Management Assistant (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – November 29, 2018
Maricopa County can be a great place to work depending on what department or location you are employed. Some areas are treated quite unfairly compared to others, but that's something that you need to watch for before accepting an offer for a specific position. Overall, the organization focuses on training, employee satisfaction, and collaboration which is great. Most people think that being employed at the County provides wonderful benefits, but really, it isn't anything more than a private company as you pay for many of the benefits yourself. During my employ with the County, I was under great management yet I felt as though the employees tend to get overlooked when the Board makes their decisions. Another thing when accepting a position within the county is keep in mind that large firms like this are filled with cliques and it takes a true extrovert to break through some of the barriers.
Do not work here. The management, people and lack of training were horrible. I wanted to file a complaint. I saw 2 great employees get fired over politics. Everyone is very cliquey and there is a lack of peer support. Find another place to work. The county is great as I have worked for another court, but this place is not. Save yourself some time and energy.
Social Services Director - Head Start Program (Former Employee) – Mesa, AZ – November 3, 2018
I had 5 different bosses within6 months. I never knew what was expected of me because each new boss had new priorities. It was very difficult to feel comfortable or accomplish anything because the game kept changing.
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – October 30, 2018
DO NOT APPLY HERE unless you enjoy being micromanaged, low salary, a toxic-negative cut-throat work environment, no perks i.e., flex schedules, comp time earned, no training/travel unless you are in management or one of the favorites of management, evaluations are dismal if given at all and beware because you will never receive anything higher than a "meets job requirements" regardless of your efforts thus, hard work, dedication, and loyalty are not rewarded. There is extreme mistrust of ALL employees beginning with the "clocking-in" requirement for everyone except management, they on the other hand may come and go as they please, take long lunches, leave early, come in late etc., however, for those not in management you can expect to be reprimanded if you clock in one minute early or late, breaks are discouraged and it is written into policy "breaks are allowed at management's discretion" and if you do take one you are being watched and timed and can be reprimanded for taking a break due to "work constraints" which is always the case due to the chronic high turn over rate.
This is not a family-friendly environment, they do not care if you need to take your sick child to the doctor or stay home with your sick child or other family member, they expect you to go to work regardless of circumstances however, management may take off as much time as they like and not just a day or two, they exercise special privileges and may take weeks off at a time while upper management turns a blind eye. The daily office environment is excruciatingly long, difficult, and painful due to themore... mountain of work employees are constantly underneath, you must work twice as hard on a constant basis due to the chronic under-staffing issue. Also, you will never be recognized, promoted or given a raise that will actually make much of a difference (it's never anything significant) and there are no bonuses for anyone, those funds are reserved for Team Management, who are rewarded privately/confidentially. Although this is a "government office" they can and often do fire people at will which explains their probation policy. If you find another position within the County and it's considered a "promotion" you must serve another 12 months of probation. From all appearances they seem to thrive on the witch hunt of finding reasons to terminate and it's rarely handled professionally, there is no discretion exercised whatsoever, the employee is monitored closely and not allowed to take anything except their clothes, wallet/purse then the employee is escorted from the office in front of peers, colleagues, visitors/the public etc.
I would advise anyone to run the other way, find employment at a municipality or better yet with the federal government where there is much better and equal pay, flexible schedules, training/travel for all employees, higher evaluation ratings that include time-off awards and bonuses given to all employees for exceeding job requirements, these things do exist in other government agencies unfortunately, they DO NOT exist at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office unless of course you are part of Team Management.
Arizona (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – October 4, 2018
Little room for advancement opportunity, slow moving changes, outdated systems, no flexible work schedules, no paid time for new parents, low wages with board approved raises between 0-3.0%, salary suppression based on compensation practices, no training for new employees. Offers tuition reimbursement and internal training opportunities that are not utilized by management. Most of the people are really caring individuals who want to help support others.
Clerk of the Court - Courtroom Clerk (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – September 28, 2018
Work in for Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was a very good teaching job. I learned a lot about my job but also learned a lot myself. The when I transferred to Clerk of the Count I think that was the best job I have ever had. It was interesting, exciting and fun. I worked for a couple of great judges and made several new friends.
Health Unit Clerk/Coordinator (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – September 25, 2018
Excellent employee benefits. Pay scale low. Great people to work with. Excellent training and on-going education. Learned many skills working at Maricopa County. High quality interaction with doctors, nurses, medical staff.
