Port of Houston Authority

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Port of Houston Authority Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
9 Reviews
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    POHA Houston, TX

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Port of Houston Authority

    Pros

    nice place to work, good people

    Cons

    Top management heavy and overpaid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide structure and firm process for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    An unethical and unprofessional work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Port of Houston Authority full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance, the work is not overwhelming and can be done in a normal work day. 9-80 schedule is great, with every other Friday off. The staff is very friendly and very supportive.

    Cons

    Poor management who cares more about the bottom line than the people. Horrible managers are supported and not reprimanded for their poor management skills. There is no confidentiality in the HR department. While the turnover rate is high, the organization refuses to address the underlying issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expect that people will continue to leave until they improve the work environment and get rid of the toxic managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Employee beware

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Port of Houston Authority full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    People are very friendly. The work can be challenging and interesting. The work/life balance is great and the pay is pretty decent.

    Cons

    Several people in management positions make it challenging for employees to progress within the organization. Poor managers keep their jobs even though turnover rates in their departments are high. Internal politics make managers paranoid. The gossip is excessive; not sure how employees get their work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct regular surveys of your employees. Make employee retention a priority. Hold management classes for senior managers. Update your employee handbook and policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work. Everyone is like family.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Seabrook, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Seabrook, TX

    I worked at Port of Houston Authority full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Every other Friday off. 11 paid holidays. Relaxed work environment. Annual employee appreciation meals.

    Cons

    The Port of Houston Authority has a very low atrition rate. Most people retire from here after many years of service. This coupled with the size of the organization, makes growth and advancement challenging. It is still a great place to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the communication open. i had a great manager at the Port. He was always sound and fair.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depends what you are looking for

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Port of Houston Authority

    Pros

    Lots of time off. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Very little raises for the technical discipline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is doing the best that they can. They are restructuring and trying to get their balance sheet in order.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great internship pay but does not lead to a fufilling career.

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Port of Houston Authority

    Pros

    They offer interns substantially higher salaries in comparison to other employers. Co-workers are easily approachable and provide advice about life and their careers openly. My supervisor was great; easy to talk to about all topics dealing with careers, life styles, and further academic studies. We communicated often and I was taken out on a tour of the port via car and boat. My supervisor provided useful guidance and feedback on my work.

    Cons

    Slow environment. Monotonous work. A very old company culture. Not much room for growth. Coworkers advised me not to spend my career there. The employees just gave off an impression that if they could have a postion that fufilled their financial needs anywhere else, they would leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The engineering sector needs a boost of moral .Employees feel they are working towards nothing.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Port of Houston Authority

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule and off every other Friday!

    Cons

    No real dialogue, just concentrate on objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enormus potential.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Port of Houston Authority

    Pros

    Generally employees are hard working and for a relatively small organization it really can accomplish some big things. It is a global leader in the movement of commerce into and out of the US. Truely a global contender. The new CEO has taught senior management to think strategically.

    Cons

    Old practices die hard. IT is behind about 10 years but is making rapid improvement under new leadership. HR policies are out dated. Politics plays a big role in decision making. Infrastructure has been ignored for about 20 years in favor of revenue. No investment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give middle managers freedom to manage.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good workplace for the long haul.

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    Current Employee - Electrician
    Current Employee - Electrician

    I have been working at Port of Houston Authority

    Pros

    Not a traditional electrician job. Kinda like a firehouse, action on demand. OT hrs of 1000-1700 per year easy. Light bulbs, motors, MCC, PLC, AC/DC drives, copper to fibre, interfaces, HMI, etc.
    Go as deep as you like. Union = ILA (1% of gross) Annual gross 90 to 140K, mostly up to you.

    Cons

    OT hours can stress some relationships. FRC required & supplied. Work at heights with some risky movements under any weather condition. When critical equipment fails you may have to stay with it until the problem is resolved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. Get up to date on management -to- worker relationships and sound decision making. Be careful who you promote. What you promote as a cooperative person to foreman tends to lack management and craft skills. Which means they never earn respect by those tasked to get things done.

    Recommends
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