Pros: Great Work/Life Balance, Good Benefits, Pension Plan
Cons: Limited Upward Mobility, Less Than Stellar Pay
TxDPS is, as I would imagine, like any other state agency. They are really great about giving you a steady 40hr. work week, so that you can be home on the weekends, and you don't have to worry about working overtime. Also, the state has very good benefits in the form of astronomical amounts of paid vacation and sick leave, 401k, pension funds, etc. Where I find DPS lacking though is in the areas of monetary compensation and opportunities to advance. You're never going to be rich working for DPS, as is the same for most any state agency. They pay you decently, but there is a lot of room for improvement. When it comes to advancement, don't get me wrong, you can move up in DPS (as my 3 positions in less than 3 years can attest to), but any upward mobility is severely restricted to your ability to break into management. If you're not looking to become a supervisor/manager, or have no supervisory experience, you'll be hard pressed to make a career at DPS that will be enjoyable long term.