State of Utah Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
67 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Progressive technology, great team of people to work with, good benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • Great Benefits with opportunities to anvance and diversify (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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  1.  

    Boring

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    Former Employee - Auditor  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Auditor in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at State of Utah full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easy Job once you figure out the loopholes

    Cons

    Government duldrum work and underappreciated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Working at the State of Utah DTS was rewarding because of so many opportunities to use latest technology in the job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Utah full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to use latest and greatest technology IF you can get it approved
    Progressive management in most positions.
    Fun, healthy environment
    A lot of opportunity for advancement and career enhancement
    Flexible work schedules
    Decent compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy and slow implementation
    Not at the high end of compensation.
    Commute times are relatively high for the type of position and compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in outside experience and young blood

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Licensing Tech

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    Current Employee - Licensing Tech  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Licensing Tech in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Regular work hours, job security.

    Cons

    Some managers are not proficient at their jobs. It causes a lot of extra work for those under them. There is not a lot of communication between them. It is obvious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to get to know your professions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Stable employment

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at State of Utah full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good insurance policy for those who pass probationary period

    Cons

    Hard to advance as many are selected because of who they are pals with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Juvenile Court senior probation officer

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    Current Employee - Probation Officer III
    Current Employee - Probation Officer III

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Working with the State of Utah Department of Workforce Services has been challenging and rewarding.

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

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Experience working with special populations and various temporary assistance programs.
    - Allows you to help the public and make a difference.
    - Provides a flexible work schedule and paid time off.
    - Health insurance benefits are great.

    Cons

    - The job can sometimes get stressful with continually changing goals and standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may help to stay consistent with standards put in place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Manager
    Current Employee - Laboratory Manager

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst III  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - IT Analyst III in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits: 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.

    Cons

    Some 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Working 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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