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California Air Resources Board Reviews

Updated December 28, 2016
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  1. "Supervise engineers and scientist on air pollution issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sound technical analyses and good cause

    Cons

    Political overlay can be cumbersone

    Advice to Management

    None specifically keep up the good work


  2. "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Taking training classes is recommended and encouraged by management

    Cons

    Very political, management could be more transparent, promotions are to the privileged few

    Advice to Management

    Lost for words


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Office Technician Experience"

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    Former Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Air Resources Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the managerial staff appreciate the work done by admin if they are willing to step up and contribute. There are a lot of very professional, smart, and kind people who work there. If you exercise you can spend a lot of your work time doing it. Absolutely no dress code. Tank tops and gym shorts with large tattoos showing on women absolutely tolerated. Men can wear shorts all year round.

    Cons

    The division I worked in has a Code of Silence about one worker. The worker works part-time and gets paid full-time. Management uses intimidation to coerce you to go along. If you speak up it only gets worse. ARB has a zero tolerant workplace violence program that seems to be used to management's benefit. Nothing is ever resolved. It just stirs the pot and makes things worse. It is hard to find staff services section employees to take care of business needs.

    Advice to Management

    Initiate change when problems are found. If a manager is demeaning to office workers, don't have them manage office workers. If there is an obvious attendance problem, do something about it instead of looking the other way. We all pay taxes! If there are problem relationships between chiefs and workers separate them.


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  5. "Air Resources Technician II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to start, have a lot of opportunity to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Can be boring, and repetitive at time.


  6. "Air Resources Technician"

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    Current Employee - Air Resources Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Air Resources Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The job is very laid back. The work is not hard at all.

    Cons

    At time work gets slow

    Advice to Management

    acknowledge how much work the techs actually do


  7. "Air Resources Technician II"

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    Current Employee - Air Resources Technician II in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Air Resources Technician II in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, making it easy to work while going to school. Decent income and great professional experience.

    Cons

    Doing the same tasks on a daily basis may cause some people to become complacent. Must be self-motivated.


  8. "Good start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great and friendly staff who will willingly help students

    Cons

    Not a lot of training for students


  9. "ARB"

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    Former Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Office Technician in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Air Resources Board (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Staff was a great group of people to work for.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about position.

    Advice to Management

    Management was fair.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great work with mixed experiences and poor management"

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    Current Employee - Air Resources Engineer (Range C) in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Air Resources Engineer (Range C) in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Air Resources Board full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generally supportive environment, flexible for time off and family needs.
    Groundbreaking policy projects, lots of responsibility if you take it
    Smart people, better attitude than most state agencies.
    Great building in Sacramento, bike facilities, El Monte (LA) not so good. Lots of experienced older staff still trying to make a difference and eager to share experience. Chance to participate in some of the most important environmental work of our lifetime. Name recognition for future advancement elsewhere.

    Cons

    Inexperienced and timid management. Far too many recent promotions of high level managers not ready to lead. Bureaucracy is crazy, as others have said there is a form for everything. There are a few petty tyrants allowed to get in the way of innovation. Dinosaur IT staff better suited to running a gulag. Even less advanced approach to using latest workplace technology. Poor to non-existent on-boarding process. Little to no formal training but weird fixation on Phd's. Too many silos for an efficient workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to make decisions and to learn from anybody, including your staff. Be confident in your actions, have vision. Pay attention to staff morale and development, if they are your best asset prove it. Embrace innovation in all you do, especially IT and HR.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to experience the good and bad of policy sausage-making"

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    Former Employee - Air Pollution Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Air Pollution Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Air Resources Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ambitious and interesting policymaking. Employees are smarter and more competent than the average state employee. Management are generally smart, strategic, and friendly (just really poor at delegating and -managing- in general).

    Cons

    Management structure is maddeningly inefficient: the most inane work products must be sent all the way up and down the chain. Way too much is done at the very last minute purely because of poor planning.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time in redundant meetings. Actually work as project managers: form plans and timelines with lists of tasks, so work is done methodically rather than all ad hoc.


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