Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services Reviews

Updated Sep 2, 2020

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Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith
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2 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Garland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Low pay and to much red tape

  2. "Vocational counselor"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    obtained experience working as a vocational counselor straight of out grad school.

    Cons

    Management is awful. The better you are at your job the more work they give you. Many employees get away with doing the bare minimum and the employees that care have to pick up the slack. Caseload sizes are not realistic

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    "Vocational Rehabilitation Services"

    4.0
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Vrc in Dallas, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Working Atmosphere; sense of job security; opportunity to give back to the community; high level of job satisfaction

    Cons

    Politics is a reality in public and private sector but seems to be higher degree of politics in public sector which is consistent with my experiences with the State of Texas.

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  4. "Disability Examiner Review"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services full-time

    Pros

    They provide great benefits for their employees.

    Cons

    It is it's own universe of cubicles.

  5. "from Great to bad and worse"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    ability to help people with disabilities maintain or return to the workforce

    Cons

    bad untrained managers establishing unrealistic goals and cuts in funding delaying services

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    "Disability Examiner"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Disability Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Wonderful learning experience . -Once upon a time merit raises happened -if you are older majority just stay until retirement/die -Loved my training unit problems only started to occur when budget changed and we were forced into other units with incompetent managers.

    Cons

    -Once upon a time merit raises happened -OUMs (managers) lack proper training and majority don't deserve the title or the pay .A good number of them just sit at their desk and gossip with their friends. -Once you get behind there is nothing in place to help employees catch up. so majority of the examiners are constantly playing catch up. -When overtime is actually offered many don't even take up the offer because its not an opportunity for you to catch up but rather you are provided a ridiculous number of additional cases on top of the ones you are already trying to complete. examiners are penalized for things out of their control i.e claimants calling with additional info or not returning things, medical records being late, field office not cooperating, hospitals being difficult, etc. -Majority of those in power don't do any work and if you complain about an issue there are some managers that retaliate. -We are all supposed to be adults but often you feel like you are back in high school based on how some managers act with their close group of friends. -Don't complain about policy because they will find a way to twist things and make it your fault. -Probation is 12months and you are without insurance until -As the years progress there are people with the same time who are making grossly different salaries simply because merit raises and any other raises stopped a few years ago - HIGH TURNOVER

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  7. "Mentally Draining"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Helping people with disabilities Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Always referred to look at policy but policy is not always clear High turnover rate Large caseloads

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Relatives first"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Rehabilitation Technician in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Helping people with disabilities obtain employment and providing supports to keep them employed is satisfying.

    Cons

    The nepotism is rife. I have seen qualified applicants passed over for relatives of management. To make it worse, they will not be qualified, one did not even know how to use outlook email. The "in" group take long lunches and generally waste time socializing and party planning, meanwhile the truly good workers are chained to the desk and assigned the majority of the work.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Disability Specialist"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, passionate about medical work/helping people, learn a lot about medical information

    Cons

    management, favoritism, high turnover rate

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  10. "VOC REHAB AGENCY"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Abilene, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent services. Great staff and environment..

    Cons

    All the hoops you have to jump thru sometimes working for the state.

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