Caltrans Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
61 Reviews
3.3
61 Reviews
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Malcolm Dougherty
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Review Highlights

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

  • Good work/life balance & time off when you want/need it if you are rank and file employee (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Caltrans seems like an establishment anyone could find happiness at.

    Current Employee - Environmental Planner
    Current Employee - Environmental Planner

    I have been working at Caltrans as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The office setting seems fairly laid-back. The whole company seems pretty diverse in some districts. It's interesting to get to work on projects that you actually come across on a day-to-day basis on the way to or from work. Getting to work with the various consultants allows you to advance your network.

    Cons

    Less hands-on than may be desired, office setting can get stuffy if you'd rather be working in the field, keeping track of all the federal, state, and environmental regulations, permits, etc. is a challenge and something that always needs to be refreshed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good place to work with excellent benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    Great place to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    On the job training and great benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge depending on your schedule

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  5.  

    It was a no brainer.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltrans

    Pros

    You are beside experienced Engineers

    Cons

    You're not asked to do much

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work. Friendly people. No Stress

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for 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.  

    Bunch of lazy employees who feel entitled

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

    I have been working at Caltrans

    Pros

    Job stability. You will have to steal or murder someone to get fired.

    Cons

    Many employees in the accounting department are making close to $70k per year and have nothing to do. They get their nails done, read their kindles, play games on their phones, take extra long breaks and lunches, etc and the top dog does nothing about it. Sorry, but I don't like my taxpayer money being wasted on these folks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Great place to learn or to have a flexible schedule without stress.

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

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I enjoy the training's, holidays and the opportunity to always learn. Very flexible schedule and easy going supervisors.

    Cons

    Too much to do sometimes, not enough other times. Very low pay compared to private firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to realize that we are on the same time, and to take a stance on an issue, instead of wavering back and forth or playing both sides.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    No upward mobility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for 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
  10.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Caltrans part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Loose hours, good management and people

    Cons

    Old technology, red tape keeps progress slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update your pay scale for software jobs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It's Hit or Miss

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Personnel Analyst  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Personnel Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Caltrans full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pros and con depend on who you are. I appreciated not being allowed to work overtime, others may not. You are able to take on as much or as little work as you are capable of doing. Fairly good benefits and retirement if you don't die of boredom.

    Cons

    There are a ton of lazy and/or incompetent people who are frustrating to work with. However this is also a "pro" because if you have an ambitious bone in your body, you can move up when positions become available (if they like you personally).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold people more accountable to get work done in a timely manner. Make an effort to begin progressive discipline when people are wasting space and tax payers' money (even those that have been there for 20 years). Don't be so afraid of the union. Ask more of your employees.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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