If you like to think, don't work at HCAD. They reward sheep.
Appraiser (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – June 9, 2018
TCDRS-linked retirement plan, the ONLY thing HCAD can offer to hire and retain employees that actually do any work. The rest--the managers, are part of the club of know-nothings who are literally untouchable, unless someone on the 7th floor recognizes them as a "problem". And for that to happen, it would require #1 or #2 to see it as personal to them. Otherwise, you'd better just quit or swallow your pride, because nothing is going to change.
Outside of the pension, the culture is rotten and filled with talentless bureaucrats bent on their next promotions, rearend-kissing, and double-dealing, back-stabbing, office politics. If you're one of the worker bees with a good work ethic, you'll do fine unless you question something or someone. Then you'll be blackballed and labeled. I've seen it happen many times.
Advice to Management
Stop promoting people based on politics, or whether it insulates you from "diversity" criticism. Promote on merit, and not friendship. HCAD right now has in place a generation of incompetent managers, with overly high opinions of themselves who have never had any management experience whatsoever prior to their internal promotions. It's not what you do that matters; it's whether your bosses see you as a threat to them. This can be interpreted by the insecure as simply asking the right questions, or having an expectation of them to do their jobs. If you have any expectations of your bosses solving something, you're in for some disappointment.
Retirment matching, liberal time-off policies
Inexperienced, incompetent management, lack of talent in leadership roles.