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SW Florida Water Management District Reviews

Updated Jan 4, 2019

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Brian Armstrong
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Employer - Growth Opportunities - Talented Employees - Rewarding Mission!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooksville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The SWFWMD's Mission "to protect water resources, minimize flood risks, and ensure the public's water needs are met" positively contributes to society and is something, as an employee, I am proud of. The SWFWMD provides employees opportunities to do lots of different types of work from Regulation, Project Management, Research/Technically Challenging Science, Scientific Data Collection, Land Management, Operations...

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    Cons

    I tend to work extra hours. The bad and good reasons are the amount of work I have to complete but also my level of interest in my work tends to keep me late.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job!

    SW Florida Water Management District2018-02-06

    SW Florida Water Management District Response

    February 27, 2018HR & Risk Mgmt Office Chief

    The district remains successful because there are employees like you! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible, friendly co-workers, enjoy the work

    Cons

    No raises and some have weak work ethic

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent on what you do

    SW Florida Water Management District2019-01-05

    SW Florida Water Management District Response

    January 12, 2019HR & Risk Mgmt Office Chief

    Thanks “Current Employee.” We too love working with our co-workers, like you! I am a bit confused on the con on raises. We have had performance based merit increases twice in the nearly two years I have been here. Reclassifications and promotions have also occurred either as ...

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  3. "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time

    Pros

    Good stepping stone to start

    Cons

    Low compensation when starting off

    SW Florida Water Management District2018-02-02

    SW Florida Water Management District Response

    February 7, 2018HR & Risk Mgmt Office Chief

    We appreciate the feedback and glad you are here! We do look at our total rewards of cash and benefits. Our health care benefits are amazing and the leave is generous. Couple that with our work life balance in real practice and we think the package is solid. Hope you get to enjoy ...

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  4. "Don't believe the "Hype""

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

    I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time

    Pros

    The majority of staff at SWFWMD are stellar and individuals that you would want to work with. Technology is leading edge in most departments and the opportunity to utilize diverse tools are appealing.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the majority of the staff have been employed by SWFWMD most of their lives and have not experienced the world around them. The organization wants to remain in the "good ol' boys structure" and does not encourage diversity of staff, thought or action. Don't join SWFWMD to impact change, have an impact of your industry or the field. If you are looking for an environment that is slow, antiquated and close-minded...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop having "select" staff provide questionable feedback on the organization to raise the ratings. This effort just sets applicants and employees up for failure as they join the organization under false pretense. It is time to move into the 21st Century with management and leadership, instead of going back to the "good ol' boy" world. Successful organizations are looking forward, not backwards as they succeed.

    SW Florida Water Management District2018-01-14

    SW Florida Water Management District Response

    January 16, 2018HR & Risk Mgmt Office Chief

    I certainly agree with the Pros--you stated them well! I will share a few facts. About 50% of our workforce has been at the District for ten years or less and about 50% more than ten years. We are working on deeper and better defined succession planning and career development ...

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  5. "Surround Yourself with Talent"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Brooksville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Careers at the District are special primarily due to amazing colleagues. You are surrounded by world class professionals who are all passionate about our mission and the important work we do. There is always a feeling of pride knowing that we are making a difference as part of our great organization.

    Cons

    There are several business processes that could be better streamlined to allow more efficiency across the entire organization. At times it seems not all levels of sections/teams share the same level of camaraderie and cohesion. This may be alleviated by a more unifying vision originating from executive leadership and on down the chain to keep all District employees continually engaged and focused.

    Advice to Management

    Continue improvements in communication that allows for better interaction and feedback to help managers more effectively keep employees on track to achieve goals and success. That said, improvement could be made on yearly review process to evaluate performance. Since most all employees are professionals and continually self manage, supervisors/managers could instead focus on each staff's unique strengths and provide...

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    SW Florida Water Management District2017-08-03

    SW Florida Water Management District Response

    January 12, 2019HR & Risk Mgmt Office Chief

    This review was posted some time ago, before I arrived. I think my response will help those reading the review today. The people of the Distrct make every day amazing. We are all aligned on our mission and proud to serve our 16 counties. The DIVE program is great at streamlining ...

