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Federal Highway Administration Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
22 Reviews
3.6
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Family oriented

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Highway Administration

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for professional development - learn via webinars and online training.
    Work-life balance is a priority.

    Cons

    Like most public sector jobs, the pace of change is very slow. Many acronyms and processes that are used.

  2.  

    My experience was both rewarding and fulfilling from a professional perspective.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transportation Specialist
    Former Employee - Transportation Specialist

    I worked at Federal Highway Administration full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people who work here are generally personable, team players, and very professional. Work life balance is an important element of the organization's values.

    Cons

    Much like any government agency, the bureaucratic nature always presents challenges in the implementation of any changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your success depends mainly on the morale of your staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's been great.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Highway Administration

    Pros

    laid back work environment, flexible hours, able to have every other Friday off, no one breathing over your shoulder at work, able to work at your own pace

    Cons

    typically there are cons with every job so some workers you like and others you don't. You don't get a percentage raise to make up for inflation all the time

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    An antiquated organization that is intolerant to new ideas and lives in the past.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transportation Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Transportation Policy Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Federal Highway Administration full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Federal Highway Administration pay decent wages, but the work is stifling and most the time, even if you have a high GS level, you are nothing more than a glorified date input person.

    Cons

    Excessive gossip
    Managers play favorites, and send favorites on trips, etc.
    The organization lacks merit based promotions
    Arbitrary management
    Management does not like new ideas and is afraid of change
    Stuck in the past
    Management indiscretions are hidden, not punished

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the cronyism in your SES hires
    Monitor your management to identify abuses
    Move into the 21st century

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great agency, but diminishing returns for motivated people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Highway Administration

    Pros

    Don't get me wrong, FHWA is very deserving of their Top Federal Agencies to work for, which is why it is deserving of 4 out of 5 stars. Management is usually very supportive and there is a great team-like atmosphere. They allow for a very flexible work schedule and have a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Departments are sometimes silo'd and management may not be supportive if interagency politics are involved. Also, merit-based promotions and rewards are no more than "atta-boys," which can be disheartening when advancing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unequal Opportunity Employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil (Structural) Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Civil (Structural) Engineer in Sterling, VA

    I worked at Federal Highway Administration full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for promotion if you are white. Great place if your only goal in life is to get a steady paycheck.

    Cons

    No opportunities for promotion if you are Hispanic or African American. In the private sector, you work to help your company make money. At FHWA Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, you work to satisfy someone's ego.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be racist

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Highway Administration full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible hours, great coworkers, good work life balance, good management, good training

    Cons

    not much room for growth. you HAVE to be mobile in order to grow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    unknown person

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    Current Employee - Contractor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Contractor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Federal Highway Administration full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great place to work as a federal worker

    Cons

    being contractor is not easy

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great job but really boring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transportation Planner in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Transportation Planner in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Federal Highway Administration as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, possibilities for growth, constant pay increases, great and helpful people

    Cons

    very boring - easy stressless work, no time constraints (quick deadlines), all work is primarily oversight (i.e. reviews, certifications, etc.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mixed bag

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Technical in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Technical in Vancouver, WA

    I worked at Federal Highway Administration full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Creative project challenges;dealing with client agencies and the public

    Cons

    Internal strife and over-burdening bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire 'managers' and stop relying on engineers to manage

    No opinion of CEO

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