California Air Resources Board

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California Air Resources Board Reviews

Updated June 24, 2014
Updated June 24, 2014
11 Reviews

3.6
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  1.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Great job, continue doing what you are doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Human Resources

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    Current Employee - Assistant Information Systems Analyst  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Information Systems Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    Quick Hiring process...But that may be due to the fact that the position goes through a long process of being created so they look to fill it quick.

    Cons

    Did not receive an overview or orientation of benefits, leave, medical, retirement etc. until about 6 months after I began work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good for learning environmental policy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    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older workforce which is a great resource to learn from but the workplace and process of doing things can feel rigid or outdated.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 ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the bad apples.

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  5.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible, vacation hours, healthy atmosphere

    Cons

    No benefits, pretty quiet most of the time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative environmental regulator; sometimes bureaucratic.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Pollution Specialist  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Air Pollution Specialist in Sacramento, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Strive for simplicity in all things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Meh

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are some upsides, or pros, as I like to call them. Great building. Great amenities.

    Cons

    There are some downsides, or cons, as I like to call them. The cons are that the career advancement is not particularly fast.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great work environment with tremendous resources

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Resources Engineer  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Air Resources Engineer in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    great resources, great work environment

    Cons

    no specific cons at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Decisions of staff are often overridden by political concerns.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Be on the cutting edge of climate change regulation and other aspects of air quality programs. California is at the forefront of air regulation, and that includes greenhouse gases, tailpipe emissions and everything else that spews pollutants.

    Cons

    Because everything is "new" and "first of its kind" there is a lot of consultation with companies that are regulated and the governors office. The chief counsel thinks she can run things better than divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there need to be clear lines of demarcation for duties of staff, management. Also, someone needs to stand up to CalEPA and remind them that they are not actually the regulating agency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place is for lazy people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    A very relaxed environment and friendly staff

    Cons

    Nothing to do and no leadership skills or integrity in the data used to build up regulations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fudge data to your benefit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Feeling Great about Being Green!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Pollution Specialist  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Air Pollution Specialist in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    It's a green job in a green building. We're making real strides toward great differences for the future. With the advent of AB 32 and other initiatives to reduce air pollution around the state, ARB is a leader and at the cutting edge of the environmentally friendly workplaces. Furthermore, the EPA building in which the agency is housed, is bike friendly. That means we have bike lockers, a bike room, locker room and showers. All of the cubicles are big enough for your bike to fit in, too. It's a great place and there's lots of support to work alternative work-weeks, telecommute and flex-hours.

    Cons

    It can be bureaucratic at times. Hey, it's a governmental agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your people's skills and use them - especially if you don't know the material (don't be proud - it's much better to ask your peeps for some advice).

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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