California Department of Water Resources

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California Department of Water Resources Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
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  1.  

    Good place to work if interested in big picture water policy and planning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Graduate Student Assistant (E&A) in Sacramento, CA
    Current Intern - Graduate Student Assistant (E&A) in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Water Resources as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It has a relaxed and supportive environment. It is really up to you what you make of it. If you ask for more opportunity, there are unlimited possibilities.

    Cons

    Technical experience is hard to come by. Most of the effort is on planning and management. Only limited divisions provide opportunities for technical development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think a rotation program would be nice. I had to structure my own, however, having one in place would allow interns/ entry-level employees to explores different elements of the department which would benefit the department in the end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Student Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Water Resources

    Pros

    Part time work. Very flexible with work hours. Supervisors and staff understand school is a priority and are looking out for your best interest. Everyone is more than willing to help a hand and teach a few tricks to the trade.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is a little slow. Our specific office was away from the rest of the department. Didn't allow for too much interaction unless it was via e-mail or the monthly department meetings.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great, easy going job if you don't want to get very technical.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Department of Water Resources part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. Accommodating Staff.
    Easy going work pace - not to much work

    Cons

    The particular office I worked in did not have much "engineering" work. DWR in general contracts out a lot of its engineering work.
    Very Grey office.
    Easy going work pace - you get bored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Poor management, overly bureaucratic

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer, WR in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer, WR in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Water Resources full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ok salaries if you're an engineer
    A few bright work spots here and there
    The only employer if you want to work with the biggest hydroelectric machinery

    Cons

    A number of good managers and rising stars left 10-15 years ago because of terrible salaries. The salaries are better now but the lousy managers left behind have hired and promoted their friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the ranks. Most of you guys are lousy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Typical State position and expectations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Consultant in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Intern - Consultant in West Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Water Resources as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    No pressure and not very difficult

    Cons

    Not very satisfying or chanllenging

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer, Water Resources in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer, Water Resources in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Water Resources full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working in the Division of Flood Management for past 2 years and I believe it’s a great place to work. The working environment is excellent compared to the private company I’ve worked in the past. Everyone seems very polite and courteous to others. My co-workers are always helpful and go out of their ways to help me out if needed. The management cares for the well being of their employees and promotes training classes for career growth.

    Cons

    There are lots of rules and regulations and forms to fill up in order to complete a simple task and some processes are slow due to government bureaucracy. The day to day work isn’t as challenging compare to the private sector. Moving up in the career ladder can be difficult due to limited available position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Few managers don’t have good leadership and management skills. Managers should promote teamwork within their group.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Productive and learning experience of government operations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Bakersfield, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Water Resources

    Pros

    Flexible time scheduling and 100% pay for all extra curricular job related classes.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth and very little movement for advancement.

  9.  

    Support for O&M

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Water Resources

    Pros

    Flexiblibity, good family-work balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Many employees are underutilized. Work done is not acknowledged as having value by division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend

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