Texas Education Agency Reviews

Updated June 8, 2015
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  1. A good place to work...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Texas Education Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People, location, healthy, cafe in the basement

    Cons

    Politics, promotions, management afraid of its own shadow

    Advice to Management

    Let your people do their jobs and do them well without micro management


  2. Great organization to work for!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Texas Education Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, fast-paced, important work, knowledgeable and professional directors and bosses, flexible schedules, given latitude to make decisions about projects

    Cons

    The separate divisions within TEA don't always communicate well with one another. Certain employees are overworked while other employees seem to not have much work.

    Advice to Management

    Seek to spread out the workload among employees. Continue to provide employees with latitude to make decisions about projects.


  3. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Location, location, location, not much else

    Cons

    will not change, keeps old guard, lack of knowledge, fearful environment, State employees acting in unprofessional manner with contractors, contractors contacting lobbyist to connect with State officials to ensure they get their contract......

    Advice to Management

    Change and follow professional conduct, etc....


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  5. Great work life balance, but slow to improve.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People respect each other and work life balance.

    Cons

    Getting used to political decisions and roadblocks with special projects.

    Advice to Management

    Employees have specialized skills. Use the right person for the right job.


  6. Outstanding; highly recommended for position o transition for Emotionally Disturbed Students

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist
    Former Employee - Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Texas Education Agency part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Experience acquired PRN: ability to begin position without applied experience in specific behavioral expectations.

    Cons

    Training specific to student population, campus specific, consistency of district expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Training specific to position and expectations of each; supportive instruction of employee, parent and students.


  7. Not really satisfied.

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Texas Education Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    many holidays, workload is manageable

    Cons

    too much micro management and politics

    Advice to Management

    trust the employees


  8. Education in Texas

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Texas Education Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    TEA provides opportunities to foreign nationals to work in the United States.

    Cons

    International Educational Measurements for U.S education is in 26th place. Why do you think that is happening? Most schools in all districts hire new Teachers every year to pay less administratively Children's education suffer because of the inexperience of new foreign national Teachers. Education in U.S. has become big business instead of the opposite.

    Advice to Management

    Administrators concentrate in educating our U.S. children instead of making big business with the education of our children. Stop creating false Teachers' shortages Stop hiring foreigners with emergency Teaching certificates Hire U.S Teachers


  9. Helpful (3)

    I was a faceless piece of meat, only appreciated by my fellow faceless pieces of meat.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Texas Education Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hey, it's a coveted "state job." Work 8 to 5, lots of holidays, no overtime, full hour for lunch, full benefits, etc. You get a big, powerful computer to play with, with all the latest software. Do your stage agency drone work, spend the rest of the day web surfing and goldbricking.

    Cons

    You sit all day in a tiny, dull beige cubicle staring at a computer. Your work and mission are determined by upper management, typically people you never meet. EVERYTHING here is based on politics and power. Middle and upper management is full of incredibly cold, cruel people who have utterly no idea what they are doing, so they just tell somebody below them what to do. I worked there 18 years; probably 90% of the employees have no education background and never set foot in a classroom. I remember one manager assigning grants for a team to work on, 3 grants per person. We tried to explain that it didn't work: some grants took a whole team 4 hours a day for 6 months to complete, while another one might require one person for 10 minutes once a year. His reply, and I quote: "well, I'm the boss, and what I say goes." This is one of those places where you don't DARE disagree with the people above you. If they say the sky is green, the sky is green. If they say 2+2=5, 2+2=5. Period. No discussion. The attitude is like, "shut up and go back to your cube, you brainless little insect." They are obsessed with control and power; many of them require you to sign out just to go to the restroom. Show up 30 seconds late because of traffic or a stuck elevator, and you can be written up.

    Advice to Management

    Let people work the way they want to and leave them alone, as long as the achieve their missions. Stay away from their cubes.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Terrible place, unless you like bureaucratic red tape and stupid people.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Specialist IV in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Specialist IV in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    State benefits, holidays, 8-5, etc.

    Cons

    Stupid people with egos as big as the agency itself.

    Advice to Management

    You are not that important.


  11. Helpful (3)

    okay for a landing spot

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Austin, TX

    Pros

    One of the better State agencies. Large size allows for some lateral movement. Positions and workload allow time for networking. Most departments pay and allow for employees to attend training and achieve certifications.

    Cons

    Governor appoints Sr. Management. Top to down decisions are affected by that. Technologies allow for only one or two specialists; not a full team of FTE's. Specialty teams are hired by Accenture, et. al.

    Advice to Management

    n/a



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