Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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Unrewarding

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

Pros

State insurance, 40 hour work week, and a few more holidays than your friends get.

Morons apparently have great job security at TCEQ.

Cons

Crap salary. If your manager is crap too, get used to it -- a lot of people stick around so they can get the retirement benefits. I don't blame them for making that rational decision, but I can blame them for being lazy, inconsistent, unappreciative, stodgy, and generally uninterested in doing anything that would lift then above the the low side of mediocre. It's not their fault that we're underpaid -- that's the nature of the beast -- but I get the sense that employee morale is not a major concern. People in the private sector may have to occasionally endure silly team-building exercises, but at least those sorts of things are intended for the purposes of morale and, yes, productivity. In my experience, TCEQ barely even makes token attempts to humanize the workplace. I had more job satisfaction working retail as a teenager... but health insurance doesn't pay for itself, so to the endless grey cubicles we must go. Obviously there's political crap governing the agency, since the commissioners are appointed by the Governor. Headlines about the agency are always depressing.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Solicit, consider, and respond to feedback. Treat employees consistently -- productivity expectations, job responsibilities, supervision, etc. If you think you're not paid enough, just remember that your employees are worse off, and that they have a very small chance of advancement. It may be a plodding, inefficient state agency, but that doesn't mean that your management style needs to be plodding and inefficient too. Remember that, particularly in departments with a wide range of ages, you may need to directly address generational issues. The workforce may be predominantly middle-aged, but that doesn't excuse sexist, insensitive, or unprofessional behavior. There are plenty of ways to make employees feel valued, so quit hiding behind low food budgets and find other ways to express appreciation. Genuine praise goes a long way.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Good place to launch a career, but don't get stuck

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Natural Resource Specialist III  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Natural Resource Specialist III in Austin, TX

    Pros

    -Good management, very friendly co-workers
    -Establish a solid knowledge of regulations
    -Possibility to transfer internally
    -Great holiday schedule with paid time off

    Cons

    -Hard to get anything done b/c of management chains and bureaucracy
    -Little chance of getting personal input/suggestions heard
    -Lack of bonuses/raises for hard workers. Raises adhere to a strict standardized schedule and employees don't get rewarded outside of their prescribed ladder.
    -Commissioners appointed by the governor, and all decisions go through them. Very political.
    -Environmental agency, but the official stance is a general disbelief in climate change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team building and morale building would help make up for the lack of monetary compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The song remains the same....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn various media (air, water, and waste); decent benefits; good work schedule and many paid holidays.

    Cons

    There are many negatives. A lack of consistency, well-defined standards, and clearly stated expectations are just a few. There are great disparities in the way employees are treated and in management styles. In the year plus since I posted my original feedback, the situation has deteriorated somewhat. Currently going through a mass exodus of personnel now that economy appears to be rebounding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Area/Regional Management has recently been shown the door. Not clear yet how this change or the recent appointment of Zak Covar to Executive Director will impact the day-to-day work activities in the Regions.

    Doesn't Recommend
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