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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  1. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Producer in Austin, TX
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic place to work. The management is down-to-earth. The job is so full of experiences and possibilities to learn. I traveled the state from end to end. I met wonderful wardens, biologists, and specialists in every field you can imagine. There is no way to go wrong here. Not one "Con."

    Cons

    .... except the State pays very little, and everyone wants to work there. But don't give up. There is always room for an excellent worker.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to a perfect management


  2. "Wonderful News Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The team at Texas Parks and Wildlife is wonderful. Everyone comes to work prepared to do their best and works really well together.

    Cons

    Most news employees are expected to be on call 24/7, so they sometimes work odd hours in addition to the standard 8-5 work day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep creating a culture of inspiration and commitment to the organization's mission. This organization only functions because people are passionate about it.

  3. "Love it"

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    Current Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Family Atmosphere,Colleagues, Mission, and Opportunities are great.

    Cons

    As with any gov. org, paperwork could be streamlined but overall it's been a great experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  4. "Loved it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The amount of experienced gain was invaluable. Supervisors have a good habit of actively involving employees with decision making.

    Cons

    Applicant pool is large for few positions. Many positions are temporary or seasonal. Current Employees stay until retirement leaving few positions open.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time

    Pros

    TPWD pays 100% of your insurance for full time employees

    Cons

    salaries are less than in the private sector


  6. "Customer Service Rep II"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Goliad, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Goliad, TX
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    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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "A distinct environment in which to work for the environment."

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    Current Employee - Web Administrator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Web Administrator in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Texas Parks & Wildlife does work few other people do - there are opportunities for biologists, scientists and conservationists that don't exist many other places. There's also a sense of 'family' amongst staff and a pretty laid back atmosphere, compared with other state agencies.

    Cons

    Teamwork is both promoted and necessary - mavericks may get things done, but a bottom-up approach is not usually widely supported. Politics rule many decisions by upper management, so making sure to be well connected is definitely worth the effort.

    Advice to Management

    While state agencies, in general, are known for moving slowly and making politically-based decisions, it's not uncommon for these circumstances to foster complacency and run off critical and innovative thinkers. Though it is a large responsibility for an agency tasked with serving the public and using tax dollars responsibly, few good things can be accomplished without taking some measure of risk.

  8. "A Great Agency"

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    Current Employee - Park Ranger III in Jasper, TX
    Current Employee - Park Ranger III in Jasper, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    State pension, 401k, 457, medical and flex payment, 10-14 paid holidays, 8-10 hrs of vacation and sick leave accrued every month, over-time/comp time, great work environment, potential for advancement

    Cons

    Must work most weekends and holidays


  9. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Austin, TX
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great supervisors. Organizations is really big on family and have several events a year where your family can come and join you at work.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can take a while for a decision to be made. Often times once a decision is made it will be re-visited again and again.

    Advice to Management

    Select the right players to make the decisions and fully support them.


  10. "Love this agency and the work I got to do with them."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people committed to their work. A fun, family-friendly work culture and environment. Excellent benefits and comp time policy. Casual dress code. All the perks of working for a natural resource, recreation and outdoors focused organization.

    Cons

    As is common with government, bureaucracy can be a huge challenge. Funding is determined by the legislature and lower than most state agencies. This impacts salary and opportunities for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline mandated business polices and procedures. Listen to and empower the field and in working together with headquarters. Find ways to better generate revenue and self-fund programs and activities.


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