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Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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  1. "ODEQ"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great. The pay is steady. The benefits are great. The hours are great (40hr/week). Job security is great.

    Cons

    I lost my excitement for the job after a while.


  2. "Engineer Intern"

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    Current Employee - Engineer Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Engineer Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and great coworkers

    Cons

    Government work- slow work environment, management has difficulty making decisions


  3. "Environmental Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norman, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norman, OK
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits, reg hours, okc location, paid holidays

    Cons

    Sketchy Management, Typical Government Waste


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  5. "Decent Starting Point"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Programs Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Environmental Programs Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent entry level jobs which can help build experience for those new to the environmental market. Solid employment prospects, and a benefit allowance that pays for most of your insurance is nice. Some flexibility in scheduling depending on which manager you have.

    Cons

    Salary isn't great, and there's little prospect for advancement or increased pay. Some managers are inflexible. Health insurance could be better.


  6. "Relaxed Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The DEQ has a really easygoing, relaxed atmosphere. Generally, people care about what they do, and everyone is very friendly. You'll meet a lot of fun people there. Probably the biggest pro is the flexibility of schedule. I know of several full-time people who had ridiculous schedules and were able to make it work. Fantastic benefits.

    Cons

    The pay tends to be fairly low for the environmental sector. Management plays favorites, and if you're not one of them, you're probably not going to be promoted. It's a state job, so raises are entirely non-existent. The only way to get more money is through promotion. Although I do think people generally care about their work, the lack of opportunity for advancement creates a bit of a "lazy" atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    We all know that there are "shining stars" that you're going to want to promote, but remember that the backbone of the organization is made up of the employees that steadily get their work done, and recognize them for it. Be diligent in reviewing someone's past performance and find ways to reward them that aren't monetarily based. Given the state of the budget right now, the only way you're going to keep good people is if you make them feel that DEQ is the best place for them to be.


  7. "Got to participate in many activities like a full-time employee."

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    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and atmosphere

    Cons

    Did not experience any negative aspects


  8. "Benefits of working for the state"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Bartlesville, OK
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Bartlesville, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quickly progress up the salary scale. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Max out on pay scale by third year of employment. With experience, pay is not comparable to private industry. Procedures and paper work are typical of what you would expect or worse than maybe you could image.


  9. "If you have talent, ambition, or are intelligent - apply elsewhere."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    decent amount of paid leave for the US

    Cons

    Management is only promoted from within; therefore, ideas become inbreed. If management could ever reach a decision, it would be based on precedent from 20 years ago, not modern research, science, or rational thought. The culture, most politely, is colloquial schema.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    Lots of paid time off
    Lots of travel
    Low stress
    Good people to work with
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Low pay is the only real issue
    Sometimes buracracy becomes an issue as well but not a real detractor

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing the best that a governmental management can do


  11. "Engineer Intern III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    Learn about the regulations pertaining to air, land, water, and/or laboratory services, depending on what division you are in. There is always something new to learn. The benefits are great. ODEQ has started focusing on improving customer service both to the public and within the organization.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can slow down work productivity - there are some SOPs that can be streamlined within sections. Some people are only there to put in their 8 hours and then go home - not great for maintaining a positive work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Take an opportunity every three months or so to get feedback from your employees - what's working, what isn't working, what can be approved, etc. Listen to the new folks - sometimes a fresh set of eyes can really help.