LBB Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2019

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LBB Director Ursula M. Parks
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  1. "Amazing place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LBB full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    LBB is an great non-partisan agency that really gives you the ability to work independently but will support you wholeheartedly. The analysts are some of the brightest people I've ever met. The environment is one that is constantly supporting your growth and encouraging deeper learning of budget mechanics and governmental policy.

    Cons

    Hours during the legislative session (5 months every odd-numbered year) can be rough without proper management.

    LBB2019-06-17
  2. "Electronics Tech I"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at LBB full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    have nothing bad to say

    LBB2018-06-06
  3. "Fiscal Note Coordinator"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fiscal Note Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LBB full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Your co-workers are always willing to help you succeed in whatever you want to do. If you would like to move around to another department, if you apply and get the job, then you are welcome to try another department. They want you to be successful. They have a mentorship program that helps you a lot.

    Cons

    None, that I can really point out.

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    LBB2018-03-20
  4. "LBB Budget Analyst"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at LBB full-time

    Pros

    Experience, working with great people, fringe benefits

    Cons

    Work hours during session, upward mobility, salary

    LBB2017-09-12
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Jedi Knights of State Government"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LBB full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If Texas was a country it would have an economy the size of Australia. The Legislative Budget Board is the agency that manages the two-year budget for the state--and staff at the agency are intimately involved with virtually every policy decision with a budgetary impact. Given the small staff this means that even fairly junior LBB analysts are assigned to important, major issues.and interact with very senior people in other agencies. Management is very flat, however the agency has an excellent promotion system that keeps talent at the analyst level without needing to go into management.

    Cons

    Potential employees need to understand two things. First, your ability to be successful will hinge on understanding that the LBB ASSISTS those who were elected to carry out their goals. The agency is not a conduit to pursue your independent policy goals. Second, the agency is extremely mission-focused on getting the budget done right--that's a good thing but it also means that jobs not directly in the budget cycle will often become second-fiddle to the immediate workflow needs of the agency. This also has a profound impact on careers at the LBB--most of the management structure is composed of people who went up through the budget analyst career track. Also note that you WILL have to work hard and long immediately before and during Legislative sessions. Be sure you are ready for this--while I am listing this as a "con" the truth is that people successful at the agency enjoy the rush.

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    LBB2016-04-13
  6. "Analist"

    4.0
     

    I worked at LBB

    Pros

    It is a prestigious government agency

    Cons

    Not an easy job during Legislative Session

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    LBB2015-08-18
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Budget Analyst"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at LBB full-time

    Pros

    educated staff, various backgrounds, great institutional reputation

    Cons

    uneven work pace, very high work requirements during the Legislative session, pay starts very low considering the qualifications of individuals LBB hires.

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    LBB2015-07-22
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at LBB full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Much nicer office building and more collegial atmosphere than most state government.

    Cons

    Women make less than men in the same positions.

    LBB2012-06-22
  9. Helpful (1)

    "There is definitely an in crowd, and if you're not in it, you're SOL."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at LBB

    Pros

    You can take plenty of time off and come and go as you please as long as it's not during session.

    Cons

    Management promotes people that they like, not people that will make good managers.

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    LBB2012-02-11
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, location, benefits; very stressful at times, and nontechnical managers over techies"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at LBB

    Pros

    Management is very good with what they have control over. The location is great, and most employees (except IT) have private offices, many with views of the Capitol or of the UT tower. They have a wellness program, with an exercise room, yoga classes, and a massage therapist who comes in. Most of the employees are professionals who got advanced degrees to be able to make budget and policy recommendations to the legislature. The Capitol grounds is a beautiful park to walk in at lunch. Museums and restaurants in walking distance.

    Cons

    It is a very stressful place to work. If you're young and resilient, you can probably do it fine, but three 50+ people died in a two-year period. They may have died anyway, but work-related stress had a lot to do with it, in my opinion. Upper management is frankly out of touch with the rank-and-file. You can get a promotion by kissing up and not have the support of your peers who'll now be reporting to you. You also have nontechnical people managing technical people and making decisions that affect them without really understanding the consequences, not a good situation, in my opinion.

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    LBB2011-02-09
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