Texas Water Development Board

www.twdb.texas.gov
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Texas Water Development Board Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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  1. Good Work

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

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Regular work schedule and lots of vacation time.

    Cons

    Upper management does not value engineering, and little opportunity for internal growth.


  2. Helpful (1)

    I have experienced growth and development at the TWDB

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Administrator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are wish and needs, TWDB allows me to get all my needs covered, and some of my wishes granted.

    Cons

    The work is very interesting, but can get stressful at times, especially when meeting with legislative rules and deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Unethical execs make it hard to work here, especially if you're a woman

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many smart people at the line-staff level, as well as many who sincerely care about their jobs and the impact of the agency on Texans.

    Cons

    Executive management is a disgrace. Chairman Rubinstein is as unethical and slimy as they come. The former Chief Deputy Executive Administrator was handed the position because he's a personal friend of Rubinstein. Just months after he was hired, he was forced to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment, although only because legal action was threatened. If it was just a single complaint, they would have turned a blind eye. Executive management let him leave with dignity and even had the gall to send out an apologetic e-mail expressing their sadness over his departure. Although he was a friend of Rubinstein, all three of the Board members were aware of his track record (not the first time he'd been let go because of sexual harassment...seriously), and did nothing. They are all complicit. If you're a woman, steer clear of the TWDB. Sexual harassment is condoned, ethics are lacking, and execs are more concerned with their political future than they are with providing affordable water infrastructure for the citizens of Texas. I'm afraid of the upcoming legislative session.

    Advice to Management

    This is a small agency and news travels fast. There's really nothing that can be done to reverse the disgusting impression you've left on everyone.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Omnipresent frustration.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a decent benefits package including (limited) retirement fund matching, along with useful (but expensive) medical insurance, and some occasional holidays.

    Cons

    The abysmal pay serves to simultaneously spark grudges among current employees while failing to attract high-caliber personnel as potential employees. Consequently, there is a tremendous amount of dead weight at this agency. Be prepared to carry the lazy without being compensated for it. Don't expect any room in the budget for legitimate training opportunities. Additionally, this management offers no hope for career advancement opportunities. You would be hard-pressed to find any reward mechanism used to incentivize hard work or critical thinking. The fact is that the C-Suite has turned over and there's no experience left at the top. These people focus an inordinate amount of time and tax dollars on public relations. Practical matters have fallen by the wayside.

    Advice to Management

    Separate the wheat from the chaff. Reward the wheat and fire the chaff.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Highly political and repressive environment which rewards connections to the Governors Office and little else.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The staff (other than executive management) is highly professional and hard working. Water Planning, financing and water science along with collection and dissemination are key programs. Many smart people who care about the future of Texas work here.

    Cons

    Stifling and repressive environment of fear and retribution. Executive management is either from TCEQ or the Governors Office with little if any institutional knowledge of the agency or its programs. They are spoiled, self-serving and entitled; basically the opposite of public servants. The demands they place on staff are entirely unreasonable and stressful. It would be funny except that the opportunity to invoke their anger and retribution lurks at every turn. If you don't march in lock step you're either fired or forced out.

    Advice to Management

    Come out of your ivory tower and get a grip on the toxic environment that has been fostered since the reorganization. Your constantly shifting demands and lack of clarity and understanding of what it takes to get the job done is burning out staff. Soon you'll be left only with those who aren't able to quit. Also cut the atmosphere that exists in executive management which fosters sexual innuendo and devalues women. The emperor has no clothes. ( P.S. This view is very widely held.)


  7. Helpful (3)

    Mundane

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people working for the agency.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, C-Level turnover. At the whim of the Legislature.


  8. Helpful (4)

    I have been working at the Texas Water Development Board for over 3 years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, tons of vacation days, friendly work environment, important job with purpose. I would recommend this job to someone looking to coast through the next 30 years on little pay but little work or to a recent graduate trying to gain some experience.

    Cons

    Low salary, very few chances for advancement, no raises, no incentives or perks for hard workers, office politics, some very lazy workers. I would not recommend this job to an over-achiever looking to climb the ranks. The well paid jobs at this agency would be easier to transfer into (unless you want to wait 7-10 years)

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who get things done, tone down the bureaucratic totem pole and get rid of people who don't do their job


  9. Helpful (4)

    Worst ran place I have ever heard of.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time

    Pros

    You will make good friends with your coworkers, in much the same way soldiers in a fox hole become brothers.

    Cons

    If you speak out against senior management, even in the hallway - you will be fired or "encouraged" to quit. Executive management each make six figures except for the female directors who make $90,000. Management cannot be trusted - announced no one would be fired during the reorganization then subsequently fired or urged many people to retire. There is no such thing as "Corporate Values." 10% of the agency does 99% of the work. Only way to survive is to be a "Yes-Man." Management announced bonuses and raises but then gave them to themselves!

    Advice to Management

    Keep your word. Spend less money on yourselves.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Following rules are more important than getting a job done.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are okay, but not great.

    Cons

    Office politics are more important than work. A lot of people doing nothing and not qualified for the job they are assigned. Management has very little integrity and can't be trusted.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to discern fact from fiction.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Ok, think about working at another state agency

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

    I worked at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not many that I saw

    Cons

    Too much office politics, not much opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Keep the people that are working.



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