Colorado Department of Transportation

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Colorado Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    People Really Care

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    Current Employee - Transportation Planner in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Transportation Planner in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Before taking this job my expectations about state government employees were that many were probably just coasting on job securities and good benefits without really caring about the work. I am pleased to report that the opposite is true - everyone I've met at CDOT actually really cares about serving the public and making the state better. It definitely makes coming to work much easier.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy of course. Change is slow and there are a lot of seemingly pointless rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on cultivating employee skills - otherwise talented folks will leave before too long.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Overall a great place to work. You must be a self-starter.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I moved up fast working in one of the Regional offices where the atmosphere is conducive to growth and rather family-like.

    Cons

    Still a good old boy network. Upper management is horrible, especially the Executive Director. I'll never understand why new managers that come in from the outside think they need to change everything or think they know better than those that have been there for years and know the people, the culture, and the process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Transportation Development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits: Paid holidays and vacation
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Leadership chases small distraction but neglects the important work
    Micromanagement from he highest levels prevents any progress
    People who want to achieve are quickly discouraged
    Morale is incredibly low
    Since there is no innovation the work is not challenging or rewarding

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great experience so far

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    Current Employee - EIT I in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - EIT I in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great opportunity for young professionals out of college
    -plenty of training opportunities
    -friendly co-workers who are willing to teach
    -good benefits

    Cons

    slow at times because of timing of construction projects

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great Career Building Potential

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    Current Employee - Bridge Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Bridge Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are as good as can be expected from any company. Good retirement, flexible schedule, job security, ample paid time off, competitive wages.

    Cons

    Do not match any 401k. Promotions and raises can be slow depending on the economical condition of the government. Can be difficult following all governmental policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've been to many consulting offices and they all have great little job perks that are as simple as free coffee. CDOT does not seem to have any of these little perks at all. These little things can greatly improve employee satisfaction, which in turn will increase productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    CDOT is a great place to work. Employee loyalty is greater here than any organization that I have ever seen.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employee development is very important and is one of the top 6 priorities of the organization. CDOT maintains a corporate university, a full learning and development department, and they offer tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    The organization is constantly under a lot of change. Currently there are over 20 change initiatives going on at once, there is little time to recover from the first change before another one starts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    prioritize change initiatives in order to make the change more manageable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great experience and lots of travel

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Spend your time in the great outdoors throughout the beautiful state of Colorado! How can anyone complain about that? During my 9 month tenure, I visited the four corners of the state.

    Benefits are great, pay not so much.

    Cons

    pay isn't great, and there's not a lot room to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider making a way for more people to build a permanent career with CDO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Have to keep a good attitude

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    Current Employee - Transportation Maintenance in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Transportation Maintenance in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job security
    Safety is prioritized
    Opportunities for overtime
    Job variety
    On the job training

    Cons

    Constant change in work schedule
    Favoritism
    Transfers and cross training is shunned
    Not challenging
    Too many chances given to "bad apples"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to treat their employees like they value what they do because there is no thank you from the motoring public. Morale is low due to the work environment: Old, rat infested facilities, 20+ year old equipment, little to no perks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    I was a Career employee and Retired after 2o years.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant Lll in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant Lll in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good working conditions, great mentors.

    Cons

    It was a great experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Most People are great to work with, but is tough on family life during winter and dangerous.

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    Former Employee - Transportation Maintenance I
    Former Employee - Transportation Maintenance I

    I worked at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great attitudes about public safety.
    It pays the bills.
    Steady pay, even with 2009 Furlough days.
    Most people are like family, even if some are some bad apples.

    Cons

    Political ties makes some of the policies out of touch.
    Some postilions are dangerous working in traffic.
    Hard work seems unappreciated at times when needed.
    Tough to move up if you not a "Bro or Buddy" in some parts of the state.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has improved over the years. Some trickery and dishonest management in some areas, not all, has been played and not known further up, meaning if a non management employee is not liked, there work environment is altered to make them want to quit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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