Microbiologist (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – March 20, 2018
It is very difficult to move up in this organization, but it does make for a good starting point in your career. Departments are not collaborative, and it makes for an unfriendly, exclusionary environment.
Psychiatric Nurse Assistant Supervisor III (Former Employee) – Harlingen, TX – February 7, 2018
It was a great experience. get to work with people that are in need and get to be a great impact in their lives. the hardest part was when a patient would get a behavior and you had to take them down so they do not harm other patients or themselves. the most enjoyable was when the patients thanked you or just gave you a smile.
Some departments are fast paced and others are slow or work is depended on the season. Management is also dependent in the area you are working. They range from a micromanager to an understanding and great manager.
Public Health Prevention Specialist (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – October 16, 2017
It's what you make of it. Great place to get experience but don't get complacent. Some staff are disgruntle, but are nice and helpful. If you keep to yourself and not get dragged into the office drama you should be good.
Benefits, time off
No raises, if you get promoted, only a possible 7% raise even if position pays more than that to someone new coming into the company
PHP Investigator Specialist III (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – September 19, 2017
I have one of the best supervisors in the planet however, there is little room for advancement and non-competitive pay. People who work for the state work here forever, so there is little room for advancement.
Great benefits with decent pay, howevever, the environment is so different and inadequently managed. My current manager has zero managerial experience
Public Health & Prevention Specialst III (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – September 10, 2017
Typical work day requires sitting in meetings that are very unproductive and pointless because management does what they want to do regardless of any input from the subject matter expertise. I have learned that it is best to just show up and do what is asked without questioning; any disagreement or providing input that is different than what management is providing is frowned upon and viewed as being insubordinate. Management at the area I worked lacks the experience and has zero managerial experience; doesn't seek to improve or even educate self on the program's laws, mission, vision, and over purpose. There has been a lot of issues with management taking advantage of their "power" and retaliation against staff based on personal feelings. The hardest part of the job is to show up and do honest work and maintain genuine working relationships with customers when management asked you to intentionally misinform the public to mask their inadequacies. It is actually quite a stressful and miserable workplace culture if you become to involved with your work assignments, however, if you do exactly what management wants without question you are okay. The nest part of this job is the benefits and the decent compensation that is provided; that is the ONLY reason to stay with this organization.
Poor Management; stressful work environment; lack of respect
The forensic state hospital setting is an all encompassing place to work; from being on a multidisciplinary treatment team, conducting research, group and individual therapies, conducting risk assessments, competency evaluations, and being on committees.