Georgia Environmental Protection Division

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  1. My review

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Environmental Protection Division full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and generous leave

    Cons

    salaries are not competitive with similar jobs

  2. Great stepping stone...a place to move forward from

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Environmental Protection Division

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Ability to work outdoors protecting the environment

    Cons

    There is very limited growth opportunities and salaries are low

    Advice to Management

    Communication is a two way method - not a top down approach.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Good benefits, interesting and meaningful work, but lots of bureaucracy and politics.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia Environmental Protection Division

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you get involved in the environmental field because it is your passion, then this is a good place for you, despite some cons described below. I feel like I am making a difference in the health of the state's natural resources. The benefits are generally good, although not as good compared to what many in the private sector believe. Lots of different insurance options and 401K/retirement stuff. If you stick around awhile you can start to accrue lots of leave time that doesn't expire. Some of my senior colleagues have hundreds of unused leave hours, so they can go vacation for long periods of time if they choose to. The pace here seems a bit slower than similar work in the private sector, not surprising given that it is government. Having state and federal holidays off is very nice.

    Cons

    Exactly what you might expect in government...red tape, bureaucracy, and politics. There is tons and tons of useless forms and paperwork that could easily be simplified and streamlined. Some departments seem super busy and could use a few extra hands, while other departments in the same building spend the day on Facebook. Resources need to be distributed in a better way. Dealing with HR/personnel issues can be a real pain because of all the paperwork and inefficiency. This is the most inflexible organization I have ever seen regarding work schedule. You work a set schedule and missing work for traffic and medical appointments can't be made up by coming in early or staying late, it comes out of your leave. There is a flex scheduling, but it isn't that much more flexible than the normal work schedule. All of this stuff ends up scaring off a lot of good, motivated employees.

    Very conservative when it comes to changing technical procedures around. It's always been the way we do it, and it always will be. I try to fix errors and make procedures more technically sound, but they don't like people rocking the boat. The computers are also a bit old and the IT infrastructure needs some major help.

    The state is broke from the recession and EPD and its parent organization, DNR, are taking huge budget cuts like everyone else. Furloughs are being used to try and cut the budget down. There are a lot of people hanging on for a few more years for state retirement. Many have lost the motivation to work and get away with doing nothing all day.

    The political climate in the state is very "business-friendly" in a bad way; the political appointees in DNR and EPD are charged with protecting the environment, but not at the expense of the corporate bottomline. The DNR board and many top people are those who profit from environmental destruction.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline your procedures and find ways to improve efficiency. Listen to your employees advice and work for constant improvement. Allocate resources better.

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