Texas Department of State Health Services

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Texas Department of State Health Services Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
43 Reviews

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  1.  

    Going places

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Love the leadership and the management structure. Some great projects coming down the pike and would love to manage some of those, Don't see why I couldn't.

    Cons

    There aren't any cons that I can see aside from the usual pockets of negativity that you find everywhere, particularly in state agencies where people may be hanging on for retirement and don't want to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    I led policy development, including state administrative rulemaking, for more than 20 years.

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    Former Employee - Policy  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Policy in Austin, TX

    Pros

    This is a state job so it has state health and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    The agency has come under extremely unfavorable review by the state's Sunset Advisory Commission, so expect some changes at high levels in the next six months or so. At one time the agency (and its predecessor) had generous policies with respect to training and personal growth, but in recent years the agency mission has become driven more by politics than by values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to a value-based decision-making approach and to the professionalization of administrative services.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Excellent place to work

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Texas Department of State Health Services is a really nice place to work. There were always helpful people around. Work hours were nice. No overtime work.

    Cons

    People around you may leave for all kinds of reasons. Changing environment. Low pay. Inefficient technology support. Too slow to set up all the facilities for a new employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    TX DSHS lacking IT Vision, Direction, and Leadership

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

    Pros

    As a state agency, DSHS provides several paid holidays each year and a monthly accruing Vacation/Sick Leave.
    Once past the Probationary Period, you are pretty much set for life.

    Cons

    Too much micro-management even at the Associate Commissioner levels. Nobody trusts anybody and everything is subject to review on a whim. Very poor environment from the ground up. No respect, no professionalism, no support, and no advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider sending ALL managers to some kind of supervisory training. The mid and upper management have lost sight of the fact that their undocumented job activity is to mentor and nurture professional growth in their subordinates. We have placed our professional lives in your hands when we accepted the job and you are failing!

    Consider also working with Legislature to draft up some kind of professional/career advancement mechanism. Without any raises or merit increases, our only recourse is to constantly look for new jobs. Even if a position opens in our own area, we have to apply, be reviewed, be interviewed, and hopefully get offered the position that sits right beside us daily. The unspoken motto of all state employees is "To Move Up, You Must Move On" This robs the agency of valuable knowledge and skills and forces them to post, interview, hire, train all over again. If you'd TRY to keep us, you'd save so much time/money and earn a lot more support and good-will from us!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Interesting, but not stressful.

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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    It is a very supportive atmosphere

    Cons

    Very frustrating to achieve any change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider career paths so that people don't have to change jobs/agencies to advance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good place to start but not to stay

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    Current Employee - Microbiologist II  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Microbiologist II in Austin, TX

    Pros

    great benefits and you get all the holidays off.

    Cons

    Low pay and horrible management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage and stop the favoritism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Yuck

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    Current Employee - Microbiologist  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Microbiologist in Austin, TX

    Pros

    -Bennies are good.
    -Time off is excellent, so 2 stars for work life balance.
    -40 hr work week. period.
    -the job is incredibly easy.
    -it is almost categorically impossible to get fired. threaten to kill someone. that's the only way out.

    Cons

    -it is almost categorically impossible to get fired. threaten to kill someone. that's the only way out.
    -because of the previous comment, there is a TON of deadweight slinking around the halls of this place, many who have been here for years, just........killing........time.
    -clearly a female-oriented bias to the hiring and promoting strategy around here. also: be non-caucasian. it really, really helps your odds.
    -due to the nature of the job, every day is ground hog day.
    -with a few exceptions, management is functionally incompetent at all levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start firing people. lots of people. imagine what salaries could look like if you cut the work force in half? imagine how much work you could accomplish if you hired people who were willing to work more than a half day's work? like it or not, people are motivated by a sense of accomplishment and by money. you provide neither.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Microbiologist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    All jobs here are not demanding

    Cons

    The problem are the employees. The state pays so little that nobody cares about their work.

  10.  

    Great coworkers, so so salary

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist III  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Specialist III in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Very friendly and supportive coworkers. Casual atmosphere. Straighforward job duties

    Cons

    Relatively low salary and caps on salary increases during promotions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoyed working for the State.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX

    Pros

    The benefits package is good. Once you start working for the State, it is easy to stay with them. They frequently promote from within.

    Cons

    When promoted from within, you only get a 7% raise unless the new position has a higher base pay. The benefit package may be altered whenever the Legislature meets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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