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Caltrans Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
66 Reviews
3.4
66 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • One of the benefits for working at Caltrans is the general flexibility and Work Life Balance (in 4 reviews)

  • An opportunity to learn a great deal about how the sausage is really made in transportation policy and procedure (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Budget cuts make training, advancement, and new hiring opportunities few and far between (in 4 reviews)

  • No respect for those with real abilities (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    priceless opportunities to learn thing if you are self-motivated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Caltrans

    Pros

    Great place to work for, great people, great opportunities to learn new things if you are self-motivated, work-life balance is really good.

    Cons

    Too much office politics, if you are a young individual and motivated probably private would have better opportunities, financially and self-growth

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Student Assist

    Former Employee - Student Assist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assist in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Caltrans as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly people. You get to learn about projects from experienced engineers.

    Cons

    Have to be an engineering major and enrolled in school to qualify.

  3.  

    Good place to work with excellent benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good projects if you are willing to work hard and learn. Lots of training to get you upto speed with various skills. Good colleagues. Flexible work schedule to avoid peak hour traffic.

    Cons

    Not challenging enough to push you towards acquiring new skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work at

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Right of Way Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Right of Way Agent in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    On the job training and great benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge depending on your schedule

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work. Friendly people. No Stress

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Secured job. You can have a life. Have enough time for your spouse and children.

    Cons

    Low pay. difficult to get promotion in better living areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No upward mobility

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Technician (Typing) in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Office Technician (Typing) in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours, vacation days, etc.

    Cons

    Hard work pays off for some. However, some get nothing but more work. It's who you know
    not what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair to good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good learning experience

    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was hired as a civil engineering student assistant, basically an intern. Everyone was willing to help out when I did not fully know how to complete certain tasks. My supervisors taught me a lot and when there was downtime, they would help me network and figure out my future career plans.

    Cons

    Can be slow at times, it's busiest when there are a lot of projects but with the economy there weren't too many when I started out.

  9.  

    As close to private sector as you can get in a government position.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Information Systems Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Information Systems Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the benefits for working at Caltrans is the general flexibility and Work Life Balance. The employees are diverse and there are Interesting people to work with.

    Cons

    Training is sparse, so that may impede your ability to find other opportunities at other companies. There is also a lack of accountability. I've seen instances were employees did not pull their weight and it caused a strain on the other team members. Advancement opportunities not great.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Helping the public to stay safe.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Highway Maintenance Leadworker in Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Highway Maintenance Leadworker in Diamond Bar, CA

    I have been working at Caltrans

    Pros

    40 hours a week.Steady.Rain or shine.

    Cons

    Incompetence in senior management.Prevalent.Lazy .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and let the more competent men promote.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Volunteer intern experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Caltrans

    Pros

    You can come in any time you want. No restrictions on how long you stay or commit to the program. Very flexible. Nice coworkers and supervisors. Opportunity to be exposed to various day to day operations of Caltrans engineers. Casual environment. Frequent potlucks.

    Cons

    Not enough work sometimes. Sit around a lot of the time. Sometimes work given is very basic and does not benefit you in reaching your career goals. A lot of administrative duties given (depends where you work). Volunteer program needs more coordination and organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up an official volunteer program curriculum to expose unpaid volunteers to Caltrans operations in all the departments.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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