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Updated November 17, 2017
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  1. 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.


  2. "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

  3. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Producer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Contract Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, holidays, etc. Work is very interesting with different projects changing constantly.

    Cons

    Very low salary compared to other state agencies. Work load was tremendous for under staffed employees.


  5. "8 years experiences"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Scientist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    good place to work, easy job, nice manager and nice colleague

    Cons

    low salary, noisy work environment, bad air conditioner, small restroom

    Advice to Management

    be open minded


  6. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "The best work that I've ever done; the worst professional decision that I've ever made...."

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    Former Employee - Program Administrator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Program Administrator in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the most fulfilling opportunities to make a positive impact on one's home.

    Cons

    Employment guarantees one to leave the functional business market forever, become a highly qualified "blacksmith" in a robotic age. Prepare to be left destitute in old age.

    Advice to Management

    Shame on you for having such little dedication to those employed that have given so much in service to the constituents of the great state of Texas.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "TPWD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice looking environment for office location

    Cons

    Ultra severe discrimination against women and people of color. Women are forced to act sexually available or they do not advance. TPWD wildlife Div tends to hire ONLY attractive women. Women are expected to act afraid of male management. Any objection to any of this treatment will get you fired. Treatment of people of color and the one gay woman was horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Enter this century, This is not the 1940s, Diversity is here to stay and you will eventually be sued. Your management style is profoundly backward and behind the times


  10. "No chance for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with,

    Cons

    Not a place to work if you have ambition

    Advice to Management

    Select middle managers based on more than tenure.


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