Houston-Galveston Area Council

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Houston-Galveston Area Council Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Pays well but ceiling is not very high

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transportation Planner in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Transportation Planner in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes slow guidance or no guidance. things can get sluggish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop work plans and follow through with them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Jumping Off Point

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planner in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Planner in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    HGAC has amazing benefits and work-life balance. You almost never have to take work home with you. The people are caring, quirky, and helpful. The Board is all regional elected officials and lots of events take place at the office, even brown-bags, so there's opportunities to network. The atmosphere is usually relaxed, no time clock or breathing down your neck. If you're just starting and want to be in planning, government, or GIS mapping, this is a great place to start. Plus, HGAC is always hiring. If you have a family and don't need to advance, this is the perfect place for you.

    Cons

    Turnover is really, really high. Most management is unclear about what they want, even to themselves, so it is difficult to succeed or advance. So many projects are going on that there is no way to prioritize. Advancement is also difficult because management does not know how or care to train their people. Due to this, management usually hires upper-level externally. The highest level of management has been in place since the 70s or so! If you work at HGAC, be prepared to get in, get your experience and contacts, and get out--2 years is a good timeframe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try some leadership courses and realize that the people most likely to do a good job in higher positions are those you have already hired. People who had the talent and training when they got here have already left. Learn how to train and really groom the people under you so that they can succeed in whatever you want them to do because if they have stuck around a while, then they deserve a medal. People perform better when they are confident they can succeed and that their work will make a difference not only to the public but also in their careers. And please, please, prioritize!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Could be decent, but I wouldn't recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Transportation Planner in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Transportation Planner in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible with a decent work / life balance, good benefits, great place to learn a lot about projects and politics throughout the region.

    Cons

    Pay and opportunity for advancement could be better. Management is very poor. Departments vary based on management. A couple departments are better and provide some opportunities for staff, but operate in the same difficult political environment. Some departments provide little opportunity for staff and management is not trustworthy. The political and bureaucratic environment is horrible and the upper management does a poor job of leading and facilitating true regional cooperation and planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management, including executive level, needs training. More emphasis needs to be placed on staff development. Also, management needs to be better at setting a direction for staff work and policy and actually following it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work if you are looking for long term stability but care little for advancement

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

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits - Insurance paid 100% for employee; 401K - 3% mandatory employee contribution with 7% agency match - vested after 6.5 years
    9/80 work schedule - every other Friday off - 4 10's available in some cases
    Stable work environment - some employees have been here decades

    Cons

    no real opportunity for advancement
    political atmosphere
    work can be boring and repetitive depending on department/project
    slow moving and very cyclical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The agency would benefit from stronger leadership and decision making.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not worth it.

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

    I worked at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is the only thing this place has going for it. Benefits are OK, training is limited due to budgetary issues.

    Cons

    Certain managers have a reputation for taking pride in under paying employees.
    Lazy and ineffective staff that complain about being overworked. If you have a strong work ethic, you will pick up the slack for the non-performers.
    No incentive to do well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave - no value on retention, leadership development, or growing staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Generally okay, good benefits, good work life balance

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

    I worked at Houston-Galveston Area Council

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance.

    Cons

    Not bad, compensation could be better.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work, would not recommend to my worst enemy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Valuable work, public sector experience, serving a necessary function in the region; some of the departments are well run and well-regarded within the community.

    Cons

    Poor employee morale, high turnover, lack of professional development or advancement opportunities, no motivation to succeed or even just accomplish more, salaries are not competitive, leadership is lacking, overly politicized with no efforts towards regional cooperation; embodies bureacratic red tape; managerial staff can be vengeful and proper HR procedures are often not followed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to look at taking some classes on how to effectively manage people, not projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council

    Pros

    Work schedule, benefits, resources, training.

    Cons

    Location, access to bus routes.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Performance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council

    Pros

    The most flexible place I have ever worked in terms of teleworking, schedule arrangement, and overall type of work to have to work on.

    Cons

    Very poor performance review process.
    Little incentive to do well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a more top-down feedback review that must be adhered to by EVERYONE.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    MPO for Houston region

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, community involvement

    Cons

    Weak leadership, not a lot opportunities for training / career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee retention would improve if the salaries were increased

    No opinion of CEO

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