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Port of Houston Authority Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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  1. "Port of Houston"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Porte, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Porte, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port of Houston Authority full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work, steady employment.... Continuous growth

    Cons

    In some areas the qualifications are changing, certain jobs that did not require a degree for employment are now requiring a degree.


  2. "Good public sector employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Port of Houston Authority full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues
    Every other Friday off is invaluable for errands and family
    Interesting work with international aspects
    Location results in a reverse commute for most people

    Cons

    Salary is so-so
    Low funding
    Strict government rules on procurement
    Strict government rules on gifts and hospitality

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new technology to make operations more efficient
    Identify and promote internal talent
    Pay attention to employee morale and find ways to make them feel appreciated


  3. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Baytown, TX

    I worked at Port of Houston Authority (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady employment, not too much impact on oil business.

    Cons

    Company has reorganized three times over five past years, on fourth CEO/Executive Directoe


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  5. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Payroll Manager in Friendswood, TX
    Current Employee - Payroll Manager in Friendswood, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at Port of Houston Authority (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strategically driven for success organization with sound and supportive leadership. Being a part of Houston's history and taking pride in supporting surrounding communities.

    Cons

    No major complaints. Great place to work.


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant - Maintenance Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant - Maintenance Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Port of Houston Authority (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good work environment and great benefits

    Cons

    I was only hired for a temporary assignment

    Advice to Management

    Please consider outside employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Port of Houston Authority full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Executive Director and Executive Management are above average and attempt to do "right thing". Commissioners actually care, are competent, and have set the bar high for the Port.
    Varied duties keep you very busy. My superiors are very supportive and allow me to do my job with minimal interference
    Recent major changes in senior management positions will benefit organization
    One of the best jobs ever had in a 25 plus year career (rewarding, challenging, and stable)
    For most part a very stable, professional, dedicated, loyal, workforce w/ substantial seniority
    GREAT benefits, especially medical and time off; every other Friday off due to 9 day / 80 hr schedule

    Cons

    Past few years....salaries lost ground compared to CPI
    COLA increases have been minimal; From my viewpoint, vast majority of staff received NO merit increases even if they were outstanding performers with insufficient resources
    30% of workforce eligible for retirement over next few years; succession planning need to be higher priority
    Currently few opportunities for advancement due to tenure of people in higher level poisitions

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and remember why WE are there---TO CREATE JOBS AND DRIVE THE ECONOMY.

    Employees remeined loyal and stayed even during the difficult times. As conditions/finances improve DO NOT forget their loyalty and try to repay them for that with raises, especially the lower paid employees. Reward ANYONE who is a high performers and whose work obtain Outstanding results due to their efforts/leadership


  8. Helpful (1)

    "An unethical and unprofessional work environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Port of Houston Authority full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance, the work is not overwhelming and can be done in a normal work day. 9-80 schedule is great, with every other Friday off. The staff is very friendly and very supportive.

    Cons

    Poor management who cares more about the bottom line than the people. Horrible managers are supported and not reprimanded for their poor management skills. There is no confidentiality in the HR department. While the turnover rate is high, the organization refuses to address the underlying issues.

    Advice to Management

    Expect that people will continue to leave until they improve the work environment and get rid of the toxic managers.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work. Everyone is like family."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Seabrook, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Seabrook, TX
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Port of Houston Authority full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Every other Friday off. 11 paid holidays. Relaxed work environment. Annual employee appreciation meals.

    Cons

    The Port of Houston Authority has a very low atrition rate. Most people retire from here after many years of service. This coupled with the size of the organization, makes growth and advancement challenging. It is still a great place to work!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the communication open. i had a great manager at the Port. He was always sound and fair.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Depends what you are looking for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of time off. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Very little raises for the technical discipline.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing the best that they can. They are restructuring and trying to get their balance sheet in order.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great internship pay but does not lead to a fufilling career."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They offer interns substantially higher salaries in comparison to other employers. Co-workers are easily approachable and provide advice about life and their careers openly. My supervisor was great; easy to talk to about all topics dealing with careers, life styles, and further academic studies. We communicated often and I was taken out on a tour of the port via car and boat. My supervisor provided useful guidance and feedback on my work.

    Cons

    Slow environment. Monotonous work. A very old company culture. Not much room for growth. Coworkers advised me not to spend my career there. The employees just gave off an impression that if they could have a postion that fufilled their financial needs anywhere else, they would leave.

    Advice to Management

    The engineering sector needs a boost of moral .Employees feel they are working towards nothing.


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