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good place to work any more"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Brooksville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SW Florida Water Management District full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice coworkers, sometimes work on rewarding projects

    Cons

    Highly political, poor pay, upper management

    Advice to Management

    Be true to your mission and shun the politics as much as possible.

    SW Florida Water Management District2017-07-16

    SW Florida Water Management District Response

    January 16, 2018HR & Risk Mgmt Office Chief

    Hello Former Employee: I am sorry we couldn't keep you. I appreciate the advice. Truly our passion is around that mission. If you wish to share examples of the politics you experienced or the cons of upper management-I would love to listen. It is the only way to get better. ...

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "Working at SWFWMD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SW Florida Water Management District full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Most there loved their work. Good benefits, good amount of PTO.

    Cons

    Poor incentive programs, goals and completing them for a small bonus or nothing, seldom get a raise, very political. Interview process for internal positions is political.

    SW Florida Water Management District2017-07-07

    SW Florida Water Management District Response

    January 16, 2018HR & Risk Mgmt Office Chief

    Dear Former Employee: Thank you for the comments. Raises are always a tough spot for agencies such as ours. We are looking at the market data and making adjustments as well as continuing our performance based merits. We are continuing to streamline and better the hiring ...

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  8. "Environmental Ethic & Flexible Work Schedule"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      I enjoy working with the professional and passionate staff at the District. Since my education is in environmental science, I love the agency’s mission. I’ve worked both in private sector and other public organizations, and truly appreciate and value my work/life balance and flexible work schedule. My three children attend charter schools with no bus transportation, and arranging my work hours and office location hasn’t...

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      Cons

      Workload is heavy. Not much room for advancement.

      Advice to Management

      Rather than giving bonuses (which has been a popularity contest) prioritize funding to give merit-based raises. We pay taxes on the bonuses and there isn’t a long-term benefit like a salary increase provides.

      SW Florida Water Management District2017-05-30

      SW Florida Water Management District Response

      January 16, 2018HR & Risk Mgmt Office Chief

      Thanks for the feedback. We have returned to increases based on performance. I hope you saw that in October.

    • Helpful (2)

      "too much work, too little money"

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      Current Employee - Scientist 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      No weekends, good work life balance, great staff.

      Cons

      - So much work to be done, not enough time or the appropriate compensation to make up for it - Senior staff needs to retire and free up payroll - Sexism still exists and the boys club is slow to be dismantled - Political brown nosing is rampant and ultimately allows to goal of "Protecting the Resources" to be ignored for the potential of better prospects

      Advice to Management

      Stop focusing on the PR standpoint and work on improving morale within the District. Add some staff science and engineering positions to offset the workload instead of working on establishing hashtags.

      SW Florida Water Management District2017-05-10

      SW Florida Water Management District Response

      May 24, 2017Communications Manager

      Thank you for your feedback. As a result of your review, we pulled the total number of females at the District. We wanted to share with you that 41% of the District's total workforce are female and an even higher percentage of women are in management. 44% of our Executive Team, Senior ...

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    • Helpful (5)

      "Over Worked"

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

      I have been working at SW Florida Water Management District full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Good coworkers and do not have to work weekends.

      Cons

      Our communication staff is pushing out a ton of PR to make the District look good. A new push to hire cheep, inexperienced staff. The rosey reviews of the District on this site are just a big PR stunt. Low pay and little opportunity.

      Advice to Management

      Focus on keeping your staff, Get things done right not fast. Communications section needs to hire people that know the science that is done here at the. We do more than plant seagrass and kayak with manatees. Stop spending so much on PR and pay your employees.

      SW Florida Water Management District2017-04-26

      SW Florida Water Management District Response

      May 1, 2017Communications Manager

      Thanks for your feedback. We all have important jobs to do here at the District, whether it's developing minimum flows and levels, managing the land resources, working in the motor pool or developing the District's budget. The Public Affairs Team also has an important job to do too, ...

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