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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant III"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    TPWD gave me a great opportunity to help people with meeting their outdoor activity requirements. I enjoyed my daily contact with customers on the phone helping them. I also enjoyed working with the hundreds of volunteers that work for TPWD. My coworkers were amazing. The management was great. Working conditions were really good.

    Cons

    Salaries are not up to industry standard, mostly because of State budget restrictions. (or so they say) They don't have an employee ombudsman. There Human Relations Team were nice but really had the company's best interest at heart and not the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to employees and less to middle management. My former manager told his manager that he approved of me and my work. He did not like me or my work and was daily behaving as though I should be looking for another job. His disapproval eventually effected my performance and health. The health issues that resulted from this constant state of self-reproach (thinking I was doing something wrong or could do something better) caused excessive absences . I believe that I could have done a better job if upper management had listened to me and helped me to find a better position in the organization away from the supervisor I had.


  2. "Custodian"

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    Current Employee - Park Ranger in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Park Ranger in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good pay is great for me. People i work with are amazing

    Cons

    Management needs to be gone. They are control freaks and always pointing out negative instead of positive. They don't like people with an opinion. Loss of lots of good employees moral is low

    Advice to Management

    Fix this. What have y'all done to what was the best department ever

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service
    Former Employee - Customer Service
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful work location, great park visitors.

    Cons

    Low pay, difficult to get rid of bad managers/employees.

    Advice to Management

    For remote locations, reserve housing for lower wage employees instead of those who make the most money.


  4. "clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    it was a really good time

    Cons

    i liked everything about it


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good ole boys club only"

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT Support in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People in other departments are friendly. That's pretty much it.

    Cons

    This place/department is a toxic place for women, anyone who isn't a good ole boy or someone with disabilities.

    If you're a woman it seems like your Invisible and the conversations the men in the dept can be inappropriate.
    I had high hopes when I got this position but as it went on I felt like I was nothing just a machine.
    The job description was false and when you couldn't meet the task (that was never mentioned before) they let you go. They have no consideration for woman or people with disabilities.
    If I could name the person who needs management training I would to help future applicants.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people the way you want to be treated. Make them feel welcome or at least show them the bathroom. If you're going to use the excuse that you're too busy don't spend an hour a day talking about politics, pop culture, etc. Obviously you aren't that busy to at least say Hello.
    Don't set people up for failure, be honest with your job posting instead of tricking people and letting them go when they aren't prepared or able to complete task not listed or agreed on during the interview.


  6. "Mission worth supporting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hard working folks who are passionate about the state parks system.

    Cons

    Office space is limited in headquarter office. Tiny cubicles.


  7. "Great Mission, Poor Accountability"

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

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is great! Great benefits.

    Cons

    Older staff and lots of loss of institutional knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Department mission of resource and wildlife management

    Cons

    Lack of innovation, professionalism, and inclusion. Confederate work culture.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and State Retirement

    Cons

    Not much cross training for other divisions, Micro managed, No lateral movement

    Advice to Management

    Open the doors for employees to move up from positions and able move from one division to another


  10. "Customer Service Rep II"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Goliad, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Goliad, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, pay is good and the work is fun. Meet lots of different people.

    Cons

    Would have loved more hours to get benefits. Also they deduct Retire $$ out of PT employees pay checks, PT employees don't make a whole lot of money and should only pay into a retirement if they become FT employees.


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