US Department of Transportation
3.4 of 5 36 reviews
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US Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.4 36 reviews

                             

93% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood

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69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good experience as a student intern

Intern (Current Employee)
Oklahoma City, OK

I have been working at US Department of Transportation part-time for more than a year

ProsAs a student intern they let me choose my own schedule. I worked with the budgets and loved my work until I did it so fast that I had nothing to do.

ConsLeadership has problems. Nothing ever gets done by the deadline. Several unneccessary meetings. Small company that no one outside the company is familiar with. Very slow paced.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at US Department of Transportation full-time for more than 3 years

ProsStability, benefits such as group healthcare in retirement and a small pension, and the opportunity to provide a public service

ConsBureaucracy, micromanagement, reduces pay relative to comparable industry positions

Advice to Senior ManagementBack off

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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R/W Specialist (Former Employee)
Tifton, GA

I worked at US Department of Transportation full-time for more than 5 years

Prosgovernment agency, stable, equal opportunity employer, transportation and road projects, decent benefits, salary, 401k, pension, insurance, medical, dental, vision, short term and long term benefits

Consnon qualified supervisors, no job security, no appeal process

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good learning experience

Summer Intern Inspector (Former Employee)
Anchorage, AK

I worked at US Department of Transportation full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat learning experience, interact with multiple contractors, company vehicle.

ConsLong hours during construction season, then nothing but paperwork during down season, may need to work night shifts

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Frustrating, but personally satisfying work.

Talent Development Officer (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at US Department of Transportation

ProsIf you are resilient to too many political appointees, fifedoms, and overall ineffective government bureacracy, you will do well here. They have (in most areas) great work-life balance like telework, flexible work, and all. The senior leadership is pretty nice, but there are typically a lot of levels in between.

ConsPoor first-line supervision, disengaged employees, unmotivated learning and development attitude, and an overall lack of strategic planning at the middle levels.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in your people. Try to avoid having money go directly to the program offices without skimming funds for the agency (OST) to use for training and development. Trust me, you need it.

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Cool work, crazy hours, bad managers

GS11 (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I worked at US Department of Transportation

Pros*The projects are very interesting
*The non-management people are brilliant and fun
*Transportation issues are important
*Location is good - near the subway, Esplanade, MIT
*Hours are very flexible - core hours are 10am to 3pm.

Cons*Management is capricious, ignorant, and inefficient
*Paperwork can be tedious
*Pay is relatively low
*The benefits are poor
*Building is old
*Everyone shares offices

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take your stress out on your workers. Overworking everyone is not a sustainable business model.

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Training process is a jock

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Mather, CA

I worked at US Department of Transportation

ProsGreat pay
Good benefits
Lots of down time

ConsHorrible training
Management is useless
Lots of down time

Advice to Senior ManagementAt least pretend you care

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Plan on making at least 125K to have a safe, civil life in DC.

Cartographer (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at US Department of Transportation

ProsFlex schedule & doing work that matters.

ConsIt is easy to reach you peak grade level and have no upward place to go. Unless you grew up here and don't know better it's a horrible region to live with no quality of life. There is no place good to live. If you live close in plan on being a victim of crime. Come to DC area and take a good look around before you take a job. Go to the grocery store in the community you plan to live to get a vibe. If you want to live someplace civil and plan on commuting a long way. In this town it seems the government gives everybody the same quality of life you work for.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

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Entrepreneurial Training Women and Girls Internship Program

Market Research (Current Employee)
San Juan, San Juan (Argentina)

I have been working at US Department of Transportation as an intern for more than a year

ProsThe process is fast and easy, just submit an essay and fill out an application.
They offer jobs in associated companies and in your area of study.

ConsThe working team within the department of transportation are a bit slow at the time of payment.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more specific to what expect at the end or the next step of the program.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Same old Same old is the Culture

FInancial Analyst (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Department of Transportation full-time

ProsSecure job
Easy work
Low work requirement

ConsManagement has major issues. Decided to stop all promotions at all cost.
Unrealistic/Unattainable expectations.
Favoritism based on tenure.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop telling employees that you hope the experiences provided to employees will be useful elsewhere. It encourages us to leave.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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