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Lower Colorado River Authority Reviews

Updated Nov 26, 2019

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3.0
54%
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64%
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Lower Colorado River Authority General Manager Phil Wilson (no image)
Phil Wilson
29 Ratings
  1. "Great benefits!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits Decent pay Easy Hiring process

    Cons

    Lots of "that's how we've always done it No bonuses or perks Get left behind by company as a shiftworker

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-12-11
  2. "Happy To Be On The Team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission focused organization bringing together the best of the public and private sectors.

    Cons

    Haven’t really found any.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-11-27
  3. "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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance Management Opportunities Culture Ability to Work remotely

    Cons

    No performance based compensation No regular bonuses none none none

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-09-21
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Worker Bee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is across the street from Hula Hut! :-) If you like politics, posturing and BS this is the place for you!

    Cons

    I have worked at LCRA for almost 18 years, I have seen it go down hill in the last 10. We have more directors, VP's and managers than we do worker bees, and they all get extravagant salaries, while the rest of us get told there is no money for merit raises. The environment and feeling is dire and people either stay just because they are close to retirement or because they haven't found something else. It is not a happy place, and things just don't get done - there are plenty of meetings but nothing is ever right the first time around, sadly...

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    Advice to Management

    My advise would be to cut the upper management salary, pay the workers what they are worth and get some new ideas, instead of trying to re-work the old ones... Be man enough to say you made a mistake and move on already.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-10-20
  8. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good and peers are incredible!

    Cons

    Appears to be a disconnect between staff and management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the staff in the trenches.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-09-11
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    LCRA possesses a unique history and impactful mission which truly makes an employee feel as if they are making a difference every day. Having spent the bulk of my career in high tech prior to joining LCRA, this was a welcome change for me. I am still challenged every day and truly appreciate the executive team which has joined LCRA in the past three years for putting this organization back on track towards becoming more streamlined and profitable. The location of the primary headquarters on Lake Austin is also fantastic as the setting lends itself very much as a reminder of the mission related to environmental stewardship.

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    Cons

    The long history of the company, 85+ years, can at times make the organization feel more like a "state agency" which comes with more layers of bureaucracy and politics than may exist in a private organization. However, as a result of a relatively newly formed executive team (past three years), the organization is certainly shifting towards a more bottom line driven organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving LCRA forward as you have been doing for the past several years. Also, continue to listen to current employees, whether newly hired or with longer tenure, who can help tremendously in providing insight into the culture of LCRA and the "why" employees behave the way that they do.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-08-10
  10. Helpful (9)

    "The Recent Five Star Reviews are not Valid Reviews- Careful"

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    Current Employee - Lead 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 3 years

    Pros

    History, interesting business units and community interest. Starting compensation can be fairly competitive. Benefits are in line. Working for some business units are better than others. Overall ideas of executive management is promising. They do know how to run a business.

    Cons

    A few of the five star reviews are obviously LCRA Communications , HR and executive management driven. All organizations do this, but five star reviews are not supporting true employee reviews. Middle managers don't foster teamwork, they can be short and rude in meetings and open communication is not encouraged from front line to supervisor line. One must be very political to gain forward momentum. I heard this before I joined LCRA and figured it was just gossip, but it is in fact very political. The performance management reviews are easier for the supervisors, but allow them to give a great deal of middle of the road evaluations without any true justification except how they wish to manipulate the budget for their dept. and this means no raise or bonus for a large majority. You will have to motivate yourself and be fine without raises even when going the extra mile unless you are part of the political movement.

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    Advice to Management

    You already have a great group of people working for you. Intelligent and driven Reward them. Do unto others as you would have done until you. Live by your beliefs.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-08-25
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