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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated January 30, 2017
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Richard A. Hyde
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  • Low pay compared to similar jobs (in 18 reviews)

  • The pay scale is lower than the private sector and pay raises in Houston are hard to come by (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good Workplace, but Low Excitement"

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

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

    Pros

    -Job is safe, won't lose it if you do an average job
    -People are generally nice and not harsh
    -Working for the State of Texas, feels cool in concept
    -Great insurance and pension plan
    -Great place to retire/round out career

    Cons

    -Not inspiring, can be monotonous, not great for young professional
    -Low energy workplace
    -Pay is only ok-to-average, not competitive
    -No amazing ammenities (cafeteria food is bad, gym is very basic)
    -Change is very slow to come

    Advice to Management

    Not much, since the ceiling for improvement is set by the Texas Legislature and state budget.


  2. "A good company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed the family environment.

    Cons

    I drove 1.5 hours to work everyday. I did not like the fact that senior employees did not value the opinions of younger co-workers. One of my managers were not experienced enough to lead.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Program Supervisor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Supervisor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work for TCEQ is the ability to leave your work at work. The executive management seem to genuinely respect and care about the staff. The mid-management, the dividion director level seem to be a bit more self serving.

    Cons

    The communication between divisions and offices and sometimes IN divisions could be improved. The left hand is rarely totally aware of what the right hand is doing and this can cause issues and get frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Director level managers tend to live in an ivory tower and dont often seem to be willing to go to bat for lower level mgrs and staff.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Jumping point to other jobs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are great and holidays follow the HISD school schedule. Great place to learn the ropes and seems that a lot of new employees stayed a few years, received training, and left for better paying jobs.

    Cons

    The actual pay is abysmal, however if time off and good health benefits is a priority, then it's not so bad.

    Advice to Management

    There are some bad team leaders for sure. Plenty of complaints logged against these bad managers and senior management does nothing to rectify the situation.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Adequate"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Permit Specialist II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Permit Specialist II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, generous vacation/sick/holiday time, flexible schedule, casual dress code, relatively low stress, no expectation of overtime.

    Cons

    Really terrible pay, even for a state job. Passive aggressive management. Indescribably boring work, and dealing with the public is an exercise in futility. All of upper management is a giant old boys club with no interest in engaging with employees. How good this job is will really depend on if you have a good section manager.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more efficiently with staff, instead if waiting until they do something wrong to inform them of a policy change. Pay people equally for work done, if a PE gets paid twice as much as an EPS, they shouldn't be working the same projects. Get rid of Hyde. Encourage development in your employees, instead of viewing their successes as a threat.


  7. "State job for ya!"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator Air Quality in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator Air Quality in Corpus Christi, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits, ℅ workers, location, easy work, relaxing

    Cons

    Low salaries, Low salaries Low salaries Low salaries

    Advice to Management

    Keep on trucking


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Interns predominantly white"

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

    Pros

    Protecting human health and the environment is a noble profession despite the politics.

    Cons

    The TCEQ workforce does not look like Texas. The most aggregious area for non-inclusion is in the hiring of interns. The interns each year are overwhelmingly white and many are later hired as full time employees. Ironically, the intership program is named after Mickey Leland. George Thomas "Mickey" Leland was an anti-poverty activist who later became a congressman from the Texas 18th District and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. The intersip program bares his name while dismissing his values.

    Advice to Management

    Minorities can be managers, supervisors and commissioners. The governor's lack of inclusion trickles, down to all.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Planner I"

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

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

    Pros

    I constantly grow in my role. The job contains amazing project management, grant, and contract writing experience. The state has great benefits and most roles are 40 hours a week and you do not have to work weekends.

    Cons

    The management and the processes that are in place. Some sections are better than others, but many of the processes are completely ineffective at TCEQ. Silos exist and a little is being done to address these ineffective processes. In my section, turnover has been rampant and management has done little to solve this issue.

    Advice to Management

    When there is an issue, talk with the person privately and work with that person rather than let the issue fester. I know this can be awkward, but you will be happy about communicating with that person in the longterm.

    Also, take the time to communicate your desires to your team when delegating tasks. Your project managers are not mind readers.


  10. "Great place to start"

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

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    Lots of training, lots of experience, paid medical insurance

    Cons

    No bonuses for education, high turn over


  11. "Ehh... Not to bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance, daily routine rarely changes, co-workers

    Cons

    To many people in positions whom are clearly not right for, training was very scattered, manotony

    Advice to Management

    Have more qualified people for higher up positions, batter training in place



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