California Air Resources Board

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Updated March 11, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Good people, weak Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Air Resources Technician II

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Air Resources Technician II in Sacramento, CA
    Current Contractor - Air Resources Technician II in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, gain experience in public sector that helps when applying for state jobs. Laid-back environment but do some meaningful work on air quality and protection.

    Cons

    Sometime you get nothing to do, sometimes you get a TON of thing to do. Growth is limited unless you keep transferring to other sections.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fudge/manipulate data for important analyses or studies.

  6. Human Resources

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Assistant Information Systems Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Contractor - Assistant Information Systems Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    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.

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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