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State of Texas Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and advancement opportunities (in 19 reviews)

  • Great work/life balance, co-workers became good friends, challenging work but not overwhelming (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • daily drudgery of governmental employment; low pay scales, political hacks in organizations (in 8 reviews)

  • Not a lot of opportunities for advancement or raises in salary (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Inside Baseball"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent culture among staff focused on delivering services and performing daily duties required to administer a federal program correctly and effectively.

    Cons

    Higher level managers exhibited extreme cronyism, particularly those who had not been effective at previously held positions but who later assumed another role within the organization. Unfortunately, it was tolerated by top leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Do the right thing, don't surround yourself with people who don't want others to succeed


  2. "Not a job for long term"

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    Current Employee - Compliance Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Compliance Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of time off, there are a few discounts for state employees. Will accrue lots of PTO over time and time carries over.

    Cons

    No room for advancement, low pay, rules made on the fly, favoritism. Long and slow process to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Be open for change and create an environment where employees can openly communicate without backlash.


  3. "Welders"

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Helper in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Kitchen Helper in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Texas (More than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of exercise and lots of respect. Learning experiences and a variety of people. Instills good work habits

    Cons

    Hot and not enough hours. To many people in charge and not enough qualified people. Not enough challenges and no chance for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Believe what you hear about their employment and keep researching their jobs


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Just a job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Auditor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Auditor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at State of Texas full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible if time off is needed

    Cons

    No set course, procedures change from one day to the next, lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more


  6. Helpful (1)

    "State employment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerical in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Clerical in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    steady but unspectacular, good holidays and benefits.

    Cons

    no raises because of budget issues


  7. "This is not a place to work if you value ongoing training and advancement."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Stable employment; average employee in professional capacity over 15 years with most deciding to take retirement upon achieving 30 years. Bonus incentive for longevity after 2 years.

    Cons

    No real advancement in terms of promotion. Most opportunities are temporary positions. There is no ongoing training provided. The salaries are not marketable. The benefits have been cut significantly over the years. Aside from early retirement, the benefit package is no longer comparable to private industry. Many positions are not used to their own capacities and employees are not challenged to produce.

    Advice to Management

    Provide assignments befitting the level of the position. Use the resources at your disposal as opposed to hiring extensive contracting resources. Provide ongoing professional and technical training.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best place to work"

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    Former Employee - MEPD in Lampasas, TX
    Former Employee - MEPD in Lampasas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, if you like to be busy and like overtime and exteme deadlines, this place is for you.

    Cons

    Overworked, unbalanced workload, lots of travel and upon return to the office work will be stacked up against you. Management that has no idea as to how system works or what is required to do the job and time frames.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what you are asking of workers so you have a better understanding of distributing work load


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work if your position is well established and important to the agency."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Salaries commensurate with IT industry
    Leadership allows good balance between life and work
    DIR is lead agency for Information Technology for the State of Texas

    Cons

    Poor staff morale
    Poor communication between rank and file and executive management
    Divisions and staff tends to isolate themselves and share little information about their projects

    Advice to Management

    Make a thourough assessment of current personnel and their capabilities before bringing in new employees. Pay more attention to the needs of the rank and file staff because they have no confidence in sharing problems or issues with top management. Get out of the executive suite more often.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "easy job"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    management is ok when you need time away from work for personal reasons like a doctor appointment. lots of time time off days for state holidays.

    Cons

    no annual raise, allow employees to be lazy. keep raising HMO copays - gone from $20 to $25. and increased copay minimum from $1,000 to $2,000. budgetary restraints have destroyed all morale. everyone is worried their job will be cut. many people retire and begin earning a monthly stipend, than come back to work full-time - called "double dipping". let these people work instead of hiring new people who want to work.

    Advice to Management

    do not be afraid to ask more of your employees. expect people to work, not just sit and earn a small paycheck.


  11. "It's like a bad relationship - sometimes it's really great, sometimes it's really bad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at State of Texas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get paid, free parking, several holidays.

    Cons

    Poor management, no raises unless your upper management, they don't trust you enough to work from home so you spend 2-3 hours in traffic and too exhausted to have a life M-F.

    Advice to Management

    Employees don't leave jobs, they leave managers. Encourage and reward your employees and they will make you look good.


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