State of Texas Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
56 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

    Good for experience, not for salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement can be available if the employee is work hard and seeks internal opportunities. Typically, employees have to go to new state agencies in order to advance, rather than advancing in their own agencies.

    Cons

    The State of Texas imposes a cap for the Executive Director of every Texas State Agency. This causes salaries for the rest of the management staff to have a cap as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide additional opportunities that come in the form of non-monetary benefits such as: tuition reimbursement, opportunities to travel to conferences, etc.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work comes before family. Low pay.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. 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.

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  5.  

    Not enough money or raises

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay for entry level if you are ok with working entry level for the next 5years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Voc Rehab Counselor  in  DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Voc Rehab Counselor in DFW, TX

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

    Pros

    Earn tons of comp time and can take off when you need or want. No real stress involved so job doesn't spill over into home life.

    Cons

    Plenty of training and CEU's available but no real advancement in terms of promotion unless you already have an IN with management. No salary increases even when you make a career ladder due to constant budget constraints. Not expected to think only do what management says to stay in compliance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are not gonna provide bonuses, raises, or merits at least invest in your employees by providing tuition reimbursement across the board. Also career ladder should be automatic with time and commendable reviews.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    Overall great people to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Veterans Representative  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Veterans Representative in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Good hours, friends at work. Pride of accomplishment when you help someone reach a goal or objective and overcome a personal barrier to obtaining a fulfilling and rewarding position as an employee.

    Cons

    Cheap pay, may take 15-20 years of state employment to reach comporable private or federal salary which starts at that same amount you are earning after many years of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many at the upper levels of management who are out of touch, or have no idea what the workers at the "working level" have to do to reach set "goals and objectives". Too many unused and unnecessary reports are required. One refined report should suffice for all agencies with specific needs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Have enjoyed working with the company and plan to retire from there.

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

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

    Pros

    Bonuses given for good work when funds are available in the budget.
    Enjoy working with the staff in my local office.

    Cons

    The workload is heavy as with most state agencies. Due to heavy workload some new hires leave soon after being hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow overtime to be able to complete work with time limits.

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    don't work for rick perry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Investigator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigator III  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Investigator III in Austin, TX

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are great at State

    Cons

    Pay could be much better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not have any advise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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