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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated November 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance meaning once you leave at 5pm you're done (in 16 reviews)

  • Great benefits, very supportive of their employees attending various trainings (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay compared to similar jobs (in 16 reviews)

  • After a reorganization, you never know what your new upper management is like (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work but little room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, casual atmosphere, convenient location

    Cons

    Once you advance to a certain point, you have to wait for someone to leave in order to get promoted. They don't seem to be interested in who is best for the job.

    Advice to Management

    Need to offer career development and advancement opportunities beyond some training classes.


  2. "Contract Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, awesome environment, and lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Most people are just their for there paycheck - not passionate about their work.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to learn. Horrible place to be effective."

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    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator
    Former Employee - Environmental Investigator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training for Environmental Investigators alone is worth a brief tenure at TCEQ. Combined with at least one year of tenure, you will be prepared to advance to the EPA or private industry, whether it be as a consultant or internal environmental manager.

    Work-life balance is excellent as you will be required to go home at 5 pm, with some exceptions. Any hours beyond an eight hour day accrues as comp time. Coupled with the relatively generous leave, you will have plenty of opportunity for leave.

    Benefits are rather nice as well.

    Cons

    If you are hoping to be able to "smack it" to the big companies who repeatedly violate numerous regulations, think again. The commissioners are all appointed by the Governor which means that they are all ex- oil and chemical industry guys that have no interest in actually protecting the environment (or employees). Large companies who repeatedly violate regulations simply budget for the rather paltry fines they may be assessed, while small businesses are destroyed by the fines and legal cost of fighting a bureaucracy with deep pockets.

    Likewise, you can stand by and watch as the commission repeatedly sues the EPA, etc. over regulations that affect the lining of the commissioners' pockets in the guise of "protecting jobs". These actions have caused the EPA to hint at de-authorizing Texas, which if were to happen would eliminate the agency and thus, all the people it employs.

    And finally, the management. You may get lucky and have a wonderful manager who gives you the autonomy they speak of in job listings and interviews. You may also get unlucky and get a micromanager who should never have been promoted in the first place. Either way, be careful: management is extremely political and operate as such. They will throw an employee under the bus in a heart beat if it means they save face, even if they should have been backing that employee to the fullest.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage. If you feel the need to do so, you most likely are not fit to manage in the first place.

    Stop "favoring" large industry in lieu of smaller businesses.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  5. "Good place to get started in career"

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

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Pros

    -Good health coverage benefits
    -Lots of interesting training and extended learning opportunities
    -Nice campus with a variety of places to eat and activities to burn some energy
    -Great way to start an environmental career
    -Generally a good place to work. I certainly enjoyed my time starting out at TCEQ.

    Cons

    -Underfunded and it shows
    -Very bureaucratic which is important to know if you plan to advance within the organization


  6. 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


  7. "Environmental Permit Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    Nurturing management. They actually care about you and try to mold you into a better performing employee.

    Cons

    Upper management dont really know whats going on for the team. High expectation without really understand what the employees are doing.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Natural Resource Specialist II"

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    Current Employee - Natural Resource Specialist II in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Natural Resource Specialist II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive staff, flexibility with many vacation days, great work life balance

    Cons

    Not a lot of incentive to go above and beyond, pay isn't competitive with other agencies

    Advice to Management

    Good management


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