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    Licensing Tech

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

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    • 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 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
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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)

    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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    Juvenile Court senior probation officer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

    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
  6.  

    Really good honest hard work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

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    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Stressful but can be rewarding

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    • 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
  10.  

    Not worth the stress

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    • 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
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    State of Utah Peon III

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    • 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

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