Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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Updated 9 April 2015
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Richard A. Hyde
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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. Investigator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn, good training, positive work environment

    Cons

    Low pay compared to similar jobs

  2. Too bad you don't get out of it what you put into it

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    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator
    Current Employee - Environmental Investigator

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to a wide range of environmental issues, flexible work schedule, and lax work environment as long as you get your work done.

    Cons

    The current anti-government state government has severely limited pay increases and refuses to make cost of living adjustments around the state. This has led to high turnover in larger regions where more business is (Houston, Austin, and DFW areas) resulting in a benefit to businesses and detriment to affected residents by having less experienced investigators. There is also limited to no possibility for advancement once you have been there more than a few years. Employees who have 12-15 years of experience typically only make a few thousand more annually than employees with 5-10 years of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Make annual reviews tied to actual pay increases. No one cares to hear how exceptional they were the past year to not receive anything in return other than more work. Have teams actually work on issues as a team rather than just be considered a team if they do the same type of work.

  3. Government job. Steady, reliable, but limited career growth.

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, hard working people. Easy office environment. Consistent field work. Many paid holidays. Lots of sick leave and personal leave that accumulates over time. Decent job training. Good benefits and retirement! Actual science is important.

    Cons

    High level management changes often. Limited advancement opportunities. Regional offices get fewer perks than the central office. Very politics driven. Lots of deadlines and high work load. Some positions have very high turnover. Salaries are stagnant with few opportunities for bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more educational opportunities for staff to increase working and scientific knowledge. Encourage the pursuit of higher degrees and certifications or licenses. Allow for more higher skilled/ higher paid advancement opportunities.

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  5. You could do worse than TCEQ.

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    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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    Higher salaries!

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

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen to your employees

  8. Experience at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  9. Its a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

  10. A place to get experience

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  11. Great place to start a career

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    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)

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

    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 Management

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

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