Federal Highway Administration

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Federal Highway Administration Reviews

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
20 Reviews

3.4
20 Reviews
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Victor M Mendez
7 Ratings

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  1.  

    It's been great.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Transportation Policy Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Transportation Policy Analyst in Washington, DC

    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
  3.  

    Great agency, but diminishing returns for motivated people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
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  5.  

    Unequal Opportunity Employer

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

    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
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  7.  

    unknown person

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

    Pros

    great place to work as a federal worker

    Cons

    being contractor is not easy

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great job but really boring

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    Former Employee - Transportation Planner  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Transportation Planner in Tallahassee, FL

    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
  9.  

    Mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Technical  in  Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Technical in Vancouver, WA

    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
  10.  

    An excellent agency to work for.

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    Former Employee - Financial Management  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Financial Management in Washington, DC

    Pros

    People oriented, professional, and competent

    Cons

    Bureuacratic as are government agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people based on skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Learning. Great Projects. FHWA needs more involvement in project details.

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Topeka, KS

    Pros

    Great jobs, Great pay, Great benefits.

    Cons

    Unable to use skills, talent, or experience. Agency fears involvement in details. Wont asert itself. Rumor has it you must relocate to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become leaner and more skilled. Let go of lower level positions, consolidate more work to fewer people and give them pay raise. Win-Win.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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