Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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Updated March 29, 2015
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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)

  • State insurance, 40 hour work week, and a few more holidays than your friends get (in 5 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. Too bad you don't get out of it what you put into it

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator
    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

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

    Pros

    Exposure to a wide range of environmental issues, flexible work schedule, and lax work environment as long as you get your work done.

    Cons

    The current anti-government state government has severely limited pay increases and refuses to make cost of living adjustments around the state. This has led to high turnover in larger regions where more business is (Houston, Austin, and DFW areas) resulting in a benefit to businesses and detriment to affected residents by having less experienced investigators. There is also limited to no possibility for advancement once you have been there more than a few years. Employees who have 12-15 years of experience typically only make a few thousand more annually than employees with 5-10 years of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Make annual reviews tied to actual pay increases. No one cares to hear how exceptional they were the past year to not receive anything in return other than more work. Have teams actually work on issues as a team rather than just be considered a team if they do the same type of work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    You could do worse than TCEQ.

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    Higher salaries!


  3. Great place to start a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good Employees and Responsibility

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  6. TCEQ "Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

    Hire qualified people instead of promoting "buddies"


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

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment, less stress, no long hours

    Cons

    Low salaries, less growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay structure. Structure for faster growth.


  9. Low stress, low pay, and limited growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  10. My experience is neutral at this point in my career.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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

    Pros

    I am neutral on this particular pros.

    Cons

    I am neutral on this particular con.


  11. New administration is not as favorable to employees.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.



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