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Texas Water Development Board Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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  1. "TWDB"

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    Former Employee - Financial Examiner in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Examiner in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Texas Water Development Board part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people. Interesting and useful work.

    Cons

    Needs more organization and better infrastructure.


  2. "A government job and all that it implies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Hydrologist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Hydrologist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A good work-life balance that comes with a rigid 8-5 schedule; decent benefits provided by the State; some staff are really smart.

    Cons

    Low salary and no real way to make more in the job; bureaucracy and endless change in how things are done by the management with little communication wasting everyone's time; nepotism - it's a government job after all

    Advice to Management

    As if they're listening!


  3. "Engineering Reviewer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Board- Engineering Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Board- Engineering Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awsome chance to use engineering and personal skills to improve the quality of life of Texans.

    Cons

    Low salary, All management is new... No memory of what or how or why things were done in the past, will have to re-do, re-invent.

    Advice to Management

    Re-hire some of the former employees, keep and incentivize current employees.


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  5. "Good Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Regular work schedule and lots of vacation time.

    Cons

    Upper management does not value engineering, and little opportunity for internal growth.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "I have experienced growth and development at the TWDB"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Administrator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Administrator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are wish and needs, TWDB allows me to get all my needs covered, and some of my wishes granted.

    Cons

    The work is very interesting, but can get stressful at times, especially when meeting with legislative rules and deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Unethical execs make it hard to work here, especially if you're a woman"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many smart people at the line-staff level, as well as many who sincerely care about their jobs and the impact of the agency on Texans.

    Cons

    Executive management is a disgrace. Chairman Rubinstein is as unethical and slimy as they come. The former Chief Deputy Executive Administrator was handed the position because he's a personal friend of Rubinstein. Just months after he was hired, he was forced to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment, although only because legal action was threatened. If it was just a single complaint, they would have turned a blind eye. Executive management let him leave with dignity and even had the gall to send out an apologetic e-mail expressing their sadness over his departure. Although he was a friend of Rubinstein, all three of the Board members were aware of his track record (not the first time he'd been let go because of sexual harassment...seriously), and did nothing. They are all complicit.

    If you're a woman, steer clear of the TWDB. Sexual harassment is condoned, ethics are lacking, and execs are more concerned with their political future than they are with providing affordable water infrastructure for the citizens of Texas. I'm afraid of the upcoming legislative session.

    Advice to Management

    This is a small agency and news travels fast. There's really nothing that can be done to reverse the disgusting impression you've left on everyone.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Highly political and repressive environment which rewards connections to the Governors Office and little else."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The staff (other than executive management) is highly professional and hard working. Water Planning, financing and water science along with collection and dissemination are key programs. Many smart people who care about the future of Texas work here.

    Cons

    Stifling and repressive environment of fear and retribution. Executive management is either from TCEQ or the Governors Office with little if any institutional knowledge of the agency or its programs. They are spoiled, self-serving and entitled; basically the opposite of public servants. The demands they place on staff are entirely unreasonable and stressful. It would be funny except that the opportunity to invoke their anger and retribution lurks at every turn. If you don't march in lock step you're either fired or forced out.

    Advice to Management

    Come out of your ivory tower and get a grip on the toxic environment that has been fostered since the reorganization. Your constantly shifting demands and lack of clarity and understanding of what it takes to get the job done is burning out staff. Soon you'll be left only with those who aren't able to quit. Also cut the atmosphere that exists in executive management which fosters sexual innuendo and devalues women. The emperor has no clothes. ( P.S. This view is very widely held.)


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Mundane"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people working for the agency.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, C-Level turnover. At the whim of the Legislature.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Worst ran place I have ever heard of."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Water Development Board full-time

    Pros

    You will make good friends with your coworkers, in much the same way soldiers in a fox hole become brothers.

    Cons

    If you speak out against senior management, even in the hallway - you will be fired or "encouraged" to quit. Executive management each make six figures except for the female directors who make $90,000. Management cannot be trusted - announced no one would be fired during the reorganization then subsequently fired or urged many people to retire. There is no such thing as "Corporate Values." 10% of the agency does 99% of the work. Only way to survive is to be a "Yes-Man." Management announced bonuses and raises but then gave them to themselves!

    Advice to Management

    Keep your word. Spend less money on yourselves.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Ok, think about working at another state agency"

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

    I worked at Texas Water Development Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not many that I saw

    Cons

    Too much office politics, not much opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Keep the people that are working.


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