TxDOT Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
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  1.  

    Good group of folks

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    Former Employee - Business Relationship Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Relationship Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at TxDOT full-time

    Pros

    The pay was really pretty good and the agency rules were better than most other state agencies. I felt treated like an adult more here than with other state agencies. It is even legal to carry on premises if you have a CHL.

    Cons

    Your experience can vary greatly depending on what group you are with and who your manager is. The IT Dept is still feeling rather betrayed by how the outsourcing was done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so quick to dump someone on probationary status who is actually trying. If there is an issue, they may have a medical condition causing it and be unable to see to it because they are not allowed to take time off while on probationary status.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    TXDOT Austin Region Headquarters

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most employees arrive around 08:30am even though start time is 08:00am, they then take a break from 1000-1015am and walk around outside the buildings, you can leave for lunch by 1145am and not return until 1:30Pm (they allow you to take 30 minutes to walk or exercise from 1:00-1:30pm). They provide showers in the building so you can shower after your walk from 1:30-2:00 pm. You then get another break from 3:00-3:15pm for another walk outside around the buildings. Most employees are headed home by 4:45pm. TXDOT allows you to receive a 30 minute massage (you must pay for it) downstairs in the office building for 30 minutes once a month and you can take Yoga in the building as well, once a month, all while on the clock. Directors and Mangers are seldom in the office, out traveling or somewhere?

    Cons

    TXDOT secretly monitors everything you do,on your office phone, your computer, your TXDOT cell phone and TXDOT