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Lcra Reviews

Updated May 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Unless you really just need a job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its really two different companies: Transmission(includes Telecom) and everything else. Transmission is well run, positive and stable. Senior Management is seasoned and proven.

    Cons

    The 'everything else' portion lacks maturity in its operations, which adds chaos, and is a terribly negative place to work. A lot of strong talent enters and then exits within months because of this. Austin having a weak job market is probably the only thing saving them from more attrition.

    Advice to Management

    Pick the few things that work well and focus on those. Building employee moral, and better work/life balance should be paramount right now.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Watch who you talk to."

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

    I worked at Lcra full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Their intentions as a whole company are good.

    Cons

    There are clicks you have to watch out for and if you don't fit conveniently you wont last. The pay is low for the requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your high horse.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Started out well"

    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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lcra full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At first, it felt like you were part of a family. There were activities for the employees that made us feel appreciated.

    Cons

    Appreciation faded; fear tactics and intimidation replaced it. No morale in the workforce at all.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of the employees really believe in the mission. Give them some respect and recognize the work they're doing for you.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Not what it used to be"

    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

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is still decent; co-workers are friendly; lower and middle management do listen and try to keep employees motivated. There's still a sense of pride but not as much as it used to be.

    Cons

    This latest executive staff is out of touch with the employees. No raises for the past few years (a "bonus" program instead that doesn't seem to have any guidelines), and suddenly a 4% across-the-board raise for everybody this year. I would rather see raises based on merit, otherwise there's no incentive to excel. Benefits have been getting chipped away. There are too many political ties and the executives put their own interests above those of the organization - this is a change from past exec's and morale has suffered. Employee turnover is increasing.

    Advice to Management

    Put some focus back on the employees and stop talking nonsense about doing more with less, or whatever the latest catch phrase is. Take another look at the benefits. Re-institute raises based on job performance.


  5. "Good company to work for"

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

    Pros

    Not a whole lot of stress

    Cons

    Changes in structure can often be drastic


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Safe and Friendly environment but could be a Career Killer"

    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
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Safety is always at the top of priorities.
    -Relax, friendly environment makes you work comfortably.
    -Good benefits, good retirement plan and competitive pay.

    Cons

    -No culture of promoting within the company, especially if you want to try something new, by moving to a different area or field within the company. It is hard to get promoted within your own group. The environment could affect your professional development, some departments are "career killers", they just want you to do whatever is in your description, for eternity.

    -The work culture is still in the 70's and 80's, many supervisors and managers use fear tactics to “motivate” employees, even to get them involved in “voluntary” activities.

    -No teleworking allowed, even though the technology is in place (video conferencing, remote access to network, email, internal chat, desktop screen sharing, etc.), upper management wants to "see you" at the office... but of course, you never see them around.

    -Not the best at recognizing employees when they go above and beyond their job description.

    Advice to Management

    -You're doing well at many things, but it seems to me that you're forgetting about what keeps the company running: the employees. If you want long term success, you need to worry about how the employees feel. And I'm not saying for you to do more of those fish fry luncheons... ughh!

    -You need to put employees first, establish a culture of recognition and reward, rather than use pressure and fear to "motivate" employees.

    -Encourage work/life balance by updating benefits and perks.

    -Teleworking... c'mon! There are many non-critical departments in the company that can have their employees do Teleworking. This would help employees with their work/life balance, save money, avoid the stress and risks related to commuting and I'm sure the company would save a lot of money. If you’re that worried about the face-to-face interaction, have employees come to the office once a week and let them do Teleworking the other 4 days. Give it a try!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not the best place to work"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location and lots of good places to eat not far. People are great to work with and are friendly and smart.

    Cons

    The company is going through a major re-org and lots of people leaving due to poor management and lack of salary increases. I would look somewhere else. The company is not what it used to be

    Advice to Management

    Need to implement salary increases and improve benefits not take away. Employees need to be recognized more.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "LCRA"

    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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Your coworkers and first line management are great. It's a real team environment and we all support each other. A lot of people work here for the public mission but it doesn't feel like a government agency.

    Cons

    Ever changing executive management doesn't make you feel settled or safe. The work life balance doesn't exist anymore which is why I came here. Haven't had raises and don't project too many over the next 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Blanket statements of no raises, constant change, and unmanageable workloads will not get people to work here or want to stay for very long.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "BLEH"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Support Assistant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Support Assistant in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lcra full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits used to be great but have dwindled, holidays, work-life balance

    Cons

    low morale. hyper-political. CYA policy rules.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "This is one of the most exciting and professionally oriented companies I have ever worked for, Great experience!"

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

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

    Pros

    A group of outstanding professionals that continue to develop the workforce and pose challenges for their employees.

    Cons

    At times there could be extended travel.

    Advice to Management

    Review and select the workforce for the betterment of the company only.


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