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Lower Colorado River Authority Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jul 8, 2019

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3.1
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Lower Colorado River Authority General Manager Phil Wilson (no image)
Phil Wilson
32 Ratings
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  • "Pay increases are not enough to keep up with Austins rapidly rising cost of living(in 5 reviews)

  • "Little to no incentive to go beyond the expected, regular employees do receive this benefit(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Category Buyer"

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    Current Employee - Category Buyer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    None, I love working for Lower Colorado River Authority.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2019-07-05
  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. "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. "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lower Colorado River Authority full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance and they treat you like family.

    Cons

    The cycles for new technologies is very slow so be prepared to be outdated if you stay here for the long run.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    Lower Colorado River Authority2019-03-06
  5. 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
  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)

    "Top heavy organization with industrial challenges"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 10 years

    Pros

    Work Life balance and a decent wellness program

    Cons

    Salary, career advancement, bureaucracy

    Lower Colorado River Authority2017-02-03
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stable job, a lot of work"

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

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

    Pros

    Working on interesting projects, great coworkers, good company culture focused on service, good work/life balance, steady job, good benefits, good training

    Cons

    Not much room to move up, raises hard to come by, responsibilities exceed job title, not much reward for extra efforts

    Advice to Management

    Reward exceptional talent rather than rewarding years of service

    Lower Colorado River Authority2016-04-13
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

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    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.

    Lower Colorado River Authority2015-12-06
  10. Helpful (7)

    "BLEH"

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    Former Employee - Business Support Assistant in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Lower Colorado River Authority2014-09-02
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