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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated June 9, 2017
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  • Low pay compared to similar jobs (in 15 reviews)

  • Some of the positions involve pretty technical work and you would receive much more money for the same job working in the private sector (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Chemist III"

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    Former Employee - Chemist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Chemist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and insurance, good place to learn state and federal regulations.

    Cons

    Its the archetype of a boondoggle. If you stay there more than 3 years, your life will slowly begin to go down the drain into a nightmare of redundancy. I saw 2 suicides and lost track of the number of people terminated for personal reasons, including myself.

    Advice to Management

    Nepotism rules this agency, its sad, really.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Pay poor"

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

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    If you want to be poor, go for it.

    Cons

    The bad work environment ever.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up

  3. Helpful (7)

    "learn regs then leave-fast; organization has nothing else to offer you"

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

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

    Pros

    You work to protect public health and the environment. My co-workers are incredible, smart and hardworking people and I've made some great friends.

    Cons

    Regional management is incompetent and they look to find ways to fire people that make the 'dead to me' or DTM list. Management has been overheard bragging about firing people.
    The turn over rate is over 25%. At least one person leaves/quits/gets fired every week. There are at least 50 vacancies.
    Management is promoted with no experience managing, no experience in the subject matter staff is working on and is given no training.
    Regional management demands that subordinates not talk to, email or call managers unless it is during the few hours they're available during the day; which they're then called into meetings and yet again unavailable so staff is left with vague instructions and no way to clarify what is supposed to be done.
    I've never worked in a place where people are scared to request a day off; even if they have over 40 hours of comp time alone and have been forced to work 12 hour days and weekends for weeks at a time. The morale in this office is non-existent. Even other regions within the agency acknowledge how terrible management is; yet nothing is done to change it.
    The office building is falling apart; the elevators are constantly broken, stairwells have mold or bird poop, bathrooms are not always working and the parking lot turns into a lake when it rains. Not to mention it's in a sketchy part of town and not safe. I would never suggest to anyone to work here.

    Advice to Management

    It's not the staff that's the problem. You've driven out all of the competent, knowledgeable staff and you will not retain good staff with the current agenda.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here"

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    Current Employee - Natural Resource Specialist II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Natural Resource Specialist II in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are the only good part about the job and they're not even that good. You would do better paying out of pocket for any medical needs. Gives you a lot of training but you never have a chance to use it

    Cons

    Low pay - 36K is not enough for someone to live off of in Austin
    Slow work days - I have not "worked" in the last past three weeks, it is ridiculous slow and boring
    Management is very passive aggressive

    Advice to Management

    PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES MORE


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Mixed"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good and the State pays for the employees health insurance. Holiday times off are numerous. Dress code in most regions is relaxed.

    Cons

    R12-Houston is poorly managed. The pay scale is lower than the private sector and pay raises in Houston are hard to come by.

    Advice to Management

    Region 12-Houston is the worst division of the TCEQ. The RD is often referred to as Hitler's counterpart. The turnover rate for the last 16 months stands at 25%. Moral is at an all time low. There are no incentives to go above and beyond as merit bonuses/raises are reserved for Mgmt favorites. Retaliation for perceived transgressions is quick and brutal. Ex-commissioner's have warned past and future employees not to come back here as R12 is a hostile work environment. Why the upper Mgmt in Austin doesn't check into this amazes.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Purchaser"

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    Former Employee - Purchaser in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Purchaser in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very well funded
    Light workload
    Healthcare benefits
    Lots of time to chat and waste time
    Not much good here to write about.

    Cons

    Inadequate (nonexistent) management, both mid level and top. If you have any skills and education you'll be better qualified than your manager. And guess what, he will not like that.
    Horrible proprietary ERP that's more cumbersome than it is useful.
    A lot of people have a do-the-minimum-to-get-by attitude. Lots of unqualified people just taking up space. Very few people actually work.
    It's sad to see our tax dollars being spent on such unqualified staff. Especially purchasing staff wastes money paying shipping to vendors who ship for free!
    Not a good place to build a career.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make decisions based on one persons input. Investigate thoroughly and get different points of views. You are as strong as your weakest link.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "bad government job"

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    Current Employee - Chemist III in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Chemist III in Sugar Land, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    none really that I can think of.

    Cons

    Salary is below other state agency in Texas and working overtime only earns you 1 hour for every hour of overtime. Tons of paperwork to fill out to get anything done. LIMS software is antiquated and a joke.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't afford to pay your employees what other state agency are paying and there is no other benefit then you will continue to have a high turnover rate.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible place."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Well its a government job.

    Cons

    Corrupt.. Team Leads that are unprofessional, lazy and bipolar.. Gossip. Drama. Backstabbing. Nothing productive. They only really cared about two things..if the budget was spent and covering up any corruption. Freedom of information act lol... full time paper shredding going on.

    Advice to Management

    get a real job.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "last resort employer"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strictly 8-5, little if any overtime required. Rank and file employees generally quite nice.

    Cons

    Management from the top down has an anti-science, anti-environmental attitude. Very power hungry, not much integrity, not much personality. In the short time I was there I saw multiple incidents of people being deliberately humiliated.

    Advice to Management

    Take protecting the environment seriously and treat your employees like human beings. Don't think you can buy people off with a chili cook-off, it doesn't compensate for a lack of respect.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Bitter Sweet"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator II in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator II in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great experience, quality trainings, and incredible benefits!

    Cons

    Prejudice upper management in the Houston office, poor pay, high turn-overs.


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