State of Texas Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
56 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits; opportunities; good people you Work with (in 10 reviews)

  • health insurance, flexible hours to extent, coworkers, learning new things (in 2 reviews)


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

  • 30% under payed compared to private industry heavy workload (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Run far, run fast from DFPS

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Caseworker
    Former Employee - Caseworker

    I worked at State of Texas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Front line co-workers were wonderful people, good retirement plan, days off, they will hire almost anyone willing to work for them.

    Cons

    Agency run by self-serving morons, it's all about numbers, you will die from the long term effects of constant stress before you enjoy much of that retirement plan, insurance is awful, turnover and burnout is high, management has no clue about anything, very negative environment, caseloads are ridiculous, your work will be piled up and waiting for you following any days off because no one else has time to cover it and management doesn't know how.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn your employees' jobs. You are not above getting your hands dirty. Raise the pay, raise morale, lower the caseloads, and you might keep some competent people working for the agency long enough to get promoted into management instead of the crap "talent" that sticks around now. As a bonus, you may even accomplish what the agency was meant to do!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Work comes before family. Low pay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at State of Texas full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits and holidays. Flexible hours. Met some nice people and gained a lot of experience.

    Cons

    It's not feasible to try running a public agency like it's the private sector. Tuition reimbursement would be a nice benefit. The worst part was management's attitude that work comes before family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't expect someone to be at work the day after losing their home and pet (and almost their child) to a fire. Be understanding and realize crises happen. Also, don't tell someone that has to take off for a sick child to take them to many appointments or be with them in the hospital that they haven't "explored all their options". Not everyone has two sets of grandparents to dump their sick kids on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not enough money or raises

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Humble, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Humble, TX

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Constant, hard to get fired, hard to lose

    Cons

    No raises hardly ever, every other blue mon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very unorganized- not happy at all

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerk III  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Clerk III in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Employee insurance is paid for

    Cons

    Everyone is unorganized, and does not care if the job is being done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Dysfunctional Agency

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State of Texas

    Pros

    Opportunity to live in Austin, TX. In a building a couple blocks from the state capitol where you could meet some other people working for State of Texas if you want to seek opportunities to move up in the government.

    Cons

    Some specific divisions have people in high places who play favorites with the employees and harass those less favored to the point where it could hinder their career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees and do not run off all the good employees with dysfunctional activities within the agency. Give them opportunities to train up.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Texas

    Pros

    Somewhat stable opportunity. Not like a small company. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Bloated budgets, poor interoffice communication. Politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience with the State of Texas is that there are no raises and bonuses on a regular basis.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You have medical insurance that the state pays for.

    Cons

    You only get paid monthly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build on espirit de corp and give an incentive to continue in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    don't work for rick perry

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time

    Pros

    good salary for public sector

    Cons

    horrible internal communication, crappy management, hostile work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    act like you care even if you don't. COMMUNICATE!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    State employment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerical  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Clerical in Austin, TX

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    steady but unspectacular, good holidays and benefits.

    Cons

    no raises because of budget issues

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    This is not a place to work if you value ongoing training and advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at State of Texas

    Pros

    Stable employment; average employee in professional capacity over 15 years with most deciding to take retirement upon achieving 30 years. Bonus incentive for longevity after 2 years.

    Cons

    No real advancement in terms of promotion. Most opportunities are temporary positions. There is no ongoing training provided. The salaries are not marketable. The benefits have been cut significantly over the years. Aside from early retirement, the benefit package is no longer comparable to private industry. Many positions are not used to their own capacities and employees are not challenged to produce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide assignments befitting the level of the position. Use the resources at your disposal as opposed to hiring extensive contracting resources. Provide ongoing professional and technical training.

    Doesn't Recommend

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