State of Utah
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www.utah.gov Salt Lake City, UT 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 26, 2014

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Pros:
  • "Great Benefits with opportunities to anvance and diversify"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Progressive technology, great team of people to work with, good benefits"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "The salary as a state employee is far below what would be expected in the private sector"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Jobs are filled by upper management, even if the department manager objects"
    in 4 reviews
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    Juvenile Court senior probation officer

    Probation Officer III (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementProvide more training and opportunities for staff who are interested in advancing to management positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Really good honest hard work

    Eligibility Specialist (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

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

    ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable environment, that is has a good work-life balance.

    IT Analyst III (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsBenefits: Good Time Off, Good Retirement Plans, Good Health Care

    Overtime is compensated

    Overtime has to be approved by upper management which keeps work weeks typically at 40 hours.

    Training and mentoring occurs on a regular basis.

    ConsSome management tries to prevent you from using comp-time earned through overtime.

    Technical staff are not paid as much as found in private sector.

    Budgets are always shrinking, so raises are rare.

    No Paid Technical training.

    Multiple Departments have different agendas which sometime conflict with each other.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Manager (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsWorking for the State of Utah generally provides stable employment, and your coworkers will typically be wonderful people, at least in my experience.

    ConsWorking for the State of Utah historically has had great government benefits: health care, defined pension benefit plan, etc. however these have been steadily eroded by the legislature in recent years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe State of Utah is doing better financially than the vast majority of State governments in the country, so the recent erosion in salary and benefits is puzzling. If continued, the State will accelerate the loss of institutional memory and quality employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stressful but can be rewarding

    Social Worker (Current Employee)

    ProsHelping families change is rewarding. I have made some good friends in the office. We go and eat lunch together and try to support each other.

    ConsWe haven't had a raise in 5 years and then we got a 1% raise. Don't feel real supported by management. They are not afraid to fire people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more supportive. Show workers they are doing well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not worth the stress

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Draper, UT

    ProsNo "call off" due to patient census; retirement plan; sick time accrual; holiday time; vacation time.

    ConsIncreased costs of benefits; understaffed; 3-4 month hiring process, then another two months training before staff can actually work; unable to have a word in any decisions. Some administrators do not listen to suggestions from some employees, but will to their "favorites". An atmosphere of distrust among employees toward administration.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to all of the employees, not just the few. Get rid of the nepotism.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    State of Utah Peon III

    Peon III (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsStable with solid benefits. Work life balance isn't too bad either.

    ConsBureaucratic to the max. Its funny, there are many in the organization that eschew inefficient government bureaucracies. They believe they are above it all and their work follows the private sector. These are typically the worst offenders.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't make the perfect the enemy of the good just because you don't have to worry about the bottom line.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Department of Technology Services

    DTS (Current Employee)

    ProsJob stability
    CIO was let go
    Above average work life balance - work schedules, observed vacations, in house gyms, cafeterias
    Working with other agencies

    ConsManagement is not involved - unless an agency complains
    Grossly outdated, inefficient procedures
    Consistently ranks last in the state agency annual employee moral survey
    Jobs are filled by upper management, even if the department manager objects
    Little adherence to industry best practices
    Blame game environment
    1% raise in 3 years
    Lack of inter agency coordination - every agency for themselves
    A lot of politics
    The fired CIO's right hand man was not let go at the same time

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees as much as the state legislature and be available. Require managers and supervisors to learn their departments procedures, not leave employees alone to figure things out themselves. Take the employee moral survey seriously and act on it. Show up more than once a year at Christmas time to provide updates and obtain employee feedback. Get involved and take charge of rogue agencies that dictate internal policy rather than adhere to it. Promote employees and stand up for them when confronted by other agencies - at least give them the benefit of the doubt. Define clear career paths for employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, Poor Pay, Foster Mediocrity

    IT Analyst II (Former Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsGreat people who want to accomplish something great!, Working with people through out the State of Utah, Great Vacation Days (every national holiday), Willing to train or pay for training.

    ConsMerit system fosters Mediocrity (saw people reading novels, taking naps, etc at desks), poor pay raises (legislators have to approve pay increase rather than the boss)

    Advice to Senior ManagementDrop the merit system, pay people what they are worth, naps are not a proper work activity

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Professional, advancement opportunities, and a lot of good people to work with.

    Office Technician (Current Employee)
    Blanding, UT

    ProsBenefits, long term career opportunities or advancement.

    ConsWith the economy there is a lot of employee condensation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more work incentives for the volume of work load.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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