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Houston-Galveston Area Council Reviews

Updated 14 Nov 2019

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2.5
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Houston-Galveston Area Council CEO B. J. Gaines, Jr. (no image)
B. J. Gaines, Jr.
9 Ratings
  1. "Involved in the Community"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, most work a 9-80 schedule. Extreme involvement in helping the community. Very satisfying work

    Cons

    Very few promotion opportunities become available

    Advice to Management

    weed out the dead wood

    Houston-Galveston Area Council2017-07-20
  2. "Disappointing-- so many missed opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Planner 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff- there are some really talented and passionate staff at H-GAC. Meaningful work-- as the Council of Governments and Metropolitan Planning Organization for the region, H-GAC is charged with incredibly important work.

    Cons

    Staff-- For every competent and motivated staff member, there is at least one (or more) who has comfortably settled into a career defined by apathy and mediocrity. This subset of H-GAC staff makes it unbelievably difficult for the rest of the agency to get even the most basic work done. Contracts, budgets, and procurements can take months (and sometimes even a year!) to process. Lack of vision and goals-- for an... agency that could have such a positive impact on the region, it's extremely disappointing that the agency and departments (at least the Transportation Department) has no clear goals or vision. Low standards-- I have had managers tell me verbatim that the quality of my work doesn't matter, which has been shocking and depressing. When management doesn't value work product quality, neither will the staff.

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    Advice to Management

    Reform to the management structure is desperately needed. In the last few years the Agency's senior leadership positions (CEO, CFO, COO, and HR Director) have been consolidated into the two positions of CEO and CFO which has left the Agency in bad shape with no processes (what a COO should be doing) and no HR Director. It is extremely problematic that the CFO has been acting as the HR director for almost a year. For... an Agency with approximately 250 staff members, the lack of an HR director is unacceptable. Staff turnover is extremely high. In one recent 30 day period (September - October) the Transportation Department lost 12% of its staff. A functioning HR would be extremely helpful for recruitment and staff retention. The Agency is also in dire need of a general counsel for reasons that should be obvious. In addition to leadership changes, the Agency and each Department needs to have a clear vision and goals. Without these, staff will continue to waste time on projects that go nowhere.

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    Houston-Galveston Area Council2019-11-14
  3. "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A pay check, every other Friday Off, Health Insurance

    Cons

    Can't keep HR stable/turnover is HIGH because of CFO, her favoritism and bias. Reverse racism is evident. Hard work is not recognized, Old management waiting to retire. Middle management making big bucks and most are incompetent and have NO clue what is going on. They would never make it in a corporate environment. Waiting for my 6 years when I'm 100% vested in 401k and I'm out.

    Advice to Management

    CFO needs to go. ED needs to exercise his authority.

    Houston-Galveston Area Council2019-11-13
  4. Helpful (4)

    "One big happy family (Not)"

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    Current Employee - Senior Planner 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Sit in your cube and look busy, even if you have no work assigned.

    Cons

    Each department is a Silo. Directors built empires. New CEO has not broken down the silos. Constructive Criticism not tolerated. No accountability held for the favored. 0% to 3% raises per year based on popularity

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to the favoritism, reverse racism, age and sex discrimination

    Houston-Galveston Area Council2019-09-11
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stable, but Limited Growth Oppirtunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Planner in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, opportunity to pursue grants / projects of interest, and stable funding (for the most part). The 401K match and healthcare coverage are also quite nice! There’s a brand new CEO who seems to want to do big and good things. I’m cautiously optimistic about him, but time will tell.

    Cons

    Limited-to-no opportunities for upward mobility, as most of the managers and directors have been in their positions for many years, with little likelihood of retiring. Also, prior to the new CEO, the agency seemed to be governed by fear. This may change (hopefully) under the new regime.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear in setting expectations and then following through on agreed-upon timelines, deliverables, etc. Trust the people you have working for you to get the job done. Honor your commitments and be honest when things change.

    Houston-Galveston Area Council2018-12-28
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great potential and could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay, work schedule, free parking

    Cons

    Slackers are rewarded with promotion and the issues are swept under the rug. Favoritism is shown by management to their friends

    Advice to Management

    Reward good employees, encourage training and realize that some really do care and want to do a good job. Train managers and supervisors on people skills, communication and supervisory skills. No opinion on CEO because he is new. Hopefully, he will bring the level of professionalism up and not allow the CFO to continue to be like a bulldog in a china shop.

    Houston-Galveston Area Council2018-07-04
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great, work flexibility is helpful, great employees, family-oriented

    Cons

    No advancement, management is oblivious of their talent, old manager waiting for retirement, HR has their hands tied behind their back

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunities for your employees to make a good living and advance in their career financially.

    Houston-Galveston Area Council2018-03-19
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible, Bullying Environment"

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

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flex hours, people are great, free parking

    Cons

    Bullying managers who get away with treating people with no respect, powerless HR, management without adequate ability to manage. A sad place with a sad reputation. Culture of turn a blind eye to problems...Don't apply here.

    Advice to Management

    Stop gossiping about your employees, realize that retaliation lawsuits can be filed, get some management that understand the importance of professionalism and leadership. Take employee concerns seriously.

    Houston-Galveston Area Council2018-03-07
  9. "Ok as a stepping stone"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great hours, multiple schedules, Great benefits

    Cons

    Hard to move up, work is sometimes not recognized

    Houston-Galveston Area Council2017-09-11
  10. Helpful (1)

    "No opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Grants Accountant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Houston-Galveston Area Council full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Every other Friday off 401 matches up to 8%

    Cons

    old people that refuse to accept change slow process the "blame game" is routine inefficient people gossip about everyone around here no advancement unless someone leaves or retires

    Advice to Management

    Instead of worrying about the current gossip around the office, how about you worry about things being more efficient. Most of the people there don't even know what they're doing. Just because you have been doing it for years does not make it efficient. There's a reason why the smart ones choose to leave.

    Houston-Galveston Area Council2017-08-25
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