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Lower Colorado River Authority Engineer Reviews

Updated Nov 26, 2019

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3.4
74%
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81%
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Lower Colorado River Authority General Manager Phil Wilson (no image)
Phil Wilson
5 Ratings
  1. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - CyberSecurity Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Management will listen and strong talent on the Cybersecurity team

    Cons

    Poor bonus structures compared to energy sector. Poor work life balance

    Advice to Management

    2 week standard off time lacks industry offering. Bonuses are appreciated but again slim compared to the industry.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2019-11-27
  2. "LCRA is a good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good time off policy Match 401k up to 8% Not super stressful

    Cons

    Pay can be low compared to private firms Job enjoyment varies from one department to another.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2019-07-23
  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The work life balance is excellent. Environment is relaxed. Work is diverse.

    Cons

    Training is a bit lacking.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2019-05-19
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent long term employer"

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    Current Contractor - Engineering Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority for less than a year

    Pros

    Stable company with heavy benefit offerings

    Cons

    Slightly lower than average salaries

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    Lower Colorado River Authority2018-10-30
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Engineering tech"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Tech in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I would never recommend working for LCRA.

    Cons

    LCRA is based off the "good ol boys" system. You are never rewarded on hard work, It's all on who you know. By far a super toxic working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect hard workers.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2018-11-25
  6. "Engineering Technician"

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    Current Contractor - Engineer Technician in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great people to work with - Attractive Salary - Great in office culture - Great Management - Hands off management

    Cons

    - Contractors are treated as second class - No sick leave/no vacation - Making up time is difficult without special permission - Little to no incentive to go beyond the expected, regular employees do receive this benefit. - Contracts and job performance do not seem to reflect turning a job into a career.

    Advice to Management

    - Concrete evidence of job security for contractors will result in more staying on board.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2018-04-03
  7. "Very Political"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Their long history and mission driven work environment makes you feel like you are part of something that you can be proud of.

    Cons

    Be wary of the politics. You have to be careful just like a lot of companies about the politics here

    Advice to Management

    None

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-11-18
  8. Helpful (14)

    "Network/System Engineers - BEWARE before accepting"

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    Current Employee - Network Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Reasonable office environment and location. -LCRA employees outside the IT departments seem friendly and compassionate. -A place to make a good hourly rate as a contractor while studying, looking for something better, instead of actually working. -You'll think this place is great initially, because there is a long honeymoon during the disorganized and dysfunctional on-boarding process.

    Cons

    -New hires are setup to fail. No documentation or information sharing and some deliberately want to keep it this way to create a hero perception. Extreme communication issues within the team making it very difficult to be be successful no matter how experienced, knowledgeable, or hard-working you may be. -Specific leadership is verbally abusive, assumptive, yells excessively in a threatening and irritated tone. Some team members are permitted to come in late, leave early and disappear for hours while others are micromanaged, dumped on, and disrespected. A key team member is famous for taking credit for an issue that they didn't solve or an idea they didn't come up with -- some competitive insecurities that are allowed to go unchecked. A key team member often berates and yells at others on the team and again, nothing is done about it. There is a lot of over-reaction to approaching deadlines, but no method of actually tracking projects or individual team member assignments/progress to effectively measure these issues. Methods of assignment are purely reactive -- the issue of the hour is dumped on who ever happens to be at their desk, not at lunch or on a smoke break instead of properly balanced to ALL of staff resources. -Significant inappropriate "closed-door" meetings with senior staff to criticize other team members rather than talking to them directly. Leadership is very unrealistic about inevitable mistakes that can (and will) be made due to the outdated documentation, teammates giving wrong information, as well as the severely out-dated and poorly managed network management tools (that are often all you have during an issue). Unfortunately the upper management team seems to either not be aware or does not want to address these issues. Feedback is very difficult to give here without retaliation and consequences, so many are silent and just put up with it. But this just re-enforces the root cause of the problem -- the dysfunction continuous almost entirely unchecked which is driving morale in to the ground and running off tenured staff and new hires regularly.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop avoiding the significant leadership issues in these departments. The perquisites for being a manager at LCRA need to be re-thought because there are some that seem to have no ability to truly deal with managing people, time, and resources, yet these very people are in power and seeking more power within the organization. You are avoiding a root cause and potentially promoting them as well. Hold your architecture team and your operations teams accountable for their job functions -- don't let one be expected to do the work of the other. You can't let the permanent employees skate/avoid responsibility and ownership of long-standing issues/projects that have languished for years and then expect newly hired contractors and professional services consultants do the work in weeks without major setbacks and inevitable failures.

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    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-11-05
  9. "Stable company, but don't expect to get rich here."

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    Current Employee - Engineering Associate I in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for 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)

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-05-01
  10. "Trying to Crawl Into The Modern World"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for 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.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-03-29
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