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Lower Colorado River Authority Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, reasonable work/life balance, decent benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • they have good benefits and hard working employees (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Cronyism and favoritism rule the day from the very highest position in the company to the front line supervisor (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    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 (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.

    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.


  2. "Stable company, but don't expect to get rich here."

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    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 Lower Colorado River Authority 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)

  3. "Human Resources"

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    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 Lower Colorado River Authority 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.


  4. "Trying to Crawl Into The Modern World"

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    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 Lower Colorado River Authority 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.


  5. "limited growth opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    many good people, great mission, some interesting work

    Cons

    complacency among employees, limited to no opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    be open to questions about why things are done a certain way and look critically at your top two layers of staff - there are a few toxic people in those levels making things hard for large numbers of dedicated employees


  6. "Godd stepping stone"

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    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 Lower Colorado River Authority (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company but very archaic ways of doing things.

    Cons

    Management is poor and IT staff are 100% workload.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Watch who you talk to."

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Lower Colorado River Authority 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.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority 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.


  9. Helpful (5)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority 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!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not the best place to work"

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    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 Lower Colorado River Authority 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.


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