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It was a great experience for a learning engineer

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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

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Work-life balance
reasonable salary
great benefits
pay for PE

Cons

Little room for advancement
Bureaucratic system

Advice to Management

Need better way to incentivize employees to achieve

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  1. Helpful (1)

    You get out of it what you put into it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Caltrans

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many interesting projects
    Many good people
    Flexibility and autonomy if you work hard and show initiative
    Statewide opportunities.
    Multi-disiplinary work environment - unending challenges if you seek them out.

    Cons

    Pay has not kept up with private sector or inflation over the past 25 years.
    Too many bureaucrats who don't help.
    Caltrans is made scapegoat by public and elected officials, often when not to blame. (There is plenty to blame on Caltrans, but often missed.)

    Advice to Management

    Lead, follow or retire. Take responsibility or take up golf (i.e., retire - don't tee off on state time!).
    Bring in fresh blood to oversee troubled divisions within Caltrans.


  2. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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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