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)

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. Engineering Tech

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, friendly people, family friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Unclear duties, workers aren't completely sure of their duties, and not enough workers.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Technician in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Design Technician in Amarillo, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start for young engineer

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

    I worked at TxDOT

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    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.


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  5. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 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.


  6. Some supervisors cut budget to try to look good

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. People are like family.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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. Ever changing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Good summer internship for early in college

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Office manager 24 yrs

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TxDOT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

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

    Cons

    political, buddy system, no team work,


  11. Helpful (1)

    The key is to keep moving and connected.

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

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

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



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