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Railroad Commission of Texas Reviews

Updated April 30, 2017
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  1. "It depends on what you are looking for...."

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

    I have been working at Railroad Commission of Texas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    RRC has a great work/life balance and many excellent benefits.

    Cons

    The pay is less than other state agencies and progress is slow.

    Advice to Management

    Strive for pay parity and be more open to progressive change.


  2. "Texas Railroad Commission, to work or not to work there."

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    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist IV in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist IV in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at Railroad Commission of Texas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Easy to take off when needed very family oriented. Ok benefits tech staff is like one big family. Flex hours if approved by upper management.

    Cons

    No support from upper management too many chiefs not enough Indians. Not enough training on new things and way way too much criticism for mistakes made no matter how small. You are expected to be at speed on things from the start.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the little people, they are the ones that make you look good.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible place to work...morale is so low"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist II in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Railroad Commission of Texas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people you will work with are amazing. I really liked working in downtown Austin, and you get free state parking at all state parking garages.

    Cons

    The way people are micromanaged by management is astonishing. They also try to belittle you and make you think you will only be able to do this job for the rest of your career. They don't like it when you try to take initiative on something that they didn't think of, but helps work flow efficiency. Management is constantly in fear that their jobs are in jeopardy, because the Commissioners get kickbacks for the energy production industry, and if management doesn't cave on most environmental concerns, then they get canned.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the Commissioners and 99% of the management problems would go away.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "RRC of Tx"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Driftwood, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Driftwood, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Railroad Commission of Texas (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere. Room to advance, or start a career.

    Cons

    As a full-time state employee, the rate might be lower than in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management, keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stable work - but no room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist II in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist II in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Railroad Commission of Texas (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Reliable work regardless of oil price.

    Cons

    Repetitive work. Little room for growth or advancement. Leadership is uninspiring.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanage less.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing experience overall"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are several tenured staff willing to share their knowledge with you. There is a great deal of peer support.

    Cons

    Salaries are inconsistent between employees with similar experience and qualifications. Unless you are part of a previously established 'in crowd', you are out. Management does not provide clear direction and vision to employees. Priorities are constantly shifting. Gender discrimination and harassment are tolerated and over-looked by management.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "I Enjoyed Working There"

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    Former Employee - Senior Enterprise Data Architect in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Enterprise Data Architect in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Railroad Commission of Texas (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was hired for the right reasons. I was given the right tools and authority to do the best I can.

    Cons

    Some business analysts didn't understand that design comes before build. On one particular project the BA's changed the requirements right up to production/go live.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent business analysts whose skills goes beyond English fluency / literacy and who understand that design comes before build.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not good"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Railroad Commission of Texas full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits. Enjoyed learning about pipelines.

    Cons

    How I was hired, and how I left was very discouraging and disappointing. Training was left to be desire. I had to work 200 times harder than my counter parts performing the same position, that includes spending time reading extra materials. You are traveling more than 90% of your time. Leaves little room to handle ones personal business. Even if you let someone know (Project lead, management), it still falls on you. Beware, if they don't like you they will set you up for failure, or find something. Lots of Bureaucracy. The pay is almost half of what is normally in this sector. It is what it is though. Everything happens for a reason right.

    Advice to Management

    Can't really say, I don't know these people as far as character. Keep in mind I was always traveling so I really don't know the company culture plus I was not there long enough. Only insight is that it is political.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Better than other state agencies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Railroad Commission of Texas full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very laidback and great work life balance; Staff for the most part really enjoys their jobs and wants to continue to be better (which is difficult to find in state government). Management believes in creating work culture and developing camaraderie among employees.

    Cons

    Technology is extremely outdated and IT team overloaded; This is a problem throughout state government though because lack of resources and ability to recruit and retain best and brightest.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Railroad Commission of Texas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will work with a few good admins.

    Cons

    Technical people act like you should worship them.
    Upper management is totally out of touch and moves their own people in without interviewing them. Ethical NIGHTMARE if anyone bothered to look.
    All of the directors are out for themselves. Don't expect any help.
    The "open door" policy is an absolute JOKE. Say something and you may face passive aggressive repercussions. Or even fired.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent managers. I should not have to be training my manager how to do their job.


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