All Staff are there to help probationers become productive citizens and keep the community safe
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Phoenix – September 14, 2018
I do not think you will find a career or job that is more interesting than working for the Court in Maricopa County. No day will ever be the same for you. You will become very familiar with numerous computer prorams. There are many educational opportunities and the benefits are awesome.
Great staff (including executive staff) and benefits, always interesting work. Promotes from within.
It is stressful to work for the Court, due to the need for complete accuracy and numerous deadlines, You are required to travel to meetings and trainings, Low pay for job expectations.
Detention Officer (Former Employee) – Phoenix – August 31, 2018
This was the worst place I have ever worked. The environment is to toxic and the supervisors are even worse. I would never recommend this job to anyone and in fact I have turned people away from this job.
Legal Support Supervisor (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – August 13, 2018
Currently Retired from the county. I had great opportunities moving to different Bureaus to learn about different cases and procedures. The best experience I had was charging different types of cases in major crimes.
Librarian (Current Employee) – Library – July 28, 2018
This review is aimed specifically at the libraries.
Quite simply: Maricopa County is a lousy place to be a librarian.
1) You have zero creative control. Only upper-level management (who don't work at the actual libraries) order books. You don't get to create posters or advertisements for programming. Your input on policies is absolutely meaningless. You are a cog... and the machine is vast.
2) Management is horrendous. It is a massive bureaucracy bleeding the taxpayers of this wasteland they call greater Phoenix dry, and is utterly disconnected from the realities of library work "in the trenches." Leadership within the specific libraries is far more concerned with rigorous enforcement of ridiculous rules than they are actual customer service (or a common-sense approach to HR). Employees are required to set (and then meet) three "personal goals" for improvement per year. Closed-door sit-downs are common; much time is wasted on needless posturing by mid-level managers. Oh, and cliquish culture dominates - if you didn't like grousing, vapid clusters of whispering girls in middle school, this probably isn't your cup of tea.
On a macro scale, the director and assistant director of the libraries are rarely (if ever) seen - I know people who have been working in the system for over a year and have never met either. How can a person claim to be a "library director" if they don't even know the MLS librarians (let alone the library assistants) working under them?
3) Hours are bad. It's an 8-5 schedule (many libraries elsewhere work 9-5), and several locations are open 7more... days a week. There are very few holidays (you get only a single day off for Christmas). Staff are expected to work one night and one weekend day per week. Prepare to kiss your social life goodbye.
4) The libraries don't use Dewey Decimal - they dropped it in favor of some screwy by-subject system that winds up doing stupid things to shelving (such as depositing biographies across the entire expanse of adult nonfiction). Moreover, for libraries that tend to serve very, VERY heavily post-retirement populations, most of whom only know Dewey (since they moved here from other places to die in this cauldron of fire), the choice is both bizarre and infuriating. You are CONSTANTLY having to go off-desk to re-educate people on how to find books.
Do yourself a favor and find a job elsewhere. If you like Arizona, move to Flagstaff. If you're absolutely dead-set on the desert, try Tuscon or Prescott. Avoid this place like the plague.less
Animal Control Officer (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – July 26, 2018
Working there is very stressful not enough staff to do the job required management are unqualified for the job you must really like animals to be able to work there hours are great benefits are great and also the retirement is great
Judicial Clerk (Former Employee) – Chandler, AZ – July 26, 2018
The employees were cliquey and made one feel alienated. The office environment was frustrating and filled with gossip. The high point of the employees' week was a potluck. When there wasn't a potluck (which was at least twice a month), the employees consistently discussed food. The manager provides conversation and favors to those employees that have been friends the longest. There are no warnings when one has done something poor or incorrect. Breaks were a privilege and not a right. No formal training. Employees are required to complete a certain amount of hours for county classes, and required to complete points for a discounted healthcare package.
Cliquey Employees, Excessive Potlucks, Bad Management
Case Manager (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – July 14, 2018
Working for Senior Program was hostile. It was hard go to office and know that your boss dont like you. All of the case managers get along good and we do good job with our clients. Our work was never good enough for the boss. He all about numbers and if you dont agree with his thoughts, ideas and suggestions then he dont like you. Alot of good workers left this position because of one person. Benefits are good. Underpaid with high caseloads.
Benefits, State retirement
high caseloads, no written policies or procedures for senior progam