State of Texas Reviews

Updated April 2, 2014
Updated April 2, 2014
56 Reviews

3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits; opportunities; good people you Work with (in 10 reviews)

  • health insurance, flexible hours to extent, coworkers, learning new things (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • It's not feasible to try running a public agency like it's the private sector (in 5 reviews)

  • 30% under payed compared to private industry heavy workload (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Texas

    Pros

    Somewhat stable opportunity. Not like a small company. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Bloated budgets, poor interoffice communication. Politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience with the State of Texas is that there are no raises and bonuses on a regular basis.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You have medical insurance that the state pays for.

    Cons

    You only get paid monthly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build on espirit de corp and give an incentive to continue in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    don't work for rick perry

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

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time

    Pros

    good salary for public sector

    Cons

    horrible internal communication, crappy management, hostile work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    act like you care even if you don't. COMMUNICATE!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    State employment

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

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    steady but unspectacular, good holidays and benefits.

    Cons

    no raises because of budget issues

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    This is not a place to work if you value ongoing training and advancement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at State of Texas

    Pros

    Stable employment; average employee in professional capacity over 15 years with most deciding to take retirement upon achieving 30 years. Bonus incentive for longevity after 2 years.

    Cons

    No real advancement in terms of promotion. Most opportunities are temporary positions. There is no ongoing training provided. The salaries are not marketable. The benefits have been cut significantly over the years. Aside from early retirement, the benefit package is no longer comparable to private industry. Many positions are not used to their own capacities and employees are not challenged to produce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide assignments befitting the level of the position. Use the resources at your disposal as opposed to hiring extensive contracting resources. Provide ongoing professional and technical training.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Not the best place to work

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

    I worked at State of Texas

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, if you like to be busy and like overtime and exteme deadlines, this place is for you.

    Cons

    Overworked, unbalanced workload, lots of travel and upon return to the office work will be stacked up against you. Management that has no idea as to how system works or what is required to do the job and time frames.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what you are asking of workers so you have a better understanding of distributing work load

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Good place to work if your position is well established and important to the agency.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 State of Texas

    Pros

    Salaries commensurate with IT industry
    Leadership allows good balance between life and work
    DIR is lead agency for Information Technology for the State of Texas

    Cons

    Poor staff morale
    Poor communication between rank and file and executive management
    Divisions and staff tends to isolate themselves and share little information about their projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a thourough assessment of current personnel and their capabilities before bringing in new employees. Pay more attention to the needs of the rank and file staff because they have no confidence in sharing problems or issues with top management. Get out of the executive suite more often.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    easy job

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

    I have been working at State of Texas

    Pros

    management is ok when you need time away from work for personal reasons like a doctor appointment. lots of time time off days for state holidays.

    Cons

    no annual raise, allow employees to be lazy. keep raising HMO copays - gone from $20 to $25. and increased copay minimum from $1,000 to $2,000. budgetary restraints have destroyed all morale. everyone is worried their job will be cut. many people retire and begin earning a monthly stipend, than come back to work full-time - called "double dipping". let these people work instead of hiring new people who want to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not be afraid to ask more of your employees. expect people to work, not just sit and earn a small paycheck.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Texas

    Pros

    The state has excellent benefits and workplace facilities.

    Cons

    Management places self interest above the interest of the organization, its employees and it and its customers. Managers commonly take credit for subordinates work, and are hostile to employees who refuse to kowtow to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The agency should seek to truly provide value and competent leadership to serve the best interests of the state and its taxpayers, while rebuilding the agency's integrity & reputation.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing - reputation of great benefits (compared to private sector)/opportunities for promotion were unfounded.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at State of Texas

    Pros

    Even though it is completely wasteful and inefficient, I am still proud to be part of social services - helping those who need a hand up in bad times.

    Cons

    I was hoping for job security, great benefits for me and my family, and an opportunity to be promoted from within. As it turns out, TX HHSC is essentially in a hiring freeze for many positions and as we have lost employees due to attrition, we haven't been allowed to fill those vacated positions. Instead, the rest of the employees have taken on the additional work with no pay raises in years and no compensation or promotions. In terms of benefits: I gross $2900/per month and after taxes and paying for life insurance and defering 1% to my 401k, and paying appr. $500 for health insurance for me and my husband and my child (with no previous health issues!), I bring home around $1,800 per month. It's not enough to live on and we are quickly falling into debt, even though we live frugally. I am searching for another job (both within the state and in the private sector) but times are lean all around. Getting a degree from UT was no help. I can't believe I'm still an admin - my references are impeccable and my skills and experience are great and I consistently receive "commendable" or "distinguished" ratings on my evaluations. I just can't seem to bust out of the admin glass ceiling here at the state. It is a shame for the state bc everyone quickly learns that to 'move up' in the state, you have to 'move on'. This is a complete waste in terms of expertise leaving when in reality: just basic recognition and salary increases and opportunities for promotion would KEEP employees happy and motivated. Instead, they are spending time and money and effort hiring and training and then losing employees over and over and again and again. I find this to be amazingly wasteful for the taxpayers. Sadly, I'll have to move on soon myself if I can't find another opportunity within the State of Texas...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a bureaucracy so I don't know what management can do without a major overhaul from the legislature allowing for promotions and pay raises. With the budget crises we're facing as a state and a nation right now, I don't see this happening anytime soon. I do predict a mass exodus of state employees leaving for the private sector once the economy picks up. When? that's anyone's guess...

    Doesn't Recommend

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