California Air Resources Board

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Updated May 17, 2015
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California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols
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  1. Great experienxe

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Air Resources Board

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great experience for a student

    Cons

    Any sort of action takes a while to be implemented

    Advice to Management

    Faster action


  2. Great work with mixed experiences and poor management

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    Current Employee - Air Resources Engineer (Range C) in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Air Resources Engineer (Range C) in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Generally supportive environment, flexible for time off and family needs.
    Groundbreaking policy projects, lots of responsibility if you take it
    Smart people, better attitude than most state agencies.
    Great building in Sacramento, bike facilities, El Monte (LA) not so good. Lots of experienced older staff still trying to make a difference and eager to share experience. Chance to participate in some of the most important environmental work of our lifetime. Name recognition for future advancement elsewhere.

    Cons

    Inexperienced and timid management. Far too many recent promotions of high level managers not ready to lead. Bureaucracy is crazy, as others have said there is a form for everything. There are a few petty tyrants allowed to get in the way of innovation. Dinosaur IT staff better suited to running a gulag. Even less advanced approach to using latest workplace technology. Poor to non-existent on-boarding process. Little to no formal training but weird fixation on Phd's. Too many silos for an efficient workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to make decisions and to learn from anybody, including your staff. Be confident in your actions, have vision. Pay attention to staff morale and development, if they are your best asset prove it. Embrace innovation in all you do, especially IT and HR.


  3. Good place to start. East going

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Air Resources Board

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

    Pros

    Ok place. Very slow paced.

    Cons

    Advancement impossible. PhD is gold

    Advice to Management

    Learn what your employees actually do.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to experience the good and bad of policy sausage-making

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    Former Employee - Air Pollution Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Air Pollution Specialist in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Air Resources Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ambitious and interesting policymaking. Employees are smarter and more competent than the average state employee. Management are generally smart, strategic, and friendly (just really poor at delegating and -managing- in general).

    Cons

    Management structure is maddeningly inefficient: the most inane work products must be sent all the way up and down the chain. Way too much is done at the very last minute purely because of poor planning.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time in redundant meetings. Actually work as project managers: form plans and timelines with lists of tasks, so work is done methodically rather than all ad hoc.


  6. Good people, weak Management

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    Current Employee - Air Resources Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Air Resources Technician in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very good work schedule and some interesting challenges. Some people are really great to work with.

    Cons

    Horrible management that suffers from poor communication. Typical government run around where no one knows what the proper procedures are. A lot of employees just don't care about their workload and some violate Code of Conduct with little to no consequence. Also, very little accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees who are the 'boots on the ground' people. The ones who are actually out trying to make a difference.


  7. Great Company to be at for cutting edge regulatory development

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    Current Employee - Air Tech II in El Monte, CA
    Current Employee - Air Tech II in El Monte, CA

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Staff is great, some managers are very approachable, all in all good environment and atmosphere to work at.

    Cons

    Dealing with irate callers would be one downside, projects and assignments are very roller-coaster like. (When you get one assignment, you get a TON. When there aren't any assignment, gets pretty boring)

    Advice to Management

    Great job, continue doing what you are doing!


  8. Good for learning environmental policy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board

    Pros

    Most departments/sections allow flexible work schedules, good benefits, usually no hassle to get vacation, flexible for family, very good stable place to work if you have a family. This place is known worldwide for it's environmental/public health policies and regulations. They support promotions and moving around. Most people are friendly.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can get tiresome seems like there's a form to fill out for everything, management style is hit or miss. A mostly older workforce which is a great resource to learn from but the workplace and process of doing things can feel rigid or outdated. This may also be due to the structure of state departments in general. No bonuses, everyone gets paid the same based on years of service so no reward for those who work harder/better.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bad apples.


  9. Great Company to work for if you get in full-time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, vacation hours, healthy atmosphere

    Cons

    No benefits, pretty quiet most of the time


  10. Helpful (2)

    Innovative environmental regulator; sometimes bureaucratic.

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    Current Employee - Air Pollution Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Air Pollution Specialist in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    ARB often finds itself at the cutting edge of air quality/greenhouse gas regulation. This is partly because they implement the innovative policy that California legislature passes. Nevertheless, there are cool things to do at ARB if you're a nerd, from chemistry to statistics to economics and policy.
    Working for the government and being unionized means there are flexible work-weeks, a decent amount of time-off, decent pay, and good benefits. With Sacramento being so cheap, that means an ARB employee can live well here.
    Though not all departments have good organizational behavior, mine does. Generally good managers and smart staff = good atmosphere.
    Surprisingly diverse talent pool coming from countries around the world adds an international touch.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can bog down personal development. Requests can take years to go up the chain of command for a decision.
    Details can consume a program. The nitty gritty of the rules that ARB creates can foster frustration from stakeholders and staff.
    Sometimes things just do not work there because too many people have a say.

    Advice to Management

    Strive for simplicity in all things


  11. Great work environment with tremendous resources

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Resources Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Air Resources Engineer in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great resources, great work environment

    Cons

    no specific cons at this time



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