TxDOT

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TxDOT Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
50 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

  • Mostly great people to work with (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Salaries are lower than similar in private sector and in some other Texas governmental entities (in 4 reviews)

  • No overtime pay, insread transfered to comp-time (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at TxDOT

    Pros

    Steady 8-5 M-f Schedule.
    Great benefits
    Career mobility throughout the agency if you want it, or ability to spend most of your career in the same location if that is what you want.
    Layoffs are practically unheard of.

    Cons

    The biggest problem with TxDOT is it has the potential to be an example of efficiency, good stewardship of tax dollars and public trust, a model of what an ideal public sector agency should be, but a lot of times even when positive changes are implemented the execution is horrible. Either you hear rumors of a promising change taking place and 10 years later your still hearing the same rumors they pilot the idea people cry and management backs off, or you are flooded with a tsunami of major changes all at once with no transition what so ever and little or no feedback is acted on. I mean what's with the all or nothing mentality? I agree executive management should make the final decisions on major changes but what ever happened to a well thought out plan that keeps both old and new systems running in parallel until the new system can take over gracefully and take really good notes on lessons learned and for goodness sakes don't let the status quo paralyze you or don't tie half the major systems people are trying to use up in transaction all at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your going to use an outsourcing model for support services, consider going with one vender and not having one for day to day operations, and two or three for more specialized things. The right vendor will have subsidiaries for more specialized tasks.

  2.  

    Some supervisors cut budget to try to look good

    • 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

    Pros

    Great if you are in the in crowd".

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to support all your employees rather than few favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    People are like family.

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

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Department has met the challenge of keeping up with technological advances.

    Cons

    Some managers go to far to minimize the costs at the expense of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Good summer internship for early in college

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

    I have been working at TxDOT as an intern (less than an 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
  7.  

    Office manager 24 yrs

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TxDOT

    Pros

    Benefits, hours,location, employees,holidays, vacation, sick leave

    Cons

    political, buddy system, no team work,

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The key is to keep moving and connected.

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Always something new to learn...there is no bottom of this pool and the edges are far away. You'll need a buddy system just to tread water in these rough waters.

    Cons

    Moving into the 21st Century...eventually. A little late for me, but they're finally making progress, now that an armada of auditor's and study after study, it's becoming clear where their real problems lie.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Those 600+ recommendations from Grant Thorton was pretty clear. Please keep the focus. Many are counting on you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long term potential if you aren't interested in much advancement or money, unless you are a civil engineer.

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

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of time off potential, especially since they don't pay overtime, and instead earn comp time. If you get fired then you did something completely stupid and unethical because nobody loses their job. Close knit working environment and friendly people. Great place to get career experience to move on elsewhere. Even though the pay is bad, the benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    The pay. If you are not a CIVIL engineer it's pretty much a dead end place to work. Even for non-engineering positions TxDOT tends to hire engineers for. Upper administration makes decent money but regular employees don't. Management doesn't allow much decision making from regular employees and discourages it. The only potential to become a manager is if someone dies or retires. You are an enemy of the public and the media.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees some decision making ability which encourages ingenuity. Something needs to be done about the pay because those benefits that you use to retain people are getting more and more expensive but the pay isn't going up to help.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    fair

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech V in Gainesville, GA
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech V in Gainesville, GA

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

    Pros

    if you are in the right position you can spend a lot of time with your family

    Cons

    If you are not management or a engineer you do not make any money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay us more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Not bad but can get redundant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at TxDOT

    Pros

    Not too much fear of layoffs

    Cons

    Work can get redundant and can be 8 hours of working on the same thing everyday

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