Texas Education Agency

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    Not really satisfied.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Education Agency full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    many holidays, workload is manageable

    Cons

    too much micro management and politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Education in Texas

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Director in Austin, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Texas Education Agency

    Pros

    State benefits, holidays, 8-5, etc.

    Cons

    Stupid people with egos as big as the agency itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not that important.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Bureaucracy at its finest.

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    Current Employee - Program Special IV in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Special IV in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Texas Education Agency

    Pros

    Honorable purpose and mission, great benefits, great pay (compared to other agencies)

    Cons

    Management seems arrogant and does not communicate; no one takes responsibility for anything; innovation seems to not be welcomed at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because you have a doctorate does not make you better than everyone.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    okay for a landing spot

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

    I worked at Texas Education Agency

    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 ManagementAdvice

    n/a

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Working at Texas Education Agency

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

    I have been working at Texas Education Agency

    Pros

    Job security
    Fair pay
    Good hours - work/family life balance is possible
    Help the kids in Texas, albeit from a far distance

    Cons

    Mean, lying co-workers
    Lack of fairness in handling incessant complaints from crazy co-workers
    Strong negative attitude of some management and employees
    Constant complaining by some people
    No transparency by Management of strategy, evaluation of employees, goals, results, etc.
    Promotion of the most incompetent colleagues
    General culture of lack of focus on the work, but rather on complaining and hating colleagues and employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obtain factual transparency to performance of workers, take action when needed to correct poor work performance
    Start anonymous assessment of all managers by their employees and make scores public
    Bring more transparency to all aspects of the agency
    Don't allow bullies and complainers to run the agency, this is dragging you way down
    Instigate open door policy for all managers so employees can discuss issues and go above their manager when needed

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You're just a cog.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Education Agency

    Pros

    There may be an opportunity to help individuals in LEAs.

    Cons

    Severely negative feedback when reporting on factual matters in schools. No laughing or comradere allowed. If there is any, it will be used against you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and leave the workforce. You are no longer teachers "leading" in a dictatorship-style. You work with educated professionals whom should be treated as such.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to retire to

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist V
    Current Employee - Program Specialist V

    I have been working at Texas Education Agency

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Retirement package.

    Cons

    Internal politics. Stifled work environment. Lack of information sharing. Little training.

    Doesn't Recommend

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