SW Florida Water Management District

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SW Florida Water Management District Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
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  1.  

    Overall a great organization and a good learning experience, with opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people and the mission are fantastic. Base compensation is average for public sector, low as compared to private sector, but offset by the fact that for most jobs there is not a lot of travel away from home. If you are family and community oriented and value your "off time," most jobs at the District will allow you to achieve good work-life balance. Many (but not all) managers allow at least some flexibility in work hours and locations (depending on job requirements) - if this is important to you, you should inquire during the interview stage. Base benefits are still excellent (health, time off, etc.), even though they have been reduced somewhat over the past couple of years. Tuition assistance is a nice plus. The work environment is enjoyable, with employee safety and health a high priority.

    Cons

    Big organizational changes over the past few years, reductions in staff and budget, changes in leadership direction, etc. have been a significant challenge both for staff and for management. This has created a high level of stress for staff who remain after the reductions. Although I believe management truly does want to achieve positive change, often decisions made seem to run contrary to stated goals and lead to employee distrust. Environment is highly influenced politically by external sources. This can lead to perceived micromanagement at times. Salaries and benefits are constrained partially because of budget limitations and partially because of outside influences, not necessarily because of management preference or intent. Professional advancement can be great for some jobs (scientific/engineering), but is far more limited for others (administration and support functions). Sometimes internal policies are inconsistently applied from manager to manager. Access to training has been more limited in recent years because of budget constraints, decisions on training (especially external) are more highly driven by need and budget limitations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions and take actions that align with what you say - you sometimes send a message that you do not intend. Behave like a consolidated and supportive leadership team - staff know when there are fractures and dissent within the ranks of management and it causes discomfort. Recognize that staff are hard working and dedicated and show them the trust and appreciation they deserve. Let them do their jobs and they will happily be held accountable for doing them well. Spend more time making direct contact with the staff at all levels to build trust - if they get to you know you personally and believe you want to know them, it will make it easier to build a trust environment. Make a special and concerted effort to openly and frequently show staff in all operational areas that they are part of the team and that their work is valued - management tends to focus on certain areas and pay little attention to others. Delegate, show trust and the great District staff will take you where you want to go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Poor management, selective rules apply

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooksville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooksville, FL

    I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    decent pay for this area

    Cons

    Poor management. People are promoted for who they know in more cases than what they know. Smoozing and wasting time on non work related chatter will get you promoted faster than knowing what you are doing. There are some smart individuals there but a large amount of management without a clue of what their group does will make you dislike your position depending on what group you are in. Once management no longer 'favors' you, they selectively apply written district quidelines to their advantage to try to force you out. Several good employees were let go a few years and they are just now trying to rebuild a destroyed company morale, but leftover management that should have been removed still exists and gets reinforced by their 'friends' in other postions of management. looking forward to departure to a job where coworkers anbd departments actually work WITH each other instead of playing political games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow your own rules and guidelines. Stop applying special rules as you see fit. Hire management that can actually manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Working at the Southwest Florida Water Management District was a great learning Experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Unified Communications Engineer in Brooksville, FL
    Former Employee - Unified Communications Engineer in Brooksville, FL

    I worked at SW Florida Water Management District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Open exchange of information was excellent and this was encouraged by Management. Opportunities for training were good and encouraged also. Management has an open door policy which is a real open door policy you can use anytime. This includes all management in each department. If given the opportunity I would be glad to work there again!!

    Cons

    Issues with restructuring due to the economy. The economy seems to have stabilized and positions are stable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Job, keep it up!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    What was once a great place to work, has become a neutral employer with little room for career advancement.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The nature of this government agency promotes exposure to a broad range of IT technology. Great hands on experience and support from management to learn new things. Education reimbursement and company paid training are wonderful incentives.

    Cons

    No career path for employees. No pay raises in over 5 years. Daily work can be consumed with non IT related job duties (Time tracking, time allocation, work order system, Change Management).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the amount of non IT related administrative work. Define career paths and pay incentives. These things are important to your employees. Overall, Management keeps a positive attitude with promise of change.

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    The job was a lot of just keeping track of paperwork. I am an engineer, but didn't do much engineering.

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    Former Employee - Student Intern in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Student Intern in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at SW Florida Water Management District as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are all very kind, and everyone is able to work together well. I liked the friendly atmosphere of the workplace.

    Cons

    The job can get very repetitive. I was very bored after a while because I was just sitting at a desk staring a computer screens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's not really much advice to give, because this is a government agency and they have a specific job to complete.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Troubled workplace because of changes due to economy and political decisions.

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    Former Employee - Accountant I in Brooksville, FL
    Former Employee - Accountant I in Brooksville, FL

    I worked at SW Florida Water Management District full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are the people you want on your team!! The best of the best work at the District.

    Cons

    Economic induced layoffs; with more to come.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Sr. Land Use Specialist

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    Current Employee - Senior Land Use Specialist in Brooksville, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Land Use Specialist in Brooksville, FL

    I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay for the area

    Cons

    The worst "good old boy" employer. Rules apply to some but not the same to others. At one time this was a great place to work that made a real difference in water management, now the system seems so corrupt. If you question the system or how the funds are being spent, you are labeled a trouble maker and they will find a way to be rid of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are trying to clean things up. They lost allot of good employees in the voluntary leave program. Good luck to the dedicated employees left to manage the District with some ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooksville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooksville, FL

    I worked at SW Florida Water Management District

    Pros

    Health and other benefits are decent. Leave policies are good.

    Cons

    Since 2004, SWFWMD is run for the financial benefit of top managment. They could care less about the environment or the employees of the organization. It used to be a great place to work and was peopled by dedicated employees. No more.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Not a good place to be right now

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

    I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District

    Pros

    If you can make it past the downsizing, the benefits have always been pretty good. Health, dental, and vision insurance plans are good. What's left of the Florida Retirement System pension plan benefit is still a pretty good deal if you make it past the 8 year vesting period.

    Cons

    State budget cuts, governing board politics, and looming layoffs are contributing to the worst morale ever seen there. And it's only expected to get worse as the Florida Govenor continues to slash budgets and methodically dismantle the water management districts even further. The sense of purpose that once was felt working there is no longer as the good, talented, and dedicated people are either being laid off or are leaving for more lucrative and stable positions elsewhere. Salaries there continue to lag 20%-25% BELOW comparable private sector market. There have been no salary raises in the past three years, and no raises are expected for at least the next two years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your human capital. Treat them with respect, especially in these tough times there. Make sure you have right leadership talent in management positions -- not all managers are effective leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    if you want to work in an environment of group think and intolerance of science that challenges politics....

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

    I worked at SW Florida Water Management District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Little left to respect in this agency - benefits include good health insurance, tuition reimbursement, higher salary than most state agencies. Campus is nice. Internal workings in chaos.P

    Cons

    Staff demoralized after series of layoffs of highly qualified people, many politically motivated. More layoffs pending. Staff paralyzed by fear, and after laying off leaders who had good knowledge and history of agency, processes and evaluations that have already been done in past are being duplicated for no reason. Management is clueless. Findings of an organizational evaluation done in 2011 that found poor leadership and high tolerance
    of incompetancies were ignored. Instead, the heavy lifters were fired and low performers were retained, or even rewarded with promotions. Sad to see an organization once of the highest caliber reduced to ashes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - those that were of any value were fired, and only "yes" people with little originality were retained in high positions. The ED and his "cabinet" and advisors should be dismissed, as should Governing Board who allowed the dismissal of some of the most dedicated and highest performing employees through a "voluntary seperation program" - which was not voluntary or "performance-based".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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