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producitive
Mail Handler (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 15, 2018
Productive work environment, fast pace. Great advancement opportunities. Poor management. Great vacation and sick leave. Poor management. Hardest part of job is a lot of information.
Pros
Laid back
Cons
Poor managment
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challenging. new management lacks direction and communication skills
Program Improvement Manager/Assistant Director (Current Employee) –  TexasMay 7, 2018
new management lacks direction and communication skills. too many barriers and communication is very compartmentalized. challenging day is good but leadership is sorely lacking.
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Employees not given a fair chance for advance
Administrative Assistant IV (Former Employee) –  Austin, TX 78756March 29, 2018
Advancement not based on skills and knowledge but who was most liked. Employees are not appreciated but replaceable. The duties exceed the pay. Lots of multi-tasking.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
No advancement
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A bit stilted
Microbiologist (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMarch 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.
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Working
Psychiatric Nurse Assistant Supervisor III (Former Employee) –  Harlingen, TXFebruary 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.
Pros
paid time off
Cons
short lunch breaks-30 minutes
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Work depends on the department you are in
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXDecember 2, 2017
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.
Pros
work hours
Cons
Low pay, very little pay raises
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Productive
Administrative Assistant/Patient Quality Care (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 8, 2017
Answered calls
Entered investigation into VERSA
Enter facilities into ALL-Site (Sharepoint)
General office practices
Reserved conference rooms for meetings
Ordered Supplies
Pros
monthly leave
Cons
High rates for employee insurance
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Excellent to work with
Front Line Supervisor (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXOctober 23, 2017
Good incentives, good environment to work with, learned a lot about multitasking and assisting. Good team efforts and professionalism. Learned about many counties.
Pros
good travel pay rates
Cons
long hours
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Great place to start and get experience
Public Health Prevention Specialist (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXOctober 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.
Pros
Benefits, time off
Cons
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
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Working for WIC
Program Specialist I (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 7, 2017
WIC can be a very heartwarming position. The people are great and my recent managers I love much. The Dept. is constantly growing with more opportunities to help support the clients of Texas.
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Great Job security
PHP Investigator Specialist III (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXSeptember 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.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
low pay
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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, TXSeptember 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.
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Benefits
Cons
Poor Management; stressful work environment; lack of respect
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Poor management
Data Entry Operator II (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 31, 2017
Since I have left they have had major upper management changes so don't know from personal experience what the work environment is like. But hear from friends still there that it hasn't improved much.
Pros
Good health care benefits
Cons
Way to stressful.
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Great Culture
Epidemiolgist (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 24, 2017
The best team of co-workers I've ever worked with. All display a passion and common vision towards addressing infectious diseases. There was never a dull day.
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Good
Medical Technologist III (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 23, 2017
Relaxed, benefits, slow paced, vacation paid, limited advancement opportunities, job security, good work/home balance, great team, retirement benefits.
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State Agency-lots of benefits
Content Editor (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 3, 2017
Work-life balance is important here and it makes it a good place to work for most people. It's quiet, there's always something to do, and people try to make it fun.
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workplace
Admin Assistant (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJuly 24, 2017
Its a stable job with good benefits, its not hard work and does become reparative at times. There is not much growth opportunities. You pretty much do the same thing everyday.
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State Work Varies; your experience may vary as well.
Manager (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJuly 11, 2017
It's a state job; different departments are wildly different depending on funding.

Bureaucracy is very high and resources are limited.

Currently they are moving towards limited telework days for some eligible employees.

The entire organization is reorganizing so there's a bit of flux in 2017-2018.
Pros
Your day starts and ends on time. Very few weekend/OT requirements
Cons
It is bureaucratic and can be very frustrating to get things moving.
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Diverse work environment
Data Entry Operator/QC (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 17, 2017
Enjoyed working in Data Entry in QC Unit but the cliques were tiresome to deal with when favoritism was being shown and allowances were being given to "favorite" people.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Cliques and monthly pay schedule
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Forensic Hospital
Licensed Psychologist (Current Employee) –  Kerrville, TXApril 27, 2017
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.
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