journeyman (Current Employee) – Wasilla, AK – August 21, 2015
I like working for the state it has great benefits. I do think that they should get paid more espescially in my department . The management that i am under i do not think they do there jobs accordly to the policy and procedures i have gone to chain of command when issues arrised did not like the outcome; nothing got done.
College Intern I/II (Former Employee) – Juneau, AK – January 15, 2015
My position at the State of Alaska, Division of Retirement and Benefits was overall positive. I worked as a college intern and was able to make my own schedule as long as it was within business hours and I did not work more than 7.5 hours in a day. I was able to learn a great deal of clerical and other office experience during my time at this time.
Flexible schedule for educational advancements, good pay.
Limited hours could work within, was a desk job and generally very sedentary, no benefits as an intern.