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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Reviews

Updated May 5, 2017
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  1. "worst company I ever worked for"

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    Current Employee - Non-Management in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Non-Management in Corpus Christi, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of holidays to take off,if they let you

    Cons

    Just a good old boys club,I have worked in several parks and wildlife departments and Texas Parks and Wildlife is the worst and the most unprofessional I have ever worked for. Never seen the level of corruption I have seen in Texas Parks

    Advice to Management

    GET RID OF YOUR GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB, fire some of your management problems and make them accountable for there actions instead of covering up for there incompetence and unprofessional attitudes and comments.


  2. "Good ole boys club"

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    Former Employee - Park Ranger
    Former Employee - Park Ranger
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits and paid holidays, vacation and sick leave

    Cons

    Low pay for everyone. If you aren't a good ole boy you won't have the same opportunities or recognition at region or state level.

    Advice to Management

    tell the truth and be open to people who are different than you


  3. Helpful (1)

    "I wish I could have done more."

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    Current Employee - CSRI
    Current Employee - CSRI
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved having the opportunity to work within an agency that I truly believed in. There were really some magical moments working here, seeing the wildlife, and learning with the customers about the area and wildlife. I only wish I could have done more for the agency. The benefits are great, although they are the same in any Texas state agency. The customers were mostly pleasant to talk to and serve, they really appreciate the park and are genuinely concerned with its progress and well-being. TPWD deserves more love and more funding, and sadly it gets so little.

    Cons

    I am in a situation where I love the agency but dislike the capacity I work in. The pay is well below average. As a part time employee I make peanuts. I had hoped this position would be a way to get my foot in the door, but advancement has proven very difficult. People have been in the same positions for 20 years. Diversity is lacking, and roles appear to pertain to gender. There is a lack of new growth and ideas, and funding is slim.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees a chance to grow, if they are willing to take it.


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  5. "ups and downs"

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

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

    Pros

    I truly believe in our mission and feel that state parks are incredibly important. Get to work in beautiful areas of TX. Good benefits - employees premium covered 100%. opportunities to relocate and transfer are available and easy to make a life change/move without leaving the agency and having to start over somewhere else

    Cons

    communication across the tiers of leadership is poor and could be improved. politics. some retirement age managers/supervisors need to go - they are just hindering progression of the sites and the agency as a whole with their tired "i'm so close to retirement that i don't want to do anything" attitudes

    Advice to Management

    be open to new ideas. improve communication at all levels. the supervisors to field staff that are out of regional locations or HQs need to be more on top of their employees, even if that means more traveling


  6. Helpful (1)

    "I had fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    have fun saving the world

    Cons

    Lack of diversity gets lonely


  7. "Park Police Officer"

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

    I worked at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work in a park environment. Great if you like the outdoors. Texas state parks are usually top notch.

    Cons

    Minimal refresher training for park law enforcement. Actually quite dangerous if an extreme situation occurred. Most state parks have infrequent criminal activity so it is easy for park police officers to become lax in their skills and the administration claims they are unable to schedule retraining sessions though they can hold fitness and firearms qualifications twice a year.

    Advice to Management

    schedule retraining clinics on scenarios at least every 2 years


  8. "Great job, lackluster personalities."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You will most likely get paid for spending time outdoors, yes it's work but there are a lot worse things you could be doing 8-9 hours a day.

    Cons

    This job, or at least the park I worked at and other parks I visited while working with TPWD seemed to attract people who loved to gossip, trash talk others behind their backs and be generally lazy. There are exceptions, don't get me wrong, but the majority of TPWD Rangers, admin staff etc were complacent in their positions because it is quite difficult to be let go from this type of govt. position.

    Advice to Management

    The firing process needs to be revamped. There were park staff that would do whatever it took to do nothing at all. These staff members aren't the norm, they do however impact the culture of the department and the overall picture.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Inferior Management - Poor Senior Leadership - Disregard for Employees"

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

    I worked at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department full-time

    Pros

    Healthcare Benefits.

    People in the field offices are the best to work with and appreciate any help they can receive (Parks, Fisheries, Law Enforcement, etc.)

    This agency is terribly underfunded by the state and is essentially the "step child" agency tolerated by state politicians who could care less about the work of the agency. TPWD is never appreciated in state politics and unfortunately the leadership team lacks the insight, courage, and skill to rectify the situation.

    Cons

    The salaries for both administrative and science related jobs (biologists with MS or PhD) are very, very low since the agency is poorly funded by the state. Other state agencies including the City of Austin pay much better. On average salaries are 20% to 30% below average at TPWD. Private industry pays much better as does the Federal Government for identical jobs.

    Senior leaders (Directors and Deputy Directors) are paid well and generally in the $100 K and above range. Salaries are public and can be researched easily.

    Applicants should know there is a huge disparity in senior level leader salaries (high pay) and those who actually do the work in the field offices (low pay). Senior leadership has no desire to address the issue. Headquarters leaders lack understanding of field issues unless they worked there prior to promotion to Austin.

    Diversity is non-existent and TPWD talks a good game but doesn't support it behind the scenes. African-Americans make up less than .05% of the workforce. Hispanics are much higher but are discriminated against by older white males in leadership. Women do not advance and are treated poorly by a very male dominated old school leadership group who cares little for their employees.

    Entirely abscent are: 1) acceptance of new ideas offered by younger employees; 2) innovation of any kind; 3) respect for individual differences; 4) work life balance; 5) pay equity; 6) community and diversity; 7) advancement.

    Gays and lesbians are treated very poorly here and should not seek employment at this agency.

    Employees who make mistakes are quickly fired while those with long track records of misconduct are left alone. Senior leaders have been caught in misconduct but never punished (pornography and sexual advancements). The Human Resources department is a total joke and has little skill or courage to challenge senior leaders on these issues. The HR department is headed up a former USAF officer who is completely incompetent and a "yes man" who seeks a second pension and won't rock the boat. The Employee Relations group is headed up by an arrogant former City of Austin employee who manipulates situations to serve himself at the expense of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, address the tough issues, and be leaders. Stop protecting yourself and your pensions and salaries and do the right thing rather than serving your own needs at the expense of your employees. Stop disciplining and firing employees using policies that you yourself abuse continuously. You are an embarrassment to the state and personally I think the State of Texas would be better if they simply swept the agency clean of its senior leaders. I do not recommend anyone work for this agency.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "pros and cons"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. "Great place and great mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    If you believe that Life's Better outside, then this is the place to work. What other occupation encourages you to hunt, fish and recreate outdoors as often as possible??

    Cons

    It is a State agency...


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