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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated November 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance meaning once you leave at 5pm you're done (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits, very supportive of their employees attending various trainings (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay compared to similar jobs (in 16 reviews)

  • After a reorganization, you never know what your new upper management is like (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "NRS III"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    Retirement plan and benefits are pros.

    Cons

    Low wages that are unlikely to increase anytime soon.


  2. "Natural Resources Specialist II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, friendly people, stability

    Cons

    Unmotivated co-workers, favoritism, low salary

    Advice to Management

    Recognize those that are going above and beyond, and instead of just assigning them additional work to pick up the slack of their co-workers, provide wage based incentives. I realize this is State Government work, but there has to be something done to keep hard workers motivated and inclined to stay.

  3. "Good People, Good Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Work with genuine, friendly people.
    - A lot of time off, great place to work if you have a family.
    - Opportunities to move around the agency exist and are encouraged.
    - Gain environmental regulatory knowledge.

    Cons

    Basically everything that comes with a government job ie. the pay isn't terrific and bureaucratic factors are continually present, but the TCEQ is probably one of the better state agencies to work for.

    Other Glassdoor reviews of the TCEQ make it seem like your experience here would be hit or miss. Experience always depends on your attitude, which is up to no one but you. However, one thing to keep in mind is that this is a large agency. Things are good in my division, they may be harder or better in other divisions. It depends.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for team building.


  4. "State job pay-needs to be better, but good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator
    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, very flexible with time off, versatile range of programs and rules

    Cons

    Regional management sucks, doesn't know what he's doing. Budget constraints.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone fairly & equally. Actually be a manager.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good place, turned very bad"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good under appreciated employees.

    Cons

    Toxic environment with bullying management.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage without intimidation. Houston Regional office is in a shambles due to the high turn-over rate caused by Upper Management's lack of proper professional management. They operate on fear and intimidation and the morale is at an all-time low. Everyone state-wide and industry
    -wide is aware of the problem in the Hoyston office, but the agency is turning a blind eye to it. There have been so many forced retirements, transfers, and resignations that it's unbelievable. Agency Headquarters needs to wake up and intervene. The largest Region has fallen apart.


  6. "Very secure employment, but workflow inconsistent"

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    Current Employee - Aquatic Scientist
    Current Employee - Aquatic Scientist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, very supportive of their employees attending various trainings. Executive Director Richard Hyde is a good guy and TCEQ has never laid off an employee during budget cuts.

    Cons

    Depending on where you are in the organization, workflow can be inconsistent and often influenced by politics.

    Advice to Management

    Make tele-working more available. If I were to listen to what my boss said and not what I know from HR, I would think tele-working did not exist.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "ADMIN"

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    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 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I loved TCEQ when it was family oriented, which ended in 2008.

    Cons

    There is favoritism & poor management. They treat employees like trash. No compassion or respect. People that have worked there over 20+ years are getting fired or pushed into retirement. If you say anything that upper management don't agree with they will make your job a living nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Change. Too many good workers are quitting.

  8. "Good starter"

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    Current Employee - Air Investigator in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Air Investigator in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits but not enough .

    Cons

    Low pay. Too much politics. Need incentive.

    Advice to Management

    Give us another reason to stay If you can't pay us. Heal the rift between the regions and Austin.


  9. "Environmental"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Midland, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with very knowledgeable professionals. We worked as a team. They took the time to teach me with information about different programs which they felt would assist me in my job in assisting the pubic. I enjoy auditing so I made the point of learning the coding to assist the investigators on coding accuracy of their reports.

    Cons

    Sometimes I would have to deal with very irate people that would call in to make complaints.


  10. "Environmental investigator IV"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good work-life balance, good location, direct managers can provide good support

    Cons

    Pay is not as competitive, Senior Management is lacking tremendously, different work ethics

    Advice to Management

    Change out your Senior Management. Or do not micromanage. Allow your people to grow and learn on their own. Do not take away benefits within the office


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