Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
21 Reviews
3.0
21 Reviews
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Richard A. Hyde
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Pros
  • This is a great job for those who have families as they give you plenty time off and the work-life balance is pretty awesome (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits, especially for a single individual (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, they waste money, training for your job can be substandard (in 8 reviews)

  • Pay is low in respect to private sector, too much politics/bureacracy (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    You could do worse than TCEQ.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Quality Program Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Air Quality Program Specialist in Austin, TX

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of PhD's, engineers, geologists, meteorologists, etc make for a professional atmosphere. Many have been there a long time. Upper management generally treat employees with respect. I have worked at other state agencies and TCEQ is one of the better ones. Work can be interesting.

    Cons

    TCEQ has a policy that when someone leaves a job (say a Planner IV), the posted job announcement automatically reverts to lowest level (Planner)I. Exceptions to this policy are not common. Once you get in (making 36,000-40,000) they try to get your salary up, and since it's a big agency there are other jobs to apply for that are only open to current employees. My supervisor was a screamer, nit picker, played favorites. Most supervisors weren't that bad (unlucky me). Beginning pay is shamefully low. If you travel for your job, you have to spend your own money and wait 2-4 weeks to get reimbursed. That is common in all state agencies, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher salaries!

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great place to start a career

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

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working at TCEQ is not a bad place to start. You will get to work with a diverse group of people who are passionate about their jobs. You will learn a great deal about your field and how it is regulated. Benefits include being able to use vacation time when you want and you get plenty of holidays.

    Cons

    State workers are not paid very much. Working at TCEQ is not for the staunch environmentalist. We merely interpret rules and permit facilities to ensure they are in compliance with requirements. Management is disconnected from the "people on the ground". In fact some people management are just down right rude and ineffective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay us more and quit wasting $. Make decisions that make sense! Don't set us up to fail. Moral is a problem here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Employees and Responsibility

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

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of independence, wasn't micro-managed
    My supervisor was excellent, had an abundance of knowledge
    Very educated professionals, almost everyone was an engineer

    Cons

    It is very difficult to actually learn everything in a concise way. You have to go out of your way to bug really busy people to try and figure out things. There needs to be way more training and education for interns/new employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stop micro-managing your team leaders, they are competent and care about their teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    TCEQ "Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of training opportunities, diverse people

    Cons

    Low pay, everything happens slow, mid management is terrible and hired on the buddy system, very little science involved...mostly political decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified people instead of promoting "buddies"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience, low wages, low chance of promotion...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Engineering Specialist I in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - General Engineering Specialist I in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, decent health benefits, 40 hours a week work schedule, no pressure in work environment, laid back office culture, comp time gets your more time off.

    Cons

    hard to become noticed, office cubes galore, training not organized, lacking in the mentoring process, low pay wages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Manager I just wish he would be more involved in the mentoring process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    TCEQ- Great place to work, under-paid employees, access to training

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

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, less stress, no long hours

    Cons

    Low salaries, less growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay structure. Structure for faster growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Low stress, low pay, and limited growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator III in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator III in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gain experience and receive valuable training. Plenty of vacation time. Great benefits, especially for a single individual

    Cons

    Low pay. Limited room for growth. Advancement relies on tenure to an extent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More practical and pragmatic management and policy, less bureaucracy and pandering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    My experience is neutral at this point in my career.

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

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

    Pros

    I am neutral on this particular pros.

    Cons

    I am neutral on this particular con.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    New administration is not as favorable to employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enforcement Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Enforcement Coordinator in Austin, TX

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, leave work at the office, good holidays/time off once you pass the 6 months.

    Cons

    Now it's very difficult to keep the job past the 6 months.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Full of good people, and the agony of slow, inefficient government

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

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you have good management, it can be a fantastic place to work (if you don't mind the pay). Trainings are easy to come by and offered up to employees regularly. The pace of work is nice and easy, if you're into that sort of thing. I work on a great team full of awesome people, which is pretty much the best thing I can say about working there.

    Cons

    Pay really is much lower than you'd expect. At first you think they just start you off low when you're new--but raises are slow and meager. In short, it'll take years or decades to make the going rate outside the agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the market rate for good people. Turn over is high in a lot teams because the pay is so abysmal. If you want to keep good people, you have to pay for it. Even if you're still paying low wages (below market) don't make them so incredibly low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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