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Ok place to work if you're interested in property appraisals, acquisitions, utilities, planning, airspace, etc.

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Former Employee - Right of Way Agent  in  Oakland, CA
Former Employee - Right of Way Agent in Oakland, CA

I worked at Caltrans

Pros

Unique setting that offers the opportunity to learn a broad array of property-related skills and more. Some members of the staff and management are decent, friendly, competent people. Working hard and playing ball may get noticed and rewarded. Average benefits & pay, especially when you reach Associate level. Lots of paid holidays. Reliable merit pay increases, vacation, and sick time. State vehicles to drive. Nice building with a credit union and cafeteria on the ground floor.

Cons

Many agents leave for better-paying jobs with counties or cities. If you're not interested in the technical aspects of property assessment, you'll be bored. The Right of Way Manual is about as dense and dry as it gets. There are some bad apples, dead wood, and incompetents among staff and management. Trust and morale are not high. Creativity and proactivity are not necessarily rewarded. Budget cuts make training, advancement, and new hiring opportunities few and far between.

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    Perfect experience!

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Caltrans

    Pros

    - You will be exposed to some of the coolest infrastructure/bridge projects!
    - Senior engineers are very willing to help you
    - You room for promotions and educational reimbursements if you want to do the EIT/PE or such.

    Cons

    - As a government unit there are rules and procedures (which is OK as well)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Know your employees on a personal level which I experienced. Great job.

    Recommends
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Caltrans

    Pros

    Good work/life balance & time off when you want/need it if you are rank and file employee. Most employees really are good, hardworking people.

    Cons

    Most management, if they do a good job, are worked like borrowed mules and if they don't do a good job...well, that's okay too. There is no supervisor/manager accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to promote someone to a supervisory or management level, make sure they supervise or manage their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
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