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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated July 13, 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 (6)

    "The work is interesting, the work environment leaves much to be desired."

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    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator II in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you're just out of school and/or relatively inexperienced, and you feel a career in the environmental field is for you, this is not a bad place to start. You'll be given challenging assignments up front, and the learning curve will be steep depending on the media (Air is significantly more difficult than water, waste, PST, etc). Take advantage of training opportunities that come along, don't stick around too long, and this can be a good way to break into the job market. Older, experienced workers looking for a change may benefit if the right position is available.

    Cons

    While the work can be interesting and fun, assignments are not distributed evenly. Depending on who you are and who your supervisor is, you may find yourself snowed under while others have comparatively little on their plates. You'll be told its impossible to compare workloads between employees and will be actively discouraged from doing so, for the reason that every investigator/investigation and workload is unique. While that's true to a degree, in my opinion this argument is primarily used to justify significant disparities in productivity and (less obviously) ability. This carries over to raises and promotions as well. Because expectations are not clearly defined, and meaningful metrics lacking, that leaves a great deal of room for politically-motivated, emotion-driven decisionmaking on management's part. Gaming the system--a favorite pastime of both staff and management--to achieve a desired outcome, whether its promoting or torpedoing an employee, is a predictable consequence. In addition, the TCEQ, not unlike most other organizations, promotes people to management positions based not on aptitude, but on longevity/seniority. Needless to say, the effect of all this on employee morale is disastrous. For example, egregious slacking off and time wasting will be overlooked on the part of one employee while another is docked for arriving at work fifteen minutes late. Those who actually produce are told they are sub-par performers and find themselves perpetually behind, whereas others who produce comparatively little are rewarded with lighter workloads and additional perks. Which group will you fall into? If you feel lucky, hire on and take your chances.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, there's very little point in proffering advice or feedback to management. They cannot fail to be aware of poor morale and high turnover, but they have either become so inured or are at such a loss about what to do, the prospects for change are extremely poor. If the goal is to create a model Hobbesian "state of nature" in an office setting, management has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "I have been working with the TCEQ since it was established in 1992."

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work with the agency are the benefits, the extra holidays off, and not having to work overtime.

    Cons

    Throughout my career at the agency, I have been thru several programs and I have seen many disturbing things happen. First of all, the management doesn't treat people equally or with respect. There is a lot of favoritism and I have seen people being promoted into management positions that don't even have a college degree. There have been a few times where management has promised me promotions or advancement which turned out to be just empty promises. Recently, I was asked to take on other responsibilities totally out of the realm of my job description for our Division, but was not promised a promotion or increase in salary. Furthermore, programs within the agency change rules like changes in wind direction and they don't officially tell staff what's required for a particular task. They also don't give employees any clear instructions to follow, either in print or online. The employee only finds out when they are accused of completing the task wrong, and most of the time it's over a very trivial piece of information that doesn't really contribute or effect the outcome of the completed task. They make the employee feel like they are a failure, and that it's a strike against them on their record. They constantly tell employees to ask when they aren't sure about a procedure, but while the rules are constantly changing in the background, it makes it difficult for the employee to know how to complete a task when they are unaware that the rules have changed in the first place. While management attempts to announce changes, it's only thru email and sometimes they don't announce new procedures at all. New procedures are not compiled into a manual which could be easily referenced for daily tasks. Manuals that are posted online are not updated regularly and are grossly outdated. It really puts the employee at a disadvantage and makes them feel degraded. While I have worked for the state for almost 30 years, I can say that the only insentive that I presently have is retirement.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to totally change their business processes. They need to create a better environment, have more opportunities and better salaries for employees if they wish to secure quality personnel within the agency. They also need to keep their promises and have some respect for their employees, especially if they have worked for the state as long as I have.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "A Sham!!"

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

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

    Pros

    I really don't have anything positive to say. Get holidays off that no one has never heard of.

    Cons

    Pay is low in respect to private sector, too much politics/bureacracy. Leave science as it is "Science". Employees accumulate sick leave/comp-time, and vacation but get the third degree to use it.
     No work/life balance at all. Raises, if you buddy buddy with management you will get one.
    EXTREMELY high turn-over rate for a technical position.
     If you are an engineer trying to challenge yourself along with pay, this is not the place my friend. Your feelings will be hurt.
    Career ladder- Stagnant.
    The best of them all: To do work outside your job description at a higher carrer ladder level, yet getting paid at a lower level. That trumps it.

    Advice to Management

    Incompetent management. Employees getting their management position on default. Not good. Mid to Upper management have no clue. Needs to pay a little more attention to lower level management.
    ATTITUDE reflects LEADERSHIP.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  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 (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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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


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