TxDOT Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
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  1. Full of learning and experience by being hands on and observing the everyday life of a full time employee.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT

    Pros

    Being able to see how things operate first hand.

    Cons

    No overtime pay, insread transfered to comp-time.

    Advice to Management

    Doing a great job especially with the learning experience that we are put through.

  2. Micro management in Communications

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, half hour three times a week to work out

    Cons

    Micro management, inability to be flexible and think creatively, lack of candor, fear-based and reactive rather than proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Let your people have some latitude esp. if they have proven themselves and have great ideas.

  3. Some supervisors cut budget to try to look good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great if you are in the in crowd".

    Cons

    Out of luck if you are not in the right group.

    Advice to Management

    Try to support all your employees rather than few favorites.

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  5. Engineering Tech IV

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at TxDOT as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Being intern is great here. I do not know about an actual work. I also found having holidays a perk. Makes me have something to look forward to when work is mounting up.

    Cons

    There is a lot of interesting people around here. Everything is so outdated and boring

    Advice to Management

    You need to be more informed in what is happening at the bottom and not assume things

  6. Helpful (1)

    Respected state agency - overall supportive of employees - Advancement Opportunities !

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Funding is dedicated by State Constitution (Hwy Fund 6) so agency does not have to compete with others for funding from General Revenue. TxDOT managers comply with requirements for actions such as annual performance reviews, coaching, training, etc. Agency follows its own rules (not just lip service). Helps ensure employees have info needed to grow and advance. Vacation and sick leave accrues monthly and managers do not punish staff for taking the time off that's earned. Paid days off for state and federal holidays. State retirement pay (lifetime monthly stipend and benefits) after vesting, when employee reaches 'rule of 80' or retirement age. Tremendous opportunities for advancement, since many employees are now eligible to retire (more w/in 2 - 3 years)!

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than similar in private sector and in some other Texas governmental entities. Structure and procedures can be too rigid, which can slow changes needed when circumstances change. Appointment of business people to executive positions (w/o knowledge of state agency processes and who do not respect or understand the need to follow requirements from the Legislature) makes it difficult to meet their demands and also comply with Legislative mandates. Several studies were done on TxDOT policies, processes, procedures, etc. with concrete recommendations for improvements ... many of which were ignored or addresses with mainly cosmetic compliance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in mind that TxDOT is a government agency, not a for-profit business, and the goal is to serve the public not just save or make money. Several of the 'improvements' made by executives that appear to save money or improve processes are actually hampering productivity, damaging morale, and making staff jobs more difficult. Understand that actions required by the Legislature are mandatory, not suggestions, so stop pushing staff/managers to find loop holes to get around complying (for the sake of 'business like efficiency').

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great agency, lots of history, treats their employees fairly, best job I've had.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of advancement opportunities.
    Able to work on a variety of projects.
    Work with smart people.
    Treated fairly and given the ability to work independently.
    Enjoy coming to work and being a part of a great state agency that provides a vital service to citizens.
    TxDOT has greatly improved and modernized within the last few years. It's technology is now in line with the 21st century.

    Cons

    There is often a breakdown in communication within and outside my division.
    Divisions and sections often work in silos.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the internal communcations within the agency.
    Rework and revamp the Crossroads intranet site so that it is more useful and organized for employees.
    Give employees a real channel to communicate ideas and provide feedback on those ideas.
    Improve communication from upper management to employees.

  8. Ever changing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Training is always available.

    Cons

    Constant change. Lack of communication

  9. Government job

    Current Intern - Engineering Tech in Laredo, TX
    Current Intern - Engineering Tech in Laredo, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will never get laid off
    Secure
    Stable
    Little to to pressure, ever

    Cons

    Minimal pay in engineering, minimal

  10. Good summer internship for early in college

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Engineering Tech
    Current Intern - Engineering Tech

    I have been working at TxDOT as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay for a summer job
    Great people
    Experience viewing sites and production facilities
    Relaxed environment

    Cons

    "Good enough for government work"
    Pay rate doesn't match private industry

  11. Disappointing in recognition of diligence, respect and lack of advancement in salary raises.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with the public to help them get answers to their questions and action for their needs when something needs attention on the 80,000 miles of roads maintained.

    Cons

    A great deal of favoritism and cronyism exists while favorites are recognized and advanced and concern for other employees is practically nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate equality of pay for equal work among employees and to encourage supervisors to be more fair and even-handed.

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