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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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  • Low pay compared to similar jobs (in 18 reviews)

  • Hours are sometimes long and the pay is not equivalent to the private sector (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Not a bad place to start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, team friendly environment, not a stressful work environment, time off

    Cons

    Low salary, monotonous work, difficult to climb the career ladder, bureaucracy,


  2. "A good company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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 (3)

    "Mixed Feelings"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working at the TCEQ provided a unique opportunity to truly make a positive difference, and to be able to actually see the results of your work in the improvement of the environment. It also provides a chance to learn about many different aspects of environmental regulation.

    Cons

    As with so many governmental agencies, priorities are always shifting, which can be difficult to respond to. Politics plays a huge role, which can be disheartening. Goals and requirements have evolved to a strict numbers approach rather than considering results and level of effort.

    Advice to Management

    Support the staff rather than managing with intimidation. Acknowledge the many positive contributions that they make every day. Recognize the challenges that staff face in performing their jobs. Pay will never be as high as the private sector, so it is critical that job satisfaction be high to retain staff. It is management's responsibility to evaluate and provide those factors that lead to high job satisfaction.


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  5. "Salary Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Place to work. Friendly people

    Cons

    Very large company. Not enough employees in some areas. Need less management, more employees. Less days off.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good and bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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 (1)

    "Jumping point to other jobs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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. "State job for ya!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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. "Don't work here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  11. "Intergovernmental Relations Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent employee culture, educated workforce and tasked with a very demanding and important mission to protect Texas' evnvironment

    Cons

    It's a state agency governed by laws and rules. Sometimes improving and fixing takes changing laws which is outside the agency's control.



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