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Lcra Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
21 Reviews

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21 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The state agency mission is laudable; but the slow pace is not for everyone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    The people are the assets and the liabilities of LCRA. Putting in a fair amount of initiative can make you appear as a high achiever. Very hard to fire people, so in a way there is a high level of job security. The majority of my peers are good, nice people who fit well working for a state agency like LCRA. The family analogy is used frequently, I would agree (although there is clearly good and bad things about running a state agency like a family owned business.

    Cons

    The entitlement attitude of the employees is LCRA's achille's heel. Average tenure of an employee seems to be well over 10 years; thus there is a huge amount of inertia to get anything done within a reasonable time. Time is something LCRA has plenty of, so there is no hurry to do anything efficiently. If you've worked in the private sector, then moving to LCRA should make you pause; don't be fooled, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...it's a duck. LCRA is a state agency with all of its quirky employees who couldn't survive in the private sector and have a home serving the mission of LCRA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although change can occur in any direction (top down; bottom up), LCRA is starving for mid management leadership.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I learned quite a lot about transmission services and a good overview of the workings of the company.

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    Former Employee - Transmission Services Engineering Intern  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Transmission Services Engineering Intern in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Everyone was really friendly and very helpful towards me and made me feel very welcome. Extensive tours of power plants!

    Cons

    I was somewhat disappointed with they pay as an engineering intern although I learnt a lot over the summer and made the most of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from the experienced senior engineers that have a lot of experience and have worked in previous companies and use their suggestions to go forward

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Various on Department and Manager

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    Current Employee - Communications  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Communications in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work. Allowed to balance personal and work life.

    Cons

    Too Political. Decisions made for politics and not for employees or customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moved up based on who they know, not how they manage

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An Organization With Too Many Employees - Total Mediocrity at its best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    LCRA has outstanding medical benefits. They offer great retirement packages. The main headquarters are in a beautiful area of Austin - overlooking Lake Austin. A positive work experience at LCRA depends entirely on the division and your direct supervisor. Elaborate retreat centers and facilities.

    Cons

    Austin is a very left-leaning city with many environmental activists. LCRA is a haven for these people. If you are of a conservative Republican mindset and work for a liberal who is also an environmental wacko, you will experience a bumpy ride. As far as my experience, bad reviews and write-ups came out of thin air, often delivered by second-hand gossip. Men who work under a female supervisor have a particularly difficult time. My supervisor caused me to spiral into deep anxiety which led to numerous panic attacks. HR is a joke at LCRA!! This organization is very political, since they are the largest wholesale supplier of electricity and water in Texas. When review time for your supervisor comes up, his/her boss brings you and all the other people in his/her department for a "team review" of the supervisor. Say anything bad about your supervisor and your co-workers will take you down. On two review, our group warned the manager that our supervisor was a bully. After these "reviews" my supervisor ramped up her attacks and criticism. By the way, the LCRA is overseen by a board of directors appointed by the governor of Texas. When board meetings occur, you would think you were watching a group of holy men and women. As an employee at LCRA, if you have any contact with a board member you are to report it immediately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many departments and employees at LCRA. Don't allow environmental wackos to establish programs without a complete fact check. You hear positive comments about the power divisions at LCRA. WATERCO is the division with most of the problems with lots of politics and worthless programs and projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Extremely Friendly People
    Recession-Proof Company, as people will always use electricity
    Beautiful Office Plaza
    Commitment to Integrity
    Flexible Work Schedule

    Cons

    The biggest improvement I can think of is that the lunchroom could have used a TV. Since that is my biggest complaint, I obviously think this is a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they are doing a great job. Thomas Mason is committed to running a transparent public utitlity that is free from corruption.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wholesale Power Services

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Austin, TX

    Pros

    LCRA has a reputation of stable employment, great benefits and impactful work while maintaining a generous amount of time to enjoy Austin outside of work.

    Cons

    The company is slow moving and stable by design. There are not many avenues to pursue training at the beginning of one's career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has a strong understanding of the needs of the company and its employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Compensation and opportunity to generate extra income is low

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    Current Employee - Ranger/Police  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Ranger/Police in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Well equipped and the equipment is very good. Highly competent group to work with as everyone is very experienced in the law enforcement field

    Cons

    Compensation and the opportunity to make extra money when needed does not exist

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your employees to work with less supervision as they are very experienced and need little supervision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A whole lot of Mullarkey here

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    Former Employee - Water Specialist
    Former Employee - Water Specialist

    Pros

    Good wages and medical benefits. Can be a great experience if you have a good supervisor.

    Cons

    Very, very political. Feels like Obama hell!! Pointless programs that are smoke and mirrors, particularly their water conservation and community relations efforts. Endless meetings and goal setting that are a waste of time. Texas, get rid of LCRA! Turn it over to a private company to operate. And for God's sake fill up Lake Travis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are horrible. My advice is not to you. It's to Governor Perry. Shut down LCRA!!!

  10.  

    Overall good place to work,.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, very safety oriented,.

    Cons

    As compared to other companies in the same field, overall benefits are in the lower percentile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the overall benefits from lower percentile to upper percentile. Don't settle for mid to lower benfits for employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with a strong mission.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

    Pros

    Health and retirement benefits
    Paid vacation and holdiday leave time
    Location
    Mission of the company
    Community involvement with surrounding counties and customers

    Cons

    Limited career path
    Beurocracy and politics limit professional growth
    No recognition or reward program for top performing employees
    Lack of leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look past personal agendas and political gains for the wellfare of your customers and employees. This company will continue to lose great talent unless something changes and will forever be stuck in mediocracy.

    No opinion of CEO

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