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Lower Colorado River Authority Manager Reviews

Updated Oct 15, 2019

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Lower Colorado River Authority General Manager Phil Wilson (no image)
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  1. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A public service organization - you feel like the work you do matters!

    Cons

    Some promotions from within suggest nepotism. The board of directors serve at the leisure of the Governor of Texas.

    Advice to Management

    Promote employees based on performance and skill set,

    Lower Colorado River Authority2019-10-15
  2. "Not the Worst Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible, usually a good work life balance, great mission, most of the people are wonderful.

    Cons

    Little to no opportunities for advancement, lots of outside "friends" brought on. Job postings are misleading. If you apply, don't be surprised if you don't even get acknowledged.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2019-07-08
  3. Helpful (7)

    "manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, reasonable work/life balance, decent benefits. People tend to stay for a long time; 15-20 years is not uncommon, and some up to 30 years. There is a strong culture of safety, particularly in the business units that really need it (i.e. Transmission Services, Generation).

    Cons

    In a word - compensation. The pay and benefits are low compared to others in the industry. This is not a government job; these are high performing demanding jobs and the workload is intense. Pay raises are few and far between, and the bonus structure is a joke - unless you're an executive. 3% on average for the worker bees and raises are 3.5% on average as well - every 3 years. Health insurance is not great either, if you have a family. In the last 5 years cost has gone up exponentially for those with a family, while LCRA's cost has gone down. Management is competent, but mostly out of touch with the workforce. The CAO group has been especially damaging, creating a culture of fear and backstabbing within the organization that permeates to other areas; if it's not a top level manager idea in that business unit, it's not getting implemented.

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    Advice to Management

    Share in the success and failures of LCRA with all of LCRA; Pay and raises may not be everything, but it's important - especially to the lower paid staff. Look closely at how decisions are being made in the CAO department; many of the problems stem from there.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-10-15
  4. "Strategic Communications Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Executive Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for 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.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2016-11-30
  5. "Lower Colorado River Authority"

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    Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority for 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.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2016-07-06
  6. Helpful (9)

    "Unless you really just need a job"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Lower Colorado River Authority2016-03-09
  7. Helpful (2)

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

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

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

    Lower Colorado River Authority2014-08-01
  8. Helpful (3)

    "The organization has changed in the past year"

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    Current Employee - PMO Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Relatively good benefits Relatively good pay - compared to jobs with state The rank and file are good folks

    Cons

    The management has become more autocratic and political over the past year The work environment has deteriorated and morale of many employees is low There is more fear and anxiety due to layoffs and the impending loss of customers in 2016

    Advice to Management

    Practice two way communication that was touted a year ago.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2012-08-03
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good company with a strong mission."

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    Senior Project Manager 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority

    Pros

    Health and retirement benefits Paid vacation and holdiday leave time Location Mission of the company Community involvement with surrounding counties and customers

    Cons

    Limited career path Beurocracy and politics limit professional growth No recognition or reward program for top performing employees Lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Please look past personal agendas and political gains for the wellfare of your customers and employees. This company will continue to lose great talent unless something changes and will forever be stuck in mediocracy.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2010-06-14
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