Louisiana Department of Transportation
Louisiana Department of Transportation Reviews
Pros – I enjoyed getting to see several different projects throughout the summer. Also being assigned tasks to complete independently. Got to see and inspect concrete and asphalt roads through various phases of construction.
Cons – There was a little too much down time. I used it to study for the FE exam, so it was OK. Pretty much luck of the draw with which gang you get assigned to and what projects they are working on.
Advice to Senior Management – I really enjoyed the experience overall. I got some good advice from the Project Engineer, but would have liked to see more of his responsibilities.
Pros – Great bunch of people working there. Fun job that let me be creative in problem solving.
Cons – My supervisor got employee of the year...I felt I was the one that deserved it. Because of this I resigned...that was a mistake...I should have bit my lip and pressed on, I gave up a good thing because of pride.
Advice to Senior Management – Give credit where credit is due.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Generally positive environment, management seemed to be going in the right direction. Decent benefits from the state, flexible work hours (to a point), and a good class of people to work with.
Cons – Too much bureaucracy, which I suppose is inherent in any governmental agency. Consultants seemed to get away with murder, but employees were encouraged to take it easy on the consultants.
Advice to Senior Management – Some of the private-sector consultants are stealing you blind. The employees are the ones who are getting most of the work done in the most efficient way possible. The consultants won't answer your phone call unless you write it into a change order so they can charge you an arm and a leg.
Pros – It's a good place to gain experience. We are, in my opinion, the most visible agency in the state outside of the governor's office. There are many things going on at the same time, which gives many chances to learn new things.
Cons – It can be frustrating at times due to others in the department not giving you information you need in a timely manner.
Advice to Senior Management – Communicate better with your employees. Everything doesn't have to be last minute. A constant dialogue with employees will make the department better in the long run.
Pros – Great if you have a family
Easy to take time off
Stress free job
Cons – Pay is NOT competitive
Run by politicians so change isn't easy
Not much room for advancement
Advice to Senior Management – Learn how to discipline employees for not doing their job whether they have been here one year or thirty years.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Longterm retirement benefit over private industry, excellent opportuniies for young people, good promotional opportunities
Cons – Lower salary than private sector
Advice to Senior Management – None
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend