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Houston-Galveston Area Council Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
11 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

    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.  

    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

    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
  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

    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.  

    Not worth it.

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

    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
  6.  

    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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance.

    Cons

    Not bad, compensation could be better.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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

    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
  8.  

    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

    Pros

    Work schedule, benefits, resources, training.

    Cons

    Location, access to bus routes.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Performance

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

    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
  10. 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

    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
  11.  

    Nice people, very political, low pay

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and pretty good benefits. Company pays for employees' health insurance in full, family is not covered. Great place if you want to know how local and state governments actually work. Surprisingly high tech in some areas like GIS and low tech in other areas (web).

    Cons

    Overtly political, it is who you know, not what you know. No prospects for advancement. People seem to last either one year or over 10, there is no middle ground. Most people are nice to work with, but there are quite a few slackers. Doesn't matter what your performance is, the standard 2.5% annual increase applies to everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a merit system of pay increases. Better mentoring of new employees. I have been here for over 10 years and we have lost a lot of good employees, usually within the first 6 months.

    No opinion of CEO

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