Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
56 Reviews
3.1
56 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.  

    Good place to work, very routine and most of the time stress free.

    • 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

    Stability, job security. Great paid holidays and vacation time

    Cons

    Upper management ignores your concerns, they need to be more in tune with their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    As good as the state politics permit

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

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hardworking, friendly employees, decent pays and benefits, beautiful headquarter campus

    Cons

    Old office facility, lots of nepotism, frustratingly slow and political bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to learn

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

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot here and the company is willing to invest in training classes to improve your skills. You also get the opportunity to work with some very smart people who are willing to teach what they know. 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. There is a stress-free environment and the job is pretty secure while offering many incentives for your longevity. Team Leader's managing styles vary, so depending on your manager this can be an absolutely wonderful job.

    Cons

    Pay is nearly half of those in the private industry and the latter is a very slow climb. Because the job is secure you may end up working with those who do the bare minimum to get by. Don't expect any financial recognition for your hard work or any extra effort your put into your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the presence of incentives, many employees don't put much effort into their work because it makes no difference in their pay or in the security of their job. The yearly performance reviews which are used to grade an employee for consideration on a raise is not a sufficient evaluation as you can only exceed, met or need improvement. Also from the time of your review and the time you receive a raise can sometimes take a year and you'll only get about a 3.5% increase in pay whether you met or exceeded expectations, which is not good enough if they want to keep their employees happy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Starting Job

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

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

    Pros

    This is my first full time job out of college and it is a good place to start. My coworkers are extremely nice and helpful and have been guiding me along with my training. The company itself has good training opportunities as well as the ability to get time off. The state offers pretty random holidays that you can acrue and use at your convenience. The benefits are decent as well and there is a sense of good job security.

    Cons

    The pay is far too little. Some of the positions involve pretty technical work and you would receive much more money for the same job working in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is amazing and does well for the state in regards to keeping the place clean for future generations. My advice is to compensate your workers a little better so that they will continue to keep Texas clean and safe for all upcoming youth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall a good place to work. Decent career or nice place to obtain some experience.

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

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have a family so by far the biggest reason to stay is the time off and ability and flexibility to make the work-life balance happen.
    Retirement and health insurance are nice.
    Pretty good training opportunities.

    Cons

    Management from top to bottom, with a few exceptions, is very lacking. VERY MUCH a good ole boy system. Either political favorites (favors) or those employees that have been there the longest get promoted and raises. Not much put into selecting the best qualified. Makes for a disturbing and strained boss-employee relationship.
    Salary is very stagnant, especaially after a few years when you reach the top of the career ladder.
    Many decisions are made to appease industry that is politically connected. Very unethical at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget trying to appease people and do the right thing. Conflict is our business. Lets just make it righteous conflict instead of trying to avoid doing our job as an agency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great first job

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly work environment. There are a lot of learning opportunities and you are constantly learning about new regulatory rules on the job. Vacation is easily accommodated and available and the benefits are great . 40 hour work weeks

    Cons

    Low pay. Gets slow at times. People are always moving around to different positions or leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    For a young attorney looking to get good experience, you will have the opportunity to work on interesting cases.

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

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

    Pros

    Vacation and health benefits are great. You have a set work schedule and for the most part, your work hours can be very flexible.

    Cons

    Pay increases are based on promitions and are not merit based. You are only considered for a promotion every 1 year and 6 months. This is a long time for a salary increase. There are very few opportunities to move into management roles or other positions within the agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries or provide merit based bonuses. Decrease the length of time to reach the next salary level from 1 year and 6 months to 1 year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    TCEQ

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

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

    Pros

    It's not located downtown so you don't have to contend with traffic as much. Overall, not a bad place to work.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything negative to say. It's no better or worse than any other state agency.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    TCEQ

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

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot about Texas permitting. TCEQ training programs are some of the best learning programs in Texas permitting. They are willing to work with you when it comes to attaining higher degrees.

    Cons

    Pay scale is low. They do not have enough offices to house everyone. They place entry level employees in cubes and you can hear your co-works on the phone when talking to clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get pay scale more competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Working for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job stability
    Payed holidays
    Insurance benefits
    Retirement
    Annual and sick leave accumulated
    8-5 work day

    Cons

    Low pay compared to commercial jobs
    No career ladder for this job title

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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