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Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
44 Reviews

3.2
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  1.  

    Life Work Balance Saved the Day

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent time off, generally predictable schedules

    Cons

    Politically motivated decision-makers seem to play politics over science.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Unrewarding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    State insurance, 40 hour work week, and a few more holidays than your friends get.

    Morons apparently have great job security at TCEQ.

    Cons

    Crap salary. If your manager is crap too, get used to it -- a lot of people stick around so they can get the retirement benefits. I don't blame them for making that rational decision, but I can blame them for being lazy, inconsistent, unappreciative, stodgy, and generally uninterested in doing anything that would lift then above the the low side of mediocre. It's not their fault that we're underpaid -- that's the nature of the beast -- but I get the sense that employee morale is not a major concern. People in the private sector may have to occasionally endure silly team-building exercises, but at least those sorts of things are intended for the purposes of morale and, yes, productivity. In my experience, TCEQ barely even makes token attempts to humanize the workplace. I had more job satisfaction working retail as a teenager... but health insurance doesn't pay for itself, so to the endless grey cubicles we must go. Obviously there's political crap governing the agency, since the commissioners are appointed by the Governor. Headlines about the agency are always depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit, consider, and respond to feedback. Treat employees consistently -- productivity expectations, job responsibilities, supervision, etc. If you think you're not paid enough, just remember that your employees are worse off, and that they have a very small chance of advancement. It may be a plodding, inefficient state agency, but that doesn't mean that your management style needs to be plodding and inefficient too. Remember that, particularly in departments with a wide range of ages, you may need to directly address generational issues. The workforce may be predominantly middle-aged, but that doesn't excuse sexist, insensitive, or unprofessional behavior. There are plenty of ways to make employees feel valued, so quit hiding behind low food budgets and find other ways to express appreciation. Genuine praise goes a long way.

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

    Good place to launch a career, but don't get stuck

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    Current Employee - Natural Resource Specialist III  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Natural Resource Specialist III in Austin, TX

    Pros

    -Good management, very friendly co-workers
    -Establish a solid knowledge of regulations
    -Possibility to transfer internally
    -Great holiday schedule with paid time off

    Cons

    -Hard to get anything done b/c of management chains and bureaucracy
    -Little chance of getting personal input/suggestions heard
    -Lack of bonuses/raises for hard workers. Raises adhere to a strict standardized schedule and employees don't get rewarded outside of their prescribed ladder.
    -Commissioners appointed by the governor, and all decisions go through them. Very political.
    -Environmental agency, but the official stance is a general disbelief in climate change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team building and morale building would help make up for the lack of monetary compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The song remains the same....

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    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn various media (air, water, and waste); decent benefits; good work schedule and many paid holidays.

    Cons

    There are many negatives. A lack of consistency, well-defined standards, and clearly stated expectations are just a few. There are great disparities in the way employees are treated and in management styles. In the year plus since I posted my original feedback, the situation has deteriorated somewhat. Currently going through a mass exodus of personnel now that economy appears to be rebounding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Area/Regional Management has recently been shown the door. Not clear yet how this change or the recent appointment of Zak Covar to Executive Director will impact the day-to-day work activities in the Regions.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    OK Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Good Work/Life Balance - Standard 40 hr Work Week
    Good chance for advancement

    Cons

    Pay is below average
    Lots of red-tape as with any governmental agency

    Recommends
  7.  

    Years of experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Holiday time off with pay

    Cons

    have to pay every year for pay flex card

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    can be very satisfying -- but depends on your position

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    - If you work in a division that does interesting work, your job can be very creative
    - People are friendly -- generally not petty, overly gossipy, backstabbing
    - the management in my part of the agency has never been better
    - some of the high level management are very competent and smart and will (sometimes) rule in your favor on important issues, when you have done your homework, even in matters that are somewhat political
    - there are some extremely smart people around here -- you can learn very much

    Cons

    - the highest level of mgmt (Commissioners) are completely political, and essentially a joke (believe global warming is liberal media thing, etc)
    - you're just not going to make that much money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are very good. (I'm not talking about the commissioners.)

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Emissions Evaluator  in  Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - Emissions Evaluator in Lubbock, TX

    Pros

    Ample time off with holidays, vacation, and sick time. Pretty good training opportunities are provided to learn your job, great team approach to the work, at least in the regions.

    Cons

    Pay is not great, mid to upper level management are clueless as to the actual issues and lead with their stick and not integrity. Politics, politics, politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way, get off of your high horse, and listen to employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ok

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    Current Employee - Natural Resource  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Natural Resource in Austin, TX

    Pros

    flexible work schedule for those with children

    Cons

    not a lot of opportunities for upward movement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communication is needed to staff

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Partisan politics counterbalanced by opportunity to protect human health and the environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Opportunity to use technical training to protect human health and the environment and make a difference. Great place to learn how to implement the law, from a technical perspective. Work load is reasonable with little overtime, making it a good place for young parents to start their career. There are many good professionals and areas to work in.

    Cons

    Bureacracy and politics (internal and external) interfers with technical decisions. Top-down management style. The good old boy network is alive and well. Promotions are not made upon merit but upon friendship and who will not question senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needs to go both ways. Decisions should be made based upon the law and the advice of your technical staff - both what you want to hear and what you don't. Staff opinions should not be censored by management. Decision makers need to hear all sides, not just the predetermined answer.

    No opinion of CEO

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