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State of Utah Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
69 Reviews
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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.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  2.  

    Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  3.  

    Stressful but can be rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Worker
    Current Employee - Social Worker

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping 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.

    Cons

    We 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive. Show workers they are doing well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Not worth the stress

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

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

    Pros

    No "call off" due to patient census; retirement plan; sick time accrual; holiday time; vacation time.

    Cons

    Increased 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to all of the employees, not just the few. Get rid of the nepotism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    State of Utah Peon III

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

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bureaucratic 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Department of Technology Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DTS
    Current Employee - DTS

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great people, Poor Pay, Foster Mediocrity

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

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Merit 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 ManagementAdvice

    Drop the merit system, pay people what they are worth, naps are not a proper work activity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Technician in Blanding, UT
    Current Employee - Office Technician in Blanding, UT

    I have been working at State of Utah full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, long term career opportunities or advancement.

    Cons

    With the economy there is a lot of employee condensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more work incentives for the volume of work load.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Look for a job in the private sector

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits but they are starting to cut them

    Cons

    Pay is low
    Legislature keeps cutting funding so there is no job security
    Politics - decisions are based on perception

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are overworked and underpaid, cutting the benefits on top of that and you will loose them to the private sector

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    An OK place to work. You know what you're getting into...

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

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

    Pros

    Good medical/dental benefits, good retirement plan, good work/life balance, low stress, laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Managers micro-manage a lot. Pay is low. No room for advancement unless someone dies. New ideas/process improvements are not met with open minds.

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