State of Texas Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Great benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Finance in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Finance in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at State of Texas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability, benefits, working conditions, hours

    Cons

    Legislative restrictions on pay raises, # of employees, etc

    Advice to Management

    Provide more employee incentives


  2. Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It provided steady work for my length.

    Cons

    Not much pay or incentive to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Add more training.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Installing, PC Refresh, troubleshoot and maintain Texas State HHSC workstations (XP and Windows 7)) throughout Region 7

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at State of Texas full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you like to make a difference on the community then working for the State is way to serve. This is a place that does a lot of good for the general public and I am part of it.

    Cons

    Compensation is better in the private sector, but in my case is not about money is about a chance to give back for all the great opportunities I have had in this country.

    Advice to Management

    Understand each person weaknesses and strengths and develop a growing career path.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Run far, run fast from DFPS

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Caseworker
    Former Employee - Caseworker
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of Texas full-time (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 Management

    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!


  6. Excellent employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management in my department and agency, great benefits

    Cons

    The bureaucratic structure of any government agency can be crazymaking at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work supporting staff to do their jobs


  7. Good state agency job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, great executive director, everyone part of the same mission.

    Cons

    Salaries on the low end; tasks sometimes monotonous


  8. I'm happy I've had this experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about working for the state is that it is a stable, decent paying job. There are no surprises, what you see is what you get, so make sure to ask up front all you want to know.

    Cons

    Time off policies could use improvement. There work to life balance is not the best and the job could get very mundane.


  9. Good for experience, not for salary

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

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time (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 Management

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


  10. Work comes before family. Low pay.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at State of Texas full-time (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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Dysfunctional

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bloated budgets, poor interoffice communication. Politics.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house.



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