Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Great stability, work/life balance, slow advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist III in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist III in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Department of Environmental Protection full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I love working for the state. Work/life balance, benefits, and flexible work schedules. Non-regulatory work is rewarding, maybe opportunities for training. You'll learn a lot here and can eventually take that with you elsewhere or stay at with the Department and eventually move on to management.

    Cons

    Advancement is limited because the trade off for job stability is that turnover is rare so promotional opportunities only come around when someone vacates a position for a new one or retires. Raises are non existent but pay is fair - less than private sector but more stable.

    Advice to Management

    Incentive based bonuses or raises would do a lot to foster a more driven, progressive workforce.


  2. Environmental Specialist

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

    I have been working at Florida Department of Environmental Protection full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    flexible schedule, benefits, freedom to create own priorities

    Cons

    low salary, slow paced environment

    Advice to Management

    Implement a better training program


  3. Helpful (1)

    I worked at Florida Department of Environmental Protection full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are limited opportunities for networking. Depending upon the individual office, employees can make positive changes in the local environment.

    Cons

    Typical employees are paid well below industry averages. Employees typically work for years as OPS (no benefits, time off, etc.) even though they work regular/full-time hours. Many managers lie (on and off the record) and have to be coached by OGC for doing so. Numeric criteria are not protective of FL waters (the wrong statistics were used, which makes values appear lower than they are [biased low]).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to subordinates concerns, communicate effectively, try to empathize with others, conduct yourselves with integrity, be honest, put the people and the environment of Florida before your ego.


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  5. Good work/life balance; no ladder to climb.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Biological Scientist in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Biological Scientist in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida Department of Environmental Protection full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Kind and understand management, involvement in a good cause, educational opportunities via state tuition waivers, good benefits package.

    Cons

    Lack of job mobility, work dependent on political climate, termination protocol allows bad workers to stay around for a long time, low salary.


  6. Helpful (3)

    A great state government career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist III in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist III in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Florida Department of Environmental Protection full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working for the FDEP was a wonderful career in public service. Coworkers easily become lifelong friends and make it enjoyable to come to work every day. Most employees are dedicated to the mission of the agency and are truly committed to their role in environmental protection. Benefits are good (although they declined over the years...), and time off is okay, too.

    Cons

    Too heavy a reliance on OPS ("temporary") employees in mission critical roles. Layoffs during the economic slump were brutal and added tremendous pressure to those who were left. As with any government job, there are always tons of red tape to wade through to get anything done. Raises were almost unheard of for over 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the "great ideas" you have at the top don't always work out in reality for those doing the work underneath you. Spend more time getting the real world input from those who will actually be dealing with the "great idea". Also, remember that the agency is NOT a business; this is public service and can't be run as though the dollar is the bottom line.


  7. Not as good as it used to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist II in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist II in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Department of Environmental Protection full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Co-workers / field work. With outside in sunny FL

    Cons

    Too much process. Not enough authority to make a "real" difference. Jack of all trades, master of none. Not recognized for expert and on the job experiences that matter.

    Advice to Management

    Raises, more structure, defined roles. Stop the talk and show with actions.


  8. Does not treat employees as assets.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist III
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist III

    I have been working at Florida Department of Environmental Protection full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice health benefits and sick leave.

    Cons

    Does not offer competitive salary.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect and communicate goals and direction.


  9. Employees where multiple hats

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist III in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist III in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Florida Department of Environmental Protection full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great projects, freedom to explore projects, flexible schedules. Great experience seeing projects from start to finish. they allow employees to be flexible on how they approach their tasks. Good retirement. Many benefits.

    Cons

    low pay rates, slow advancement, no raises. They have two tiers of employees: FTE-full time exempt, hard positions to get, and OPS-operational support, no benefits- can be terminated at any time without reason. this creates discontentment between employees because they are treated completely different.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear paths to success and adhere to it, reward employees who follow the steps to get there and stop passing them up for outsiders.


  10. Professionally rewarding regulatory agency experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Environmental Specialist in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Environmental Specialist in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida Department of Environmental Protection

    Pros

    Service to country and environment

    Cons

    Limited scope and variety of functions


  11. Love the people, love the job.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Developer in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida Department of Environmental Protection

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Professional Growth, in my area, was encouraged. The People were fantastic. You are working for the good of everyone in Florida. Very good work/like balance.

    Cons

    Strategic Goals tend to change every year. There are some hoops and red tape that you have to go around for purchasing or hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Management has been very good at communicating down the chain to employees. This has only gotten better since I've been employed here.



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