TxDOT Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
44 Reviews
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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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    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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    Engineering Tech IV

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT as an intern

    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 Everything is so outdated and boring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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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').

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Ever changing

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    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

  7.  

    Government job

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

    I have been working at TxDOT as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Minimal pay in engineering, minimal

  8.  

    Good summer internship for early in college

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    Current Employee - Engineering Tech
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech

    I have been working at TxDOT as an intern for less than a year

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    TxDOT has been a good place to work for over 20 years.

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    Current Employee - Special Project Coordinator  in  Mesquite, TX
    Current Employee - Special Project Coordinator in Mesquite, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth for those who work hard. Relaxed atmosphere and easy to balance work with family. Great paid holidays.

    Cons

    Agency is undergoing major change so morale is low. Benefits have dwindled over the years. Technology is antiquated. Pay can be low for new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communication open. Employees want to know what to expect.

    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Things have changed in the IT division

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    Current Employee - IT Division  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Division in Austin, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most of the coworkers helpful, friendly.
    On site cafeteria
    Park like areas outside under trees

    Cons

    Can be a little like "Lord of the Flies"
    Branch Managers can be vindictive, lack leadership qualities
    Pay was low, now it's worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does not live by the golden rule. Huge pay increases for you, employees get our jobs cut. We all work hard and to outsource us ostensibly to save money conflicts with the huge salaries you men are making. We are taking a pay cut and our employment with the state has been cut, while other (current) state employees get raises. Think about what that does to morale and motivation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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