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Texas Department of State Health Services Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, flexible scheduling options (in 11 reviews)

  • My co-workers were great people to work with (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Very low pay for the amount of work (in 9 reviews)

  • Negative work environment, coworkers resistance to change (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Administrative assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Texas Department of State Health Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and great pay

    Cons

    To many chiefs not enough Indians

    Advice to Management

    No need for so many leads!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Program Specialist III Trainer"

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    Former Employee - Trainer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Trainer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Texas Department of State Health Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits - retirement + 401K, healthcare, dental, stable work environment

    Cons

    Bureaucracy will become stifling after a few years, excellence may not be punished, but it's not necessarily rewarded either. Management changes periodically and head games about a new department Director's agenda can result in unexpected unemployment if you don't learn how to play... mainly by smiling a lot, be positive but quiet, keeping a low profile and just do your job.

    Advice to Management

    The bureaucracy was here before you and it will still be here when you are gone. Be good to the people who, by doing their jobs well, will make you a successful manager.

  3. "Portfolio Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Development Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Development Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Texas Department of State Health Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging environment supporting health care systems

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. IT organization lacks leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Support your IT staff. Work as a team!


  4. "Mental Health Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Texas Department of State Health Services full-time

    Pros

    Supportive environment that is team oriented.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the salaries are not competitive with private hospitals.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "attorney"

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Counsel in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant General Counsel in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Texas Department of State Health Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people in licensing - basically your clients

    Cons

    Horrible management. Lousy pay. Favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people under 40 but paying them the same as people with 15 years plus more experience. Treat your employees equally and as professionals.


  6. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Texas Department of State Health Services full-time

    Pros

    Lots more f different area of health care to choose from. If you retire you get free insurance for life plus a pension.

    Cons

    Few employees are allowed to telework.


  7. "Program Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible scheduling options

    Cons

    Negative work environment, coworkers resistance to change

    Advice to Management

    Incentive programs are needed

  8. "DSHS is Slow and Steady"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Texas Department of State Health Services full-time

    Pros

    job security, decent benefits, lots of paid holiday (state holidays are great) good place to gain experience and great place to retire from

    Cons

    small budget, no raises ever, pay is not competitve


  9. "Direct support staff"

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    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Texas Department of State Health Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and you will love your patients and residents

    Cons

    Staff is very set in their ways. They do not like people that are new, and do not welcome new staff easily, campus wide.

    Advice to Management

    Better check out your supervisors. You trust people that have been there too long and just assume that they are telling you the truth about what is really going on there with the patients. Put all elder staff that where there for the days of abuse and neglect through retraining. Including how to interact with new staff.


  10. "Volatile leadership"

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    Current Employee - PSIII in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - PSIII in Arlington, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Department of State Health Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ample vacation leave. Many holidays. Most peers are very nice. Very little requirement to work after hours. Patience are very nice

    Cons

    Managers are punitive. No business management or business leadership education or experience. Very ego invested in being "the boss". Actually say "because I said so". Instead of providing enough training or information to make the staff understand.

    Advice to Management

    Constant turn over is an indication of the poor leadership.


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