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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  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. "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...


  7. "Park Ranger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for travel, relocation etc. Decent pay for workload.

    Cons

    Not much career ladder.

  8. "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.


  9. "Fish/Wildlife Technician"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, overall good co-workers, nice work environment

    Cons

    lots of politics, varying work schedule, not much communication with other state offices


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Program Specialist VI"

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission and wonderful staff. Flexible work shifts in many areas. Some Directors allow telework one or more days a week.

    Cons

    Communication is terrible. Management doesn't share important information in a timely manner.


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