Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
3.1 of 5 36 reviews
www.tceq.texas.gov Austin, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Richard A. Hyde


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TCEQ

IT Project Manager (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

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

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

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

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

Staff Attorney (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

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

ConsPay 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 Senior ManagementIncrease 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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TCEQ

Engineering Specialist I (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsYou 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.

ConsPay 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 Senior ManagementGet pay scale more competitive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Working for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Contract Specialist (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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can be very satisfying -- but depends on your position

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Pros- If you work in a division that does interesting work, your job can be very creative
- People are friendly -- generally not petty, overly gossipy, backstabbing
- the management in my part of the agency has never been better
- some of the high level management are very competent and smart and will (sometimes) rule in your favor on important issues, when you have done your homework, even in matters that are somewhat political
- there are some extremely smart people around here -- you can learn very much

Cons- the highest level of mgmt (Commissioners) are completely political, and essentially a joke (believe global warming is liberal media thing, etc)
- you're just not going to make that much money

Advice to Senior ManagementYou guys are very good. (I'm not talking about the commissioners.)

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Has it's issues, like any place, but a good place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Waco, TX

I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

ProsDirect Management is excellent in most regards.
Co-workers are generally friendly and respectful
I have never been denied a leave request.
Plentiful holidays.
Most employees have actual offices, not cubes

ConsUnsure how certain Non-direct management obtained, and maintains employment.
Unequal importance placed on program areas due to upper- and mid-management bias.
No Windows.
Political issues will overturn and dictate certain projects' outcomes... even at the expense of right and wrong.

Advice to Senior ManagementI will echo a previous sentiment in a different manner:
Work hard and quickly to promote and keep employees who deserve it, eliminate stale leadership, and replace with those who are skilled enough and willing to do a better job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Prosteam work and personal contribution is appreciated

Consbureaucracy and too many reviews as in many governmental agencies

Advice to Senior Managementadvice

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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TCEQ a decent place to work.

Environmental Permit Specialist (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

ProsOverall most supervisors are excellent and so is upper management, however there were some critical issues I'll discuss in criticism section. Opportunity for advancement is available and not to difficult to achieve if you desire the additional responsibility. Really good medical benefits. Flexible hours for certain positions (I worked four days a week supposedly at 40 hours). A great place to start a career.

ConsBad and secretive employees. Some coworkers and/or bad management personnel who make damaging accusations without knowing all of the facts. Possible burnout for those who show potential.

Pay is horrible compared to equivalent market pay for a consultant or person working in similar capacity. By comparison non-engineers operating as consultants in my similar position made between $55,000-$85,000 for similar background. When I started I earned about $29,000 a year; when I quit about two years later I was earning just over $39,000 a year. I personally did not go to work at TCEQ for the pay, but I certainly got tired of hearing my coworkers complain about it.

It's a cubical environment that really felt like I was living in the movie Office Space some days.

Failure to recognize the need for and authorize overtime. This directly led to me having to work extended hours to cover projects that needed to be completed. Of course this meant less time with my family and friends and when I did get time off I was exhausted. How convenient , tell a staffer X number of projects must be completed and assign them a couple of challenging projects (politically sensitive ones at that) and when said staffer asks for overtime tell them it's not available, but expect the projects to be completed timely or they get a bad mark on their personnel review. Give me a break management you can't expect to have it both ways.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease do not tell a staffer they are coming and going as they please unless you have significant documented evidence. By evidence I mean more than some rumor or allegation from another employee saying "so and so" is not at their desk (and I don't give a damn if that employee is in management). This is stupid considering the level of responsibility and independent latitude required of some positions. Supervisors should never e-mail such an accusation or something that could be interpreted as as such to a staffer, period. Such communication should be dealt with very carefully and with strong evidence.

I was told I was "coming and going as I pleased." In fact I was arriving between 6 to 7 a.m. and leaving at 10 to 11 p.m. consistently (my scheduled hours were between 9 am to 7 pm) to complete projects since overtime was not authorized (oh yeah and coming in on my day off and weekends; by day off I mean I was supposed to work 4 days a week at 40 hrs not 6 days at 70 to 90 hrs). I can't help it that I was not always at my desk, but instead at a fax machine, in a meeting with permittees, legal or other TCEQ staff (I was after all trying to do my job). This insult to my professionalism was a critical deciding factor in terminating my employment with TCEQ (in fairness to TCEQ an outside factor was also critical, but the issue of accusing me of less than professional conduct made it really easy for me to leave TCEQ despite many people asking me to stay). Also in fairness to TCEQ I never brought this issue up with my supervisor or management. If I had it would have opened up a huge can of worms and serious legal issues (non-compensated overtime to start with, unfounded accusations against professional character for another) and potentially harmed some really excellent supervisors and managers caught in the crossfire. I decided I did not want to work for TCEQ once I received the accusatory email in conjunction with a personal life issue (an outside factor not related to TCEQ, but equally weighted in deciding to leave TCEQ ). Once I made that decision I did not think it professional to push any nuclear buttons or burn any professional reference bridges.

In my case the accusation pissed me off professionally and I quit. TCEQ demanded 110% from me and I gave 150% and I felt like I got slapped in the face and stabbed in the back for my efforts. From my perspective I was putting forth a significant effort to make sure projects were completed in a timely manner. I did not mind the extra effort or overtime, up to a point (I was targeting a management position). That point was when I got told I was playing games with my scheduled hours. The only games I was playing involved working an additional 20 to 30 hours a week off the clock. The end result: I did not lose a good job, TCEQ lost a good employee and I'm not being arrogant. I worked for TCEQ for less than 2 years and saw just over a $10K increase in salary (one being a merit increase) and several promotions not to mention executive management recognition. I'll never work for TCEQ again for numerous reasons (I'm not a cubical jockey for starters), but I hope someone from TCEQ management reads this and takes something useful from it.

Find a way to compete with the market in the salary pay department. I know that there were some mandatory legislative pay raises, and I am aware that there are governmental restrictions but this needs to be addressed.

Authorize overtime.

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Government work is great for some and torture to others.

Emissions Evaluator (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

ProsLower stress work environment (compared to industry), guaranteed benefits, very stable job (layoffs are non-existant and getting fired is very hard), lots of time off, fair and equal advancement, all the general benefits of working for the state government.

ConsSlow progress to get stuff done (due to all the review and layers of red tape), recent budget shortcomings, advancement is performance AND time based (cannot climb the ladder any faster than policy states), relatively low pay, low disparity between bottom of the ladder income and top of the ladder income.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore opportunities for recognition and rewards for a job well done.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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TCEQ is a good place to intern

Intern Air Quality (Current Employee)

I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

ProsTCEQ has provided the necessary resources, information, and guidance to achieve team goals. Management provides great communication, overview and direction as a new intern; therefore, leaving no ambigous dillemas.

ConsTCEQ does have poor computers that interns are to use for their projects; however, the computers are being replaced as soon as HR gathers them for delivery.

Advice to Senior ManagementI find that management is well organized and friendly. They welcomed me very well for my first internship and they should continue to operate in the same fashion.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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