Texas Education Agency
3.7 out of 5 stars.
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I worked there several years ago so things may have changed but when I worked there the managers and directors were not consistently more competent than the people they managed. That situation does not make for a healthy environment. Hopefully that has changed.
Pros
State benefits!
Cons
Bureaucracy
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Employee Sickness: Toxic workplaces lead to employee burnout, fatigue, and illness due to high levels of stress that wreak havoc on our bodies. If people are calling in sick or worse, are working sick, that's a good sign of a toxic work environment. Narcissistic Leadership: Your higher-ups demand that you always agree with them, tell them they're right, and feel they're above the rules. They expect everyone else to be perfect while they can meet lower standards. Little to No Enthusiasm: Look around the office. Is anyone happy to be working there? Is anyone smiling? Are conversations positive and upbeat? Is anyone talking at all? A ”no” to these questions equals toxicity. Lack of Communication or Negative Communication: You and others don't get the necessary information to do your job. You work hard with no positive feedback and no recognition, and you might even be told to be glad you have a job at all. High Turnover: When the work environment has nothing good to offer except dysfunction, poor morale, and sickness, people will start heading for the door to find a better situation. If you notice a high turnover rate in your company or department, take that as a sign of a toxic workplace.
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Unhealthy work environment. Managers not based upon knowledge but personal friendships. Anyone over 50 is the enemy. New leadership from out of state has changed state to Common Core and socialist reform of Fierre without legislative awareness of current policies. Only youth rewarded. A total mess ostate agency state age m.j
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A great place to work; collegial team environment; clear job performance expectations; supportive management culture in terms of work life balance; great benefits
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This is a miserable place to work and the people in Management just want to make everyone below them as miserable as they are. The system and processes are so out of date that they actually work backwards at times. The only way to get ahead is to fail so miserably in your own dept that they promote you up and out just to get rid of you. If you want a real career or any job satisfaction, steer clear of this place!!
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The pay was descent
Cons
Everything else
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It was a very interesting and rewarding place to work. Staffing is challenging as in other places where I worked. Most people are professional but still take the time to socialize.
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Flex time
Cons
staffing
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The work is meaningful and great! Employees really care about what they do and are able to support work-life balance. The salary is a little lacking. However, benefits are pretty good.
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Traffic is awful around here, placing everyone in a bad mood, then you go into an institutional building with a cube farm and no communicates. It literally sucks the wind out of your sails!
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Difficult to navigate when new, some leaders are better than others—overall experience has a large dependency on the project team. It is a state job, so decisions will be highly political.
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All kinds of opportunities Lot's of good educated people nice kids great parents terrific school lunches Very Big district it's fun to teach
Pros
school hours
Cons
kids need discipline
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Micromanagement and distrust of employees have resulted in low employee morale, hesitance of employees in bringing new ideas to the table, high employee turnover, increased costs in training new employees, which has also resulted in project milestones and deadlines not being met. Replace current management with managers who are leaders that inspire employees, communicate on a professional level and welcome employee feedback, where employees openly share their ideas.
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Salary is good for state government. Implementation of new, more efficient changes in project processes, procedures, and reorganization of the division.
Cons
Micromanagement, distrust of employees, unprofessional work environment.
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cafeteria is onsite and parking is included good holiday schedule and great benefits package always learning something new and putting it to use nice downtown location
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This review is for my current role in IT. Don't dare try to be innovative or have any initiation. Do only what you are told. There presentation mantra is Death by PowerPoint and are technologically behind in every respect. They set a horrible example for an EDUCATION agency. Trying to change anything in this culture is next to impossible as there are too many people who have been there way too long - and don't want anything to change. They use technology, software, and methods that were popular in the 90's and believe if they change to meet current trends, methods, practices, needs, etc., that they will lose their jobs because they can't keep up. Well, maybe they should lose their jobs so that educators and students can be better served.
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Pay and health benefits
Cons
Cronyism, slow, bureaucratic, unprofessional, gossipy, cliquish, immature, toxic
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I thought that I would have job security, but in the first year, I was laid off and had to reapply for a different job. However, I guess it is a good resume builder.
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The company is a very pleasant place to work at for the most part (some business units are not so great). Work life balance is awesome. However, the agency tends to do frequent reorganizations which causes confusion. Also, historically they have over hired and had subsequent major layoffs.
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Great work life balance
Cons
Not much unless you get laid off.
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The upper management needs experience, managing and experience of project management. The upper management does not have any experience with waterfall or Agile project management.
Pros
Time off is good
Cons
Lack of professionism.
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It was a great place to work. Very collaborative environment. I was able to meet new people and learn new techniques that I used to become an even better educator.
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Working for TEA is somewhat rewarding, but merit increases are sparse and opportunities for advancement are slim. One of the most challenging aspects of the job is communication.
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The Texas Education Agency is a rewarding place to work with an employee-friendly climate and good benefits, but constant turnover in leadership can limit career advancement opportunities. I love working in a role that helps so many teachers and students, and the support I've received from direct supervisors during my time with the agency, but believe my professional interests are best served working for an employer with less turnover and shifting priorities at the institutional level.
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While I love working for my direct supervisor, the overall management at the agency does not promote a conducive, positive, or productive working environment. Management definitely exhibits favoritism and ignores the talent, ideas, and skills of many of the quality employees.
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Worked here for many years. Culture has changed over the years but there are still many, many hardworking individuals there. Efforts to modernize have been difficult but necessary.
Pros
Good opportunity for public service
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