Texas Workforce Commission

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Texas Workforce Commission Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
30 Reviews
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30 Reviews
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  1.  

    Structured, but great environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Texas Workforce Commission full-time

    Pros

    Manageable workload, approachable management, great benefits

    Cons

    Structured work environment, not very flexible work schedules, awful commute in/out of downtown

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering more flexibility for employees, not everyone wants a standard 8 - 5.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Career Advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Career Navigator in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Career Navigator in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Texas Workforce Commission full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Talking to young adults and helping them explore career options.

    Cons

    No training program in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk o the employees about potential problems before they become bigger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Transitional job only.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Workforce Development Specialist in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Workforce Development Specialist in Denton, TX

    I have been working at Texas Workforce Commission full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Paid holidays and emergency days off (snow / ice / flooding)

    Cons

    Metrics based on unknown data source(s).
    Low pay for work performed.
    Inefficient technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drag technology department into the 21st century.
    Pay parity with civilian counterparts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    ABNORMAL BAD BEHAVIOR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Workforce Commission (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is absolutely nothing to write about any pros regarding working at this place. You have workers or officers as they call themselves who take things personally and rule against things and people that they should not have. They encourage lazy people to keep getting benefits all because they cannot do their job and then blame the hard working business owners for no reason. That's right, they FORCE you to pay fines to support their bad habits.

    Cons

    There are absolutely a lot to write about cons regarding working at this place. You have workers or officers as they call themselves who take things personally against business owners and rule against things and people that they should not have. They encourage lazy people to keep getting benefits all because they cannot do their job and then blame the hard working business owners for no reason. That's right, they FORCE you to pay fines to support their bad habits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should really look at the social media and the complaints that you are getting from business owners and adjust the way that you carry out your so called final judgements against hard working business people. We are here for a reason and not just to support people shoo cannot do their jobs and go from company to company collecting money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    The people are great, the salary is not.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjudicator
    Current Employee - Adjudicator

    I have been working at Texas Workforce Commission full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Free health insurance
    * Straight 8am - 5pm schedule
    * All state and national holidays off
    * No weekends or evenings

    Cons

    The pay is awful, and based on the history of the organization, it's never going to change. Many of the employees work an additional job, or two just to pay their bills. We have employees who are on food stamps, utility assistance and still have trouble supporting their families. The governing bodies who make the decisions about compensation should be ashamed.

    Cost of living raises and merit raises are non-existent. People who take basic phone calls from customers are paid the same as someone who investigates and makes decisions on claims.

    The workload is completely different and they should be paid as such, since the skill-set, accountability and levels of stress are completely different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping good employees motivated and WITH your company requires reward for good work and fair compensation. The state of Texas needs to realize this before they lose the good people they already employ. Having the attitude of "well, we'll just hire people to take their place" is completely backwards and only hurts the people this agency is trying to help...the citizens of the state of Texas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to workj

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staffing Consultant in McAllen, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Staffing Consultant in McAllen, TX

    I have been working at Texas Workforce Commission full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great to help people when they need it

    Cons

    Some people are not motivated

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Just an OK place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Workforce Commission as a contractor

    Pros

    Relaxed, easy going schedules and flexible

    Cons

    Low Salary, no raise offered to employees.

  9.  

    IT management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Worker in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Worker in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Texas Workforce Commission full-time

    Pros

    It's a relaxed working environment, and there are enough key people who are forward-thinking and really care in the IT department to give hope for the future. There is enough good technology to work on to be technically challenged and implement good things. The agency's web applications have millions of users, with several thousand concurrent users, and they perform well. The networks and hardware are excellent too.

    Cons

    The technology is divided between the old (Mainframe, Cobol, Natural) and the new (Java, Unix/Linux, OO). It is generally accepted that the agency is transitioning from old to new, so that's a good thing. But the IT management is mainly from the old technology side, and they lack the knowledge to know what to do with new technology. Even though there are some people who demonstrate the technology possibilities every day, the management still makes horrible, short-sighted decisions, and they are susceptible to fast-talking technology vendors with their silver-bullet solutions that always turn into huge disasters. Others in management are just looking forward to retirement and don't seem to care, or they don't want to make a decision that might "rock the boat". Another problem is the salaries in the IT department are considered lower than even other Texas agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote and/or hire more people from the new technology side of the agency. Trust your technology people to move the agency forward in a positive direction, and stop listening to companies like Gartner and Pegasystems, who see your IT dept. as fresh meat for the taking. Start reining in the large number of differing technologies. Make a decision: either start paying the salaries required to hire and retain good technology folks, or continue to depend on contractors, but don't fire the contractors and continue to pay low salaries - that's a recipe for disaster a few years down the road!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Relaxed Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Programmer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Texas Workforce Commission full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and flexible. time off policy is great and demand is not very high.

    Cons

    Very mixed environment. Unix, AIX, SQL, Powerbuilder, Java, .NET

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on one platform.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Potential for greatness

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Worker in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Worker in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Texas Workforce Commission full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work life balance is really good, depending on where you work you can get a lot of good training and experience and be given a lot of opportunities. If you keep in mind the goal of the agency - you know what you're doing really helps people.

    Cons

    Staffing - it's hard to hire good people and keep them, and sometimes difficult to help the bad employees part company. It's pretty typical of a state agency. There is a high level of red tape, particularly around the outsourced data center.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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