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The DOT offers flexibility and time, rather than financial rewards. If you're willing to move up slowly and work inefficiently, the DOT is not bad. And the senior management do value smart people--they are just few and far between. Training is excellent, and benefits are quite good. You will almost always work only a 40 hour week. And the location of the downtown Atlanta office is good; its right in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Easy to commute to, and the parking deck is near Georgia Tech's football station, so its easy to get to the games. Reasonably diverse employees, although very old-fashioned bureaucracy.
The Bureaucracy is all--it will overwhelm you. Nothing gets done without going through unnecessary paperwork. The checks and balances are somewhat necessary for civil engineering projects, but many of them could probably be automated. And the number of things that are still done by hand are mind-numbing. Engineers are made to do CAD work for their entire first year on staff, because the dept. won't pay for CAD operators--when those would in fact be cheaper and more efficient. And the worst part of the place is the people who aren't up to snuff. Their are too many people who get promoted without deserving it, and who do a terrible job as managers.
Advice to Management
Work on automating a lot of the work--use Excel for calculations and have standardized spreadsheets, use predrawn blocks for CAD items. And standardize these throughout the organization, rather than having vastly different "best practices" in different design teams.