Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Reviews

Updated 24 February 2015
Updated 24 February 2015
58 Reviews
3.2
58 Reviews
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Richard A. Hyde
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This is a great job for those who have families as they give you plenty time off and the work-life balance is pretty awesome (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits, especially for a single individual (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, they waste money, training for your job can be substandard (in 8 reviews)

  • Pay is low in respect to private sector, too much politics/bureacracy (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    You could do worse than TCEQ.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Quality Program Specialist in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Air Quality Program Specialist in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of PhD's, engineers, geologists, meteorologists, etc make for a professional atmosphere. Many have been there a long time. Upper management generally treat employees with respect. I have worked at other state agencies and TCEQ is one of the better ones. Work can be interesting.

    Cons

    TCEQ has a policy that when someone leaves a job (say a Planner IV), the posted job announcement automatically reverts to lowest level (Planner)I. Exceptions to this policy are not common. Once you get in (making 36,000-40,000) they try to get your salary up, and since it's a big agency there are other jobs to apply for that are only open to current employees. My supervisor was a screamer, nit picker, played favorites. Most supervisors weren't that bad (unlucky me). Beginning pay is shamefully low. If you travel for your job, you have to spend your own money and wait 2-4 weeks to get reimbursed. That is common in all state agencies, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher salaries!

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great place to start a career with coworkers that are almost always nice, not something I'm interesting in staying at.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Permit Specialist in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Environmental Permit Specialist in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits starting out are great, health insurance, paid annual and sick leave and comp time if you work the "skeleton crew" days. Most coworkers are respectful and friendly, and want you to develop both personally and professionally. Easily get pay raises just by sticking around year after year, especially if you are on the "career ladder" progression.

    Cons

    Specific coworkers are disrespectful and it makes for a very stressful work environment. The work that I'm in charge of also has to be seen by several different teams, so if one team takes a lot longer than others then things can take a while, and I get bored. Not the best situation for someone who has just graduated college and wants to work in a more fast paced environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you know that several people are having an issue with one team member, do something about it. The "Oh, that's just how so-and-so is" mentality doesn't help a team work together or respect one another, and only leads to animosity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good place to work, very routine and most of the time stress free.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

    Pros

    Stability, job security. Great paid holidays and vacation time

    Cons

    Upper management ignores your concerns, they need to be more in tune with their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Experience at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Loved working here as in Intern. Really got a great team to work with.

    Cons

    It being a government as we all know the pay level is low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Its a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

    Pros

    Family oriented, very casual, no micromanaging, you can be independent yet in a group setting

    Cons

    Too much driving in some programs, too much work for little money. Could use more administrative staff they are loaded with work. Favoritism in few occasions but that's just work environment...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think for higher effectiveness, people should not be overloaded with work. Higher more people, higher more amin people, have a relationship with all the workers not just a certain few

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A place to get experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can have opportunities to take classes. It's secure. Good work life/balance.

    Cons

    Low pay, they waste money, training for your job can be substandard. Advancement can be hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Permit Specialist IV in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Environmental Permit Specialist IV in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working at TCEQ is not a bad place to start. You will get to work with a diverse group of people who are passionate about their jobs. You will learn a great deal about your field and how it is regulated. Benefits include being able to use vacation time when you want and you get plenty of holidays.

    Cons

    State workers are not paid very much. Working at TCEQ is not for the staunch environmentalist. We merely interpret rules and permit facilities to ensure they are in compliance with requirements. Management is disconnected from the "people on the ground". In fact some people management are just down right rude and ineffective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay us more and quit wasting $. Make decisions that make sense! Don't set us up to fail. Moral is a problem here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Employees and Responsibility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of independence, wasn't micro-managed
    My supervisor was excellent, had an abundance of knowledge
    Very educated professionals, almost everyone was an engineer

    Cons

    It is very difficult to actually learn everything in a concise way. You have to go out of your way to bug really busy people to try and figure out things. There needs to be way more training and education for interns/new employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stop micro-managing your team leaders, they are competent and care about their teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    None .... From what I can tell, besides maybe the benefits these people get for working for the state of Texas.

    Cons

    Everything that I listed above. And I you try to call these people they act like you are interrupting their whole day. Heaven forbid you ask them to get something done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing good ol boy so work can actually get done.

    Disapproves of CEO

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