State of Texas Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Great benefits; opportunities; good people you Work with (in 10 reviews)

  • Typical state job, nice benefits, good people (in 2 reviews)

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  • It's not feasible to try running a public agency like it's the private sector (in 5 reviews)

  • no raises because of budget issues (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Systems Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time

    Pros

    Steady job, good working condition. Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Limited growth. Slow implementation of latest technology

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. If You Need Health Care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time

    Pros

    This is fine if you just need a job with decent benefits to tide you over for a while.

    Cons

    No opportunities for promotion or cross-training, no performance bonuses, chance of getting canned every time the Legislature meets.


  3. customer service

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Stephenville, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Stephenville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits package hours of service

    Cons

    low pay scale, lack of movement


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  5. Active treatment Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Active Treatment Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Active Treatment Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Caring nice people to work with and great benifits

    Cons

    Work can be overwelling occasionaly and pay is low


  6. Average organization to work for

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    Former Employee - TWA I in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - TWA I in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, Sick Leave, vacation, pension, employee assistance

    Cons

    Low pay, bureaucracy, limited opportunity to advance unless willing to move to Austin. Pay increase contingent upon policy changes which means you can be locked into the same salary even if cost of living goes up. HHSC is completely disorganized and training does not help you once you get back to your field office. Management wasn't very supportive.

    Advice to Management

    Need to change management practices from micromanaging to transformational leadership.


  7. State govt employment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Texas (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paid benefits Savings and retirement plan available

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity for current staff


  8. Chief of Staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at State of Texas full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of exposure to decision makers. Fun work environment. Always learning new things and getting to ask experts questions on demand.

    Cons

    Working during session can be a drag because of the long hours and clique mentality. Colleagues are mediocre and believe they know more than they actually do.

    Advice to Management

    Pay upper staff more and create incentive system to attract better talent. Keep up the good work.


  9. Policy Analyst - Texas State Representative

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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of Texas full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Working directly with legislators, constituents, lobbyists, advocates, and policy groups to develop and implement legislation. 2. Great networking opportunities across multiple industries. Laws affect every facet of life and gives you wide access to individuals from various industries and professions. These individuals tend to be senior level individuals with a lot of clout and experience to offer. 3. Access to exclusive political circles and working with State Senators, State Representatives, and various other elected officials and government staff. 4. Working in the Texas Capitol which is a beautiful building. Seems minor, but having the Capitol Building be your office definitely makes coming to work a bit easier, and some days that matters.

    Cons

    1. Poor work to pay balance. You get paid barely enough to live, and get worked to the bone. You are expected to problem solve, be able to go through the hoops of the political process, and deliver legislation that could impact millions of people.... while being paid nothing. 2. Long hours - unflexible schedule. During the later months of session, you can be expected to work till 9-12pm or later, and be required to work weekends. Some days can go even later into the night depending on committee schedules. 3. Poor management. Elected officials may be popular and the best choice to represent their constituents, but they do not have to be good office managers. Micromanagement, poor planning, and hiring based on favors, looks, and familiarity plague many capitol offices.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage. Being a good manager will yield better results in the long term. Hiring competent individuals, and then trusting them will allow for better legislative results. With session being a fight against the clock, it is important to trust the people you have working for you and creating a good office structure that you can rely on later down the line. Be open minded. Take into consideration peoples experience and be willing to compromise. Don't be afraid to be wrong.


  10. Human Resources Specialist IV

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work Life Balance and defined retirement

    Cons

    Political, no real pay for performance

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box


  11. Program Specialist

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Good benefits and good work/life balance

    Cons

    There is people that think that are not many opportunities to advance in you career.



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