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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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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
    No opinion of CEO
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