Lcra Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
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  1. Nice people, but "clicky"

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at Lcra as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice work environment
    Fairly casual, yet professional for the most part
    Decent benefits
    Reasonable autonomy

    Cons

    Very odd team building and bonding activities.
    Uneven application of rules and favoritism
    Occasional nanny-sitting
    Straw ceiling - you're not going to advance if you're not from the LCRA service area

    Advice to Management

    Overall it's a nice organization, but the good ole boy/girl thing is a bit heavy. Also, if some folks are having lunch and it's past 1, perhaps it was because they were wrapping up things and couldn't get to lunch until later. For the most part employees are given a lot of autonomy and most folks were quite productive, but sometimes HR would get involved in the oddest things and waste a lot of meeting time and energy on trivial matters. They meant well, but often we'd leave meetings having no idea what they were referring to.

  2. Great potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lcra Food Specialist in Reno, TX
    Current Employee - Lcra Food Specialist in Reno, TX

    I have been working at Lcra part-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good food, personal growth, leadership, training

    Cons

    bad food, training, benefits, salary, commute

    Advice to Management

    decent food

  3. Good experience, learned a lot about doing services

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Lcra full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are generally nice

    Cons

    The 5 re-orgs is a lot to deal with

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your people

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  5. The organization has changed in the past year

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PMO Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - PMO Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Lcra full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Relatively good benefits
    Relatively good pay - compared to jobs with state
    The rank and file are good folks

    Cons

    The management has become more autocratic and political over the past year
    The work environment has deteriorated and morale of many employees is low
    There is more fear and anxiety due to layoffs and the impending loss of customers in 2016

    Advice to Management

    Practice two way communication that was touted a year ago.

  6. Very Liberal

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Professional Business in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Professional Business in Austin, TX

    I worked at Lcra full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively large outfit with opportunity to advance and change career directions. The benefits are adequate to good, and the HQ offices are nice. They're located on Lake Austin and adjacent to the Hula Hut (restaurant on the water).

    Cons

    While most of the people are very friendly (mainly the older crowd that have been there for decades), there is a liberal bias amongst the staff. It seems as though hiring mgrs prefer people with that slant and hire accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing a liberal, politically correct agenda!

  7. It has more to offer for less qualified people compared to those with better education and experience & qualifications

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Lcra

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    stability in (energy) regulated business. Friendly work environment. Lots of volunteer opportunities. Benefits are ok. People who had opportunity of having a pension plan is working good.

    Cons

    Work flexibility/Telecommute option is not there in many areas where it is possible considering the envionment goals.It is not unusual to see people will lower qualification get promotion or higher pay. Having a higher education/licenses/more experience doesn't mean much. A project manager with no good education or knowledge has more chances wo beat you. HR is no different that

    Advice to Management

    Need to look into cross function area or departments. Lot of descripancies in how much people work and get paid.

  8. Need more communication

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Lcra

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work enviroment, work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of communication for employees

  9. Helpful (3)

    The state agency mission is laudable; but the slow pace is not for everyone

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Lcra

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the assets and the liabilities of LCRA. Putting in a fair amount of initiative can make you appear as a high achiever. Very hard to fire people, so in a way there is a high level of job security. The majority of my peers are good, nice people who fit well working for a state agency like LCRA. The family analogy is used frequently, I would agree (although there is clearly good and bad things about running a state agency like a family owned business.

    Cons

    The entitlement attitude of the employees is LCRA's achille's heel. Average tenure of an employee seems to be well over 10 years; thus there is a huge amount of inertia to get anything done within a reasonable time. Time is something LCRA has plenty of, so there is no hurry to do anything efficiently. If you've worked in the private sector, then moving to LCRA should make you pause; don't be fooled, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...it's a duck. LCRA is a state agency with all of its quirky employees who couldn't survive in the private sector and have a home serving the mission of LCRA.

    Advice to Management

    Although change can occur in any direction (top down; bottom up), LCRA is starving for mid management leadership.

  10. Various on Department and Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Communications in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Lcra

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work. Allowed to balance personal and work life.

    Cons

    Too Political. Decisions made for politics and not for employees or customers.

    Advice to Management

    Moved up based on who they know, not how they manage

  11. Wholesale Power Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at Lcra

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    LCRA has a reputation of stable employment, great benefits and impactful work while maintaining a generous amount of time to enjoy Austin outside of work.

    Cons

    The company is slow moving and stable by design. There are not many avenues to pursue training at the beginning of one's career.

    Advice to Management

    Management has a strong understanding of the needs of the company and its employees.

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