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Updated Jul 22, 2014

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3.1 43 reviews

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Richard A. Hyde

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to learn

    Modeling and Assessment Specialist (Current Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsYou can learn a lot here and the company is willing to invest in training classes to improve your skills. You also get the opportunity to work with some very smart people who are willing to teach what they know. 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. There is a stress-free environment and the job is pretty secure while offering many incentives for your longevity. Team Leader's managing styles vary, so depending on your manager this can be an absolutely wonderful job.

    ConsPay is nearly half of those in the private industry and the latter is a very slow climb. Because the job is secure you may end up working with those who do the bare minimum to get by. Don't expect any financial recognition for your hard work or any extra effort your put into your work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the presence of incentives, many employees don't put much effort into their work because it makes no difference in their pay or in the security of their job. The yearly performance reviews which are used to grade an employee for consideration on a raise is not a sufficient evaluation as you can only exceed, met or need improvement. Also from the time of your review and the time you receive a raise can sometimes take a year and you'll only get about a 3.5% increase in pay whether you met or exceeded expectations, which is not good enough if they want to keep their employees happy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Starting Job

    Environmental Investigator II (Current Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsThis is my first full time job out of college and it is a good place to start. My coworkers are extremely nice and helpful and have been guiding me along with my training. The company itself has good training opportunities as well as the ability to get time off. The state offers pretty random holidays that you can acrue and use at your convenience. The benefits are decent as well and there is a sense of good job security.

    ConsThe pay is far too little. Some of the positions involve pretty technical work and you would receive much more money for the same job working in the private sector.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is amazing and does well for the state in regards to keeping the place clean for future generations. My advice is to compensate your workers a little better so that they will continue to keep Texas clean and safe for all upcoming youth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall a good place to work. Decent career or nice place to obtain some experience.

    Environmental Investigator (Current Employee)

    ProsI have a family so by far the biggest reason to stay is the time off and ability and flexibility to make the work-life balance happen.
    Retirement and health insurance are nice.
    Pretty good training opportunities.

    ConsManagement from top to bottom, with a few exceptions, is very lacking. VERY MUCH a good ole boy system. Either political favorites (favors) or those employees that have been there the longest get promoted and raises. Not much put into selecting the best qualified. Makes for a disturbing and strained boss-employee relationship.
    Salary is very stagnant, especaially after a few years when you reach the top of the career ladder.
    Many decisions are made to appease industry that is politically connected. Very unethical at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementForget trying to appease people and do the right thing. Conflict is our business. Lets just make it righteous conflict instead of trying to avoid doing our job as an agency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Low stress, low pay, and limited growth.

    Environmental Investigator III (Former Employee) Fort Worth, TX (US)

    ProsGain experience and receive valuable training. Plenty of vacation time. Great benefits, especially for a single individual

    ConsLow pay. Limited room for growth. Advancement relies on tenure to an extent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore practical and pragmatic management and policy, less bureaucracy and pandering.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great first job

    Environmental Permit Specialist I (Current Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsVery friendly work environment. There are a lot of learning opportunities and you are constantly learning about new regulatory rules on the job. Vacation is easily accommodated and available and the benefits are great . 40 hour work weeks

    ConsLow pay. Gets slow at times. People are always moving around to different positions or leaving.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intern at Region 6

    Intern (Former Employee) El Paso, TX (US)

    ProsLearned about the different groups (Air, Water, and Waste) and all the required permits for an entity to operate. Lots of travel to different sites and see things first hand. Really got to do work as a regular full time employee. Though I was an intern, I was able to conduct investigations and write reports. The employees were great and always willing to help.

    ConsSmall office and slow at times. Really easy to fall behind and have work pile up if not up to day with things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA little more involvement in the day to day agenda of the interns.

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    A Sham!!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsI really don't have anything positive to say. Get holidays off that no one has never heard of.

    ConsPay is low in respect to private sector, too much politics/bureacracy. Leave science as it is "Science". Employees accumulate sick leave/comp-time, and vacation but get the third degree to use it.
     No work/life balance at all. Raises, if you buddy buddy with management you will get one.
    EXTREMELY high turn-over rate for a technical position.
     If you are an engineer trying to challenge yourself along with pay, this is not the place my friend. Your feelings will be hurt.
    Career ladder- Stagnant.
    The best of them all: To do work outside your job description at a higher carrer ladder level, yet getting paid at a lower level. That trumps it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncompetent management. Employees getting their management position on default. Not good. Mid to Upper management have no clue. Needs to pay a little more attention to lower level management.
    ATTITUDE reflects LEADERSHIP.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My experience is neutral at this point in my career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI am neutral on this particular pros.

    ConsI am neutral on this particular con.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    TCEQ

    IT Project Manager (Former Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsIt's not located downtown so you don't have to contend with traffic as much. Overall, not a bad place to work.

    ConsCan't think of anything negative to say. It's no better or worse than any other state agency.

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    For a young attorney looking to get good experience, you will have the opportunity to work on interesting cases.

    Staff Attorney (Current Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsVacation and health benefits are great. You have a set work schedule and for the most part, your work hours can be very flexible.

    ConsPay increases are based on promitions and are not merit based. You are only considered for a promotion every 1 year and 6 months. This is a long time for a salary increase. There are very few opportunities to move into management roles or other positions within the agency.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease salaries or provide merit based bonuses. Decrease the length of time to reach the next salary level from 1 year and 6 months to 1 year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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