Assistant Director-Finance and Administration (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – October 9, 2017
The name does not clearly indicate what this State of Texas government agency does now, but they are primarily involved in the regulation of the Oil and Gas industry, natural gas, and alternative fuels.
Mapping Specialist I (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – October 5, 2017
Good place to work due to the stability. Agency is self-funded for the most part so it kinda helps with the job security. You really have to mess up bad to get fired especially if you are not in upper level management. The commissioners are career politicians so sometimes you just gotta close your ears to the politics and do your job.
free health insurance for employees, paid vacations and sick leaves, stability
Lack of career advancement, workplace politics, low pay compared to industry, Upper management lack of touch with lower level employee
For the most part management is pretty hands off. The pay is not great, but the benefits can't be beat. This is a good place to get regulatory experience and to get started in the oil and gas industry.
Good place to learn oil field regulation and operations
Engineering Specialist II (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – February 26, 2017
A typical Day at work involves answering e-mails, communicating with Management, setting goals and objectives for the day and week, updating and reporting progress on long term projects, fielding several calls from operators and concerned citizens, participating in and conducting several engineering reviews for all verities of upstream drilling, competitions, and operational situations, filling out forms, planning and executing activities for abandon and orphan well cleanup sites. Participating in regular and unscheduled meetings. Directing inspection staff in the field and occasional participating in field work. One day a week and one weekend a month as a member of the technical staff we take after hours call.
I've learned about and had direct involvement in the execution of nearly all aspects of upstream oil and gas field regulatory framework, I've had to think on my feet, and produce accurate calculations and drawings in support of routine and emergency engineering and operational situations that come up in the upstream oil field at all hours of the day and night. Including drilling, plugging, disposal, UIC, operations, cavern storage, transport, remediation, emergency response, permitting, and compliance and enforcement.
Management is professional and supportive and sets reasonable goals and objectives given priorities and political constraints
The hardest part of the job is the limited budgets and bureaucratic constraints
The most enjoyable part of the job is working with seasoned professionals and having a seat at the table for dealing with the most challengingmore... technical and regulatory issues that arise in the upstream oil field. Houston is a very diverse, challenging, and busy district.less
With budget constraints and the State of Texas and elected state commissioners running to show, did not leave much error in annual budgets and so they did not have the best in office amenities. Employees created there own moral whether it was good or bad. Most of the staff at that time got along very well, this was due to a great director who ran the Midland office.
Never were subject to layoff rumors, so you did your duty and put your time in for the day and assisted.
Not much hope in pay since the legislators always had the last say....
Field Engineer Specialist I (Current Employee) – Austin Texas – June 21, 2015
O&G Field Ops - RRC is a great place for the family person. Most days are 8-5. Work is rarely too rough. Great on field history of oil and gas sector in Texas. Can be very political. Management depends on which district office you work in .
I absolutely love working for the Railroad Commission! There is never a dull day and you always have something to work on. My only complaint is that the pay is not so good, but thats what you get when you work for the state.
It was an enjoyable workplace until they had a change in management.
Administrative Technician II (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – February 3, 2015
A typical day at work was enjoyable because I learned new aspects of the job daily because I worked with the director of the department. I learned the rules, regulations and safety measures that had to be taken while working with Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Compressed Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas. I enjoyed working with the management team, because I learned so much from them. My co-workers were okay and lot of them disliked me because I worked with management, but I looked at it like this, they had the same opportunity to apply for the job just like I did. The hardest part of the job was being was understanding why my co-workers did not like me. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with the director, learning the rules and regulations and being a to keep busy. I enjoyed my job so much I would bring work home.
Enjoyed working with the director and learning new things.
Engineering Specialist I (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – January 26, 2015
I love the job, but when the oil industry is not thriving, neither are we. With the falling prices of oil, drilling has slowed, and so has the work. Our compensation is tied to special legislative sessions, so we are never sure if there will be an increase or not. There is some red tape. Raises and merit pay is almost non-existent. The environment is great. I love my bosses, just wish there was better compensation.
deadline-driven, offering a superior work ethic, great attention to detail, and excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, time-managemen
Engineer Technician III (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – December 28, 2013
It was a wonderful place to work closely with engineers and other administrative technicians. We worked hard to meet deadlines each month. We were a team who worked together to accomplish our goals and solve problems. The challenges we faced each day by facing demands of the Oil and Gas industry were not easy. But we prided ourselves in trying to satisfy the expectations of each customer. We worked hard and celebrated our accomplishments together as a team. I learned as a team leader, that the secret in leading is acknowledging and standing up for the teams needs, and supplying enough support to meet their needs.