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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated August 31, 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)

  • 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. "Good starter"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Can be a good employer"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, TCEQ is a good employer that cares about its people. I've developed many friendships with co-workers while I worked there.

    Cons

    The experience you have depends on which division you work. There are frequent organizational changes which can make someone feel uneasy. After a reorganization, you never know what your new upper management is like. A couple of retirements can change your entire career.

    Advice to Management

    Hire lower management that actually cares about people instead of people looking to get ahead.

  3. "Fairly good for what it is"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    consistent work, long-term opportunities, good coworkers

    Cons

    Government, red tape, desk job, lots of writing and reviewing, boring


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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


  10. 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.


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