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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated September 19, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance meaning once you leave at 5pm you're done" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, very supportive of their employees attending various trainings" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Hard to feel a sense of accomplishment and low pay" (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1. "Investigator"

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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

    Very nice work culture. Knowledgeable people.

    Cons

    I never experienced any cons.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Natural Resources Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abilene, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was in the Abilene Region . The management is great in every aspect. I really enjoyed the overall work environment in the regional office.
    I did not work at the office in Austin, however my experience with the employees in the Water Quality Division was pleasant.

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of communication between the regional offices hindered investigators from conducting investigations in a uniform matter. The agency is working on this however.

  3. "Good place to work, but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance. Awesome co-workers. Lots of smart people working here that are willing to share their knowledge with others who need help with projects.

    Cons

    in the division where I work, tools needed to do your job are not available (e.g., guidance, instructions, etc). Poor training program. Lack of leadership and not a lot of vision as to where the division needs to be heading (of if it's there, management isn't sharing). Division management tends to stay in their offices (or in meetings) and rarely ventures out to visit with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Share more information with your employees and make division meetings meaningful. Get out of your offices more. It should never be said in a division meeting by the director or assistant director, "For those of you that don't know me...."


  4. "EI II"

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing, no opportunity to advance, no mentoring whatesoever

    Cons

    Everything, and extremely low pay.


  5. "Environmental Investigator"

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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 benefits and retirement plan and lots of good (free) training.

    Cons

    Management and turnover in some sections.


  6. "Enviromental investigators"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist 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

    Learned alot from investigator and some team leaders

    Cons

    The agency has sucessfully chased away all the knowledge employees due to the caustics work environment. You try never to say never but I pray that I never have to return to the agency to support my family because it would be difficult. Now the agency is promoting person with no experience and no people skill to team leaders. The REGIONAL office have gone to h __ ll in a hand basket. Even if you complain central office does not care.

    Advice to Management

    Remember why agency was created and respect is a two way street to get respect you have to be respectful too. I know the people who can make changes never see these post but if you are thinking about applying to the agency learn as much as you can and get out it is a very toxic environment.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome work environment, self paced, reasonable deadlines

    Cons

    The pay is horrible, not much room for growth

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Corruption, Low Salaries, Poor Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees used to strive to get "vested" for retirement when the benefits were better

    Cons

    Corrupt middle management and executive-level staff.

    Nepotism and cronyism.

    Discrimination based on legally protected categories.

    Benefits are BCBS HealthSelect, which has gone downhill terribly or Scott & White, which is regional. Other benefits, which cost a premium, cannot be utilized.

    Employees must pay for state travel out of their own personal funds and wait on reimbursement.

    Employee morale overall is horrible. Just listen to the employees as they come into work daily.

    ***Note: Richard A. Hyde left the agency and there is no current executive director, only an interim acting ED.

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard-working employees who show initiative. Do not discriminate based on legally protected categories. Drain the swamp of middle management who are there based on who they know, not what they accomplish.


  9. "system analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    stable environment; some interesting work;

    Cons

    poor management; very political; unable to see the future of IT

    Advice to Management

    Pay better, treat people with diginity


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Learn a lot, and then leave"

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

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

    Pros

    Very straightforward. Get similar tasks over and over, and there isn't much room for surprises. Good for people who love the regulations. Good place to learn the regulations. Office job, so if you like sitting in the AC, thats a plus. Peers are generally nice.

    Cons

    So boring and repetitive. Checklists and templates and rules and regulations. It floats some people's boats but not most. Folks right out of school try it out for a few months or a few years, and then are quick to leave when they learn they can be making 3 times as much elsewhere and not have to do the same thing all the time. There are a few Team Leaders who are micro-managers and talk down to people, but luckily I've avoided their teams. Salary is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Give people opportunities to work on other teams! You would reduce turnover significantly if people could transfer to another team to learn new skills, get a change of pace, and fix personality conflicts. So many people leave the agency because they have a hard time getting out of the rut. I know you can't fix the poor salary, but if you make people happier, they won't mind as much.


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