Texas Department of Public Safety
2.5 of 5 28 reviews
www.txdps.state.tx.us Austin, TX

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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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    Eh State Government

    Auditor III (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsLow stress, little pressure to meet deadlines, put in your 40 hours and you are done, depends on where you work and how much work you have

    Conslow compensation and benefits, many managers just care about getting higher in the organization and do not care about their employees, IT is back in the 90s with lots of paper processing

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to be better managers and care about your employees rather than your own agenda.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Easy job, politics make it hard

    State Trooper (Current Employee)
    Weatherford, TX

    ProsEasy job
    meet alot of good people
    outdoors
    salary is alright
    career wherever in Texas you want to be

    ConsNo oversight in how the supervisors treat you.
    Quotas in the Fort Worth region (you will have 24 drunks a year or lowered eval)
    Racism
    wool uniform

    Advice to Senior ManagementAustin needs to be more involved in what goes on at the lowest level. HR needs to be utilized more rather than a supervisor that doesn't care.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You work too hard and don't get paid enough.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMonthly cake, State benefits and it is a monday - friday job.

    ConsFavoritism, monthly salary, and the rude co-workers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire the rude employees, just because they know what they need to know does not mean they need to be there.

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    Very political

    Proh (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsMonday-Friday job with good life work balance

    ConsManagement does not value employees. Executive Leadership names are used to freely to intimidate others. Too many layers of management for an organization of this size. Remove have the managers and work will get done. Layers (8) of management create layers of BS. Very political!

    Lowest paid state agency

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, value non-commissioned employees that work hard to help keep the troopers and citizens of Texas safe. Without the support staff this agency could not exist.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lousey Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLine workers are good people.

    ConsTheir process for selecting managers is flawed and results in managers being promoted into mediocrity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRevamp management selection process where you reward excellence but screen out those not cut out for management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It could have been better.

    Research Specialist I (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGood, smart people working their butts off.

    ConsGovernment agency makes it difficult to get things done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNA

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low pay, decent student job

    Security Officer I (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGood benefits, flexible about time off, will schedule around college classes. This is a great job if you are a student and don't mind staying up all night. It's even possible to study some in between rounds.

    ConsSecurity work is very dull. Dull work, low pay, night shift work--if it paid a living wage it would be a good job. Then again, sitting in an office building all night isn't really worth a living wage.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good ol' boy system still exist, micromanagment and no over site...

    Administrative Department (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsFlexible hours, benifits package. Weekends off, and compensation time off when you work overtime.

    ConsMicro managers, excessive scrutiny on anyone under management. High turn over rates. The pay was terrible and wasn't equally distributed. The good ol boy system is alive and thriving here, when it comes to promotions or applying for different positions within the department. It's not what you know but WHO you know within the department. Same applies for the managers, they can take two hour lunches, leave when they want, talk to employees anyway they want to, and it all gets swept under the rug by their biased EECO department. Retaliation is accepted at DPS too! Your supervisors will try to implement constructive discharge against you, re assign your duties, etc.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Started out pretty interesting, slowly got boring and frustrating.

    Assistant Mitigation Officer (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsBenefits are great--they have great medical and retirement plans. Co-workers were, for the most part, great.

    ConsPay (raises were almost non-existent). Overtime overly restricted. Only those carrying a gun were considered valuable. Promotions were few and far between (someone had to die, or leave)

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider making the Division an independent agency--take it out from under the Department; its about emergency management (hurricanes, wildfires, floods, droughts, ice storms, tornadoes) not law enforcement--I think it would probably do better under the State Guard.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK type of work environment

    Systems Administrative (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGood Change Management,Good people to work with, Flexible work hours

    ConsThings are slow due to govt process, but chances are that they may improve.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in expertise to the organisation.

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