TxDOT Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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Pros
  • Mostly great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

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

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  • 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. Not bad but can get redundant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Not too much fear of layoffs

    Cons

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


  2. fair

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    Current Employee - Engineering Tech V in Gainesville, GA
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech V in Gainesville, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    pay us more


  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Good summer internship for early in college

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    Current Intern - Engineering Tech
    Current Intern - Engineering Tech
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at TxDOT as an intern (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


  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. People are like family.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Trust your employees.


  8. Some supervisors cut budget to try to look good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Try to support all your employees rather than few favorites.


  9. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start for young engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineering Assistant III in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Assistant III in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Low pressure, decent training courses offered, good exposure, you can choose what you want to work on, they try to prepare you well to become a PE. 8 hours of vacation a month, lots of holidays.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be very, very slow placed - which can make you bored and less motivated. Salary is pretty low, and raises are not easy to come by. They are getting better, but they still have ways to go. Also, there are a good amount of typical disgruntled, bitter state workers. They often asked me why i worked so hard, which was quite discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of lazy people. Give raises based on performance, not bias.


  11. Steady but with very few incentives to progress forward.

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    Current Employee - Design Technician in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Design Technician in Amarillo, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability and a steady work environment. It is a great place if you like having a flexible schedule. It is also a place where you can obtain quite a bit of knowledge within the civil engineering discipline.

    Cons

    Unless you are trying to become an engineer or are an engineer there is virtually no ability to advance within engineering. Basically stated, it is hard to impossible to advance as a design tech.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more money and time with the individuals who are or were planning to make a career with the state. It's not just about the young engineers. If you treat your designers badly then they will leave. The result is the engineer heavy establishment you created will have virtually no experience designing.



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