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Lcra Reviews

Updated May 1, 2017
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  1. "Stable company, but don't expect to get rich here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Associate I in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Associate I in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lcra full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are genuinely great.

    Cons

    Benefits seem to be decreasing year by year. Phil is looking to make raises strictly merit based (not necessarily a con, but no longer a sure thing)


  2. "Human Resources"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lcra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package, large enough company to move around in, with good potential for advancement.

    Cons

    Sometimes very slow moving with change, and frequently meetings are ineffective.

    Advice to Management

    Get more creative with the way you reward employees and the way you ensure your employees have fun at work. There's a distinct lack of fun in this environment.


  3. "Trying to Crawl Into The Modern World"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lcra full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers and direct supervisor/managers in the current department. Depends on what area of the company you work. Love 4/10 shifts.

    Cons

    Heavily relying on contractors instead of hiring full-time employees. Sub par compensation and not increasing workforce until employees are extremely overworked. Advancement is more tailored to who you know rather than what you can do.

    Advice to Management

    A tendency to promote engineers into management roles when a P.E. is not necessary. Hiring someone with more relevant skills would be a better fit. Many qualified candidates are passed over for jobs because of some notion those two letters make you qualified for doing something more than stamping a piece of paper. Need to hire and train workers before the older workforce retires and take their knowledge with them.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Top heavy organization with industrial challenges"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Lcra full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work Life balance and a decent wellness program

    Cons

    Salary, career advancement, bureaucracy


  6. "Strategic Communications Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lcra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can be a stable environment for skilled engineers and project managers. Good people.

    Cons

    Somewhat a govt type beaucracy. Senior leadership is political and thereby has tendency to chang and with that change subordinate leadership will follow.

    Advice to Management

    Improve senior managemwnt leadership with subordinate staff.


  7. "Godd stepping stone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Energy Management Systems Administrator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Energy Management Systems Administrator in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lcra (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company but very archaic ways of doing things.

    Cons

    Management is poor and IT staff are 100% workload.


  8. "This is the best career of my life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in La Grange, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in La Grange, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lcra (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family like environment with a high regard for safety. Supports the local communities to ensure a better tomorrow. Excellent company.

    Cons

    With an aging workforce a lot of knowledge is going to be lost with retiring of these skilled and valued employees.


  9. "Lower Colorado River Authority"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lcra (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company has an outstanding ethic to serve our customer communities.

    Cons

    Lots of change over the last few years, but things are headed in a positive direction.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Stable job, a lot of work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lcra full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working on interesting projects, great coworkers, good company culture focused on service, good work/life balance, steady job, good benefits, good training

    Cons

    Not much room to move up, raises hard to come by, responsibilities exceed job title, not much reward for extra efforts

    Advice to Management

    Reward exceptional talent rather than rewarding years of service


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Don't do it unless you absolutely have to"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you managed to get hired prior to 2003 then your retirement pension is a plus but that program is no longer available to new hires.

    Cons

    Cronyism and favoritism rule the day from the very highest position in the company to the front line supervisor. Promotions are typically decided by who you know. That goes on everywhere to a certain extent but at the LCRA it is the defacto way of advancement. It is much more important to play golf with the right people than it is to be good at what you do. Also it's not uncommon for a manager to bring in a favorite of his in a lower pay grade yet pay him at a rate higher then those with significant more seniority and in higher pay grades. That is practiced so routinely that it has destroyed morale in many departments. If you're one of the chosen due to birthright or high school connections, life is good. If you're not, advancement is going to be a real struggle.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to lead.


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