Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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Indiana Department of Environmental Management Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
5 Reviews
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    Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Secretary  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Secretary in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Indiana Department of Environmental Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy work, laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    Lack of communication with upper management

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    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Indiana Department of Environmental Management full-time

    Pros

    My favorite aspect of this job is the ability to see many different production process of many different industries. I've also been able to learn a great deal about environmental compliance and permitting processes. Through seeing so many industries and companies and their environmental management programs, I've been able to learn what works, and what doesn't. I think that is a beneficial understanding for any environmental engineer. IDEM also provides quality benefits including insurance and retirement packages. There is also plenty of vacation/personal/sick leave available when needed.

    Cons

    Don't get me wrong, this is a good position. But that's the problem, it's just good.. not great. My major qualm with my position here is that even though it's titled "environmental engineer", it is anything but an engineering position. I do very minimal actual engineering work, and I find that frustrating. Beyond that, the pay is poor and so are the attitudes of many of the employees. There seems to be minimal motivation among the staff. I am particularly disappointed with the dress here, as many people will just wear jeans and a t-shirt. To me that seems disrespectful to the State of Indiana to dress so nonchalantly. And lastly there appears to be very minimal opportunity for advancement/promotion here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop letting politics get in the way of compliance. Also, please be more consistent.

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    Starter job

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    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Indiana Department of Environmental Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent starter job to learn about the extensive Federal and State environmental regulations before moving to the private sector. Perfect job if you enjoy routine work, low stress levels and the ability to leave your work at the door.

    Cons

    Compensation is well below private sector salaries and there are very few opportunities for advancement. Enforcement of regulations is highly dependent on the political party in office. Non-merit positions are typically filled by unqualified appointees who enjoy changing the agency structure every election cycle. Quality of benefits, such as health insurance, are deteriorating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate non-merit positions that do not add value to the agency.

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    Good place to learn.

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    Current Employee - Section Chief  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Section Chief in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Indiana Department of Environmental Management

    Pros

    Provides a good chance to learn about the regulations for various media. You have to commit to doing the work and try to learn, but in a couple of years and can bring your skill set to consulting if you want.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty low compared to the private sector. Benefits have deteriorated over the last 5 years to a point where the private sector is competitive. Career advancement is very limited. Advertise a pay for performance culture that has not paid out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunity to advance within each job category. Follow through on promises for performance raises. You can't keep talent without rewarding them appropriately.

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    IDEM is a great place to get experience in the environmental field prior to going into the private sector.

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    Current Employee - Senior Environmental Engineer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Environmental Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Indiana Department of Environmental Management

    Pros

    There is plenty of time off. The work schedule is very flexible. Working directly in government gives the person a perspective not available in the private sector. The person knows exactly how the decision makers in IDEM think and can plan ahead for it. This is the best place to get environmental experience. People move around the different media (air, land, water and pollution prevention) in IDEM all of the time just to get experience in each of the media.

    Cons

    The pay is only about 2/3rds of what is paid in the private sector. This is an individual environment, meaning the employees work as individuals to do their jobs with no teamwork. Recognition for a job well done is hard to come by in most sections.

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