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State of Utah Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
71 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • Progressive technology, great team of people to work with, good benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Great Benefits with opportunities to anvance and diversify (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is low, not a lot of growth opportunities (in 7 reviews)

  • The salary as a state employee is far below what would be expected in the private sector (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful people to work with but LOW SALARIES and NEPOTISM.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at State of Utah full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is generally professional and co-workers are incredibly friendly.

    Cons

    Elected officials score political points by keeping state employee salaries far below market value. Jobs that do pay well are awarded to friends and family. I lost motivation to seek stick with this employer after I witnessed two separate incidences of nepotism. To make matters worse, people didn't seem to think there was anything wrong with nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    State employee salaries do not need to be sky-high but they must be set near, if not at, average market levels. Otherwise the people who carry out your policies are going to struggle to maintain motivation. If you treat your employees well, they will always perform at a higher level and that is the goal of Utah's legislature and executive arms. Then citizens will receive even better service from state employees.

    Nepotism also hurts performance. When an aspiring employee sees a job awarded to management's under qualified friend or family member they conclude that hard work does not pay here. They would be right to believe this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Department of Corrections

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gunnison, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gunnison, UT

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good coworkers. Interesting work. It will change your perspective.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. Masculine perspective from both staff and inmates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking and DO something

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    High achievers not recognized

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours.
    Multiple challenging tasks.
    Time to learn new technologies.
    No pressure environment.

    Cons

    Incompetency is accepted and even promoted.
    Innovation is not rewarded by recognition or advancement.
    New programmers hired in at higher wages than existing employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward high achievers, It is hard when they have to show folks who make more than they do how to do their job.
    Make evaluations stand for something and let staff evaluate their supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Not too great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Desktop Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Desktop Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good retirement and health benifits

    Cons

    Full of mediocre middle management and abusive supervisors. Salaries are overinflated for managers and directors, the little people are paid peanuts. Negative reinforcement is the management style, ignorance of complaints and inflexible and rigorous are the rules and policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trying treating people like human beings. Realize that your need to take care of the engine's components in order for it to functions at its' best

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Boring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auditor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Auditor in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Easy Job once you figure out the loopholes

    Cons

    Government duldrum work and underappreciated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Utah full-time (more than an 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
  8.  

    Licensing Tech

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  9.  

    Stable employment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at State of Utah full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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

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