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Employment with the state: It can be rewarding, but apathy and incompetence are a bit too commonplace

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Laboratory Manager
Current Employee - Laboratory Manager

I have been working at State of Utah full-time (More than 8 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Recommends
Neutral Outlook

Pros

Unique experiences which would be hard to obtain in other settings. Good benefits including pension. Company goals, values, and accomplishments are meaningful, and valuable to the community.

Cons

It can be very hit-or-miss with regards to management. Many areas have very reasonable managers/supervisors that work well and encourage and reward employees, other areas have terrible managers with terrible interpersonal skills and a complete lack of professionalism. In my experience, incompetent individuals have been promoted to management based merely on their incompetence at performing their duties, and it was easier to promote than to go through the process of building a case for termination. In general I would say that this is becoming less common, and HR is getting better at preventing such things, but incompetence is still all to common.
Raises, bonuses, and incentives are essentially non-existent, which leads to general apathy.

Advice to Management

It can be very hit-or-miss with regards to management. Many areas have very reasonable managers/supervisors that work well and encourage and reward employees, other areas have terrible managers with terrible interpersonal skills and a complete lack of professionalism. In my experience, incompetent individuals have been promoted to management based merely on their incompetence at performing their duties, and it was easier to promote than to go through the process of building a case for termination. In general I would say that this is becoming less common, and HR is getting better at preventing such things, but incompetence is still all to common.
Raises, bonuses, and incentives are essentially non-existent, which leads to general apathy.

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  1. Really good honest hard work

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    Current Employee - Eligibility Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Eligibility Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good people, a good chance for promotions, an organization that really tries to do its best and is accountable to taxpayers' money.

    Cons

    You can feel like a sausage in the grinder because there is not a lot of variety in this job. But, you can definitely learn a ton at Dept of Workforce Services.

    Advice to Management

    I am struck by the amount of turnover for Specialists, especially given the large amount of time and money spent to train for a difficult job. Please try to hold onto people longer and work on improving staff morale.

  2. Juvenile Court senior probation officer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Probation Officer III
    Current Employee - Probation Officer III

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The state has excellent benefits including generous vacation and sick leave, good health insurance at a very reasonable price, and good retirement benefits. State employees also have a lot more job stability then the private sector. Working for the state allows a good balance of work / personal life.

    Cons

    The salary as a state employee is far below what would be expected in the private sector. Also, any secondary employment has to be approved and cannot have any potential conflicts of interest making it very hard to find a second job that uses your job skills. Another con is the lack of opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training and opportunities for staff who are interested in advancing to management positions.

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