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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated June 10, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance meaning once you leave at 5pm you're done" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, very supportive of their employees attending various trainings" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Hard to feel a sense of accomplishment and low pay" (in 24 reviews)

  • "not competitive with private sector" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "An agency that understands its role in the State and community."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator in El Paso, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Making a difference. Leave and benefits are great!

    Cons

    Salary for the education level for the positions is way behind private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be fair about assignments.


  2. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Security
    No Overtime
    Low-Stress
    Decent Benefits
    20 words

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Often unstimulating
    Antiquated Culture
    Conservative Management

  3. "Environmental Science"

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    Current Employee - Senior Geologist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Geologist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Security, work is socially beneficial, often interesting, retirement program based on pension.

    Cons

    bureaucratic, pay is lower than private sector


  4. "Nice place to work if you don't mind being poor"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many intelligent, nice people work at TCEQ. Benefits are decent. Management is flexible with approving time off. Stable employment. Low pressure most of the time.

    Cons

    Pay is low, and the incentive structure seems to drain the ambition from even the highest performers eventually.


  5. "Administrative Asst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    Good management and great training for employees

    Cons

    Little pay for experienced employees. No compromise on starting pay


  6. "Good Times"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a average place to work

    Cons

    Management can be a little testy


  7. "Low Key Work with Fair Compensation"

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    Current Employee - Permit Writer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Permit Writer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed Work Environment, not always a lot of work coming in so it is not hard to meet deadlines

    Cons

    You are compensated according to this, the pay is not high, but the work is not particularly difficult. Very traditional dress code.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for the State of Texas comes with good benefits if you can stay long enough to retire.

    Cons

    The Houston, TX Regional TCEQ office is not a pleasant place to work. There is no job security and they treat their employees very badly. It is a very unhealthy environment where the workers are stressed out and even the employees have been there for a long time worry about the security of their jobs. I believe the problem is with management as the employees who are not in management are very kind. When I was hired in, they were filling four positions because the previous admins all quit; even those who had been there for many years. After I began working, other admins (one with 16 years invested) couldn’t take it another day and quit. Then, several other admins were fired before they got their 6 months in. I saw good workers brought to tears by the management. They actually make up false things to write people up to begin the process of documenting (false things) to be able to fire them. In order to request a sick day to see the doctor, we were required to ask all the other peers if they are okay with you taking the day off and then ask other supervisors if they foresaw any problems or concerns if you take that day off. After you got everyone’s clearance, then you could submit your request, indicating the approval, to your supervisor for final approval.

    Advice to Management

    You would have more effective work accomplished for TCEQ by employees who were happy and felt secure in their jobs if you treated your people better. However, your high rate of turnover indicates it does not matter to management, there is no incentive for you to change. It will more likely take a lawsuit to force change because so many leadership problems are embedded in your practices.


  9. "Stable job. Lower than average pau"

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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

    Great Co workers
    Get lucky enough you have good supervisors
    Good life and work balance

    Cons

    Undervalued.
    Some regions do a fraction of what bigger regions do, but get paid the same wages. It's a bit unfair


  10. "Natural Resource Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule, nice colleagues, generous holidays

    Cons

    not competitive with private sector


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