Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

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Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Relaxed Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The DEQ has a really easygoing, relaxed atmosphere. Generally, people care about what they do, and everyone is very friendly. You'll meet a lot of fun people there. Probably the biggest pro is the flexibility of schedule. I know of several full-time people who had ridiculous schedules and were able to make it work. Fantastic benefits.

    Cons

    The pay tends to be fairly low for the environmental sector. Management plays favorites, and if you're not one of them, you're probably not going to be promoted. It's a state job, so raises are entirely non-existent. The only way to get more money is through promotion. Although I do think people generally care about their work, the lack of opportunity for advancement creates a bit of a "lazy" atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    We all know that there are "shining stars" that you're going to want to promote, but remember that the backbone of the organization is made up of the employees that steadily get their work done, and recognize them for it. Be diligent in reviewing someone's past performance and find ways to reward them that aren't monetarily based. Given the state of the budget right now, the only way you're going to keep good people is if you make them feel that DEQ is the best place for them to be.


  2. Decent Starting Point

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    Former Employee - Environmental Programs Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Environmental Programs Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent entry level jobs which can help build experience for those new to the environmental market. Solid employment prospects, and a benefit allowance that pays for most of your insurance is nice. Some flexibility in scheduling depending on which manager you have.

    Cons

    Salary isn't great, and there's little prospect for advancement or increased pay. Some managers are inflexible. Health insurance could be better.


  3. Got to participate in many activities like a full-time employee.

    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and atmosphere

    Cons

    Did not experience any negative aspects


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  5. Poor management with a lack of clear policy.

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    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Field jobs are interesting. ECLS environmental specialist are the most independent in the ODEQ , work in field offices, and may only see or hear from their manager once every week or two. Good group of peers.

    Cons

    Lack of training and safety. Safety training for field staff responding to environmental complaints, facility inspections, emergency response, etc. consisted of one safety class in five years concerning office hazards. No upward mobility past Environmental Specialist III unless someone dies or retires. There is a lack of cohesive policy by management in that their answers to the same policy can change daily. Lots of guns and pitbulls in the rural areas and it has been expressly said by upper management that you can not defend yourself. If attacked you can always leave and if you hit someone, even in self defense, you will be fired. Job classification lumps everyone but administrative techs, management, and engineers as environmental specialists.

    Advice to Management

    More training is needed. Safety needs reviewed. Policy should be established and only change by board decision. Salary has not increased in 5 years and needs reviewed. Job classification needs reviewed as a person who reviews a single type of document or deals with one aspect of one environmental media is classified and paid the same as people who are on emergency call, respond to dangerous situations, require more science in their degree, or are required to be registered professional environmental specialists.


  6. Benefits of working for the state

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    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Bartlesville, OK
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Bartlesville, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quickly progress up the salary scale. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Max out on pay scale by third year of employment. With experience, pay is not comparable to private industry. Procedures and paper work are typical of what you would expect or worse than maybe you could image.


  7. If you have talent, ambition, or are intelligent - apply elsewhere.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    decent amount of paid leave for the US

    Cons

    Management is only promoted from within; therefore, ideas become inbreed. If management could ever reach a decision, it would be based on precedent from 20 years ago, not modern research, science, or rational thought. The culture, most politely, is colloquial schema.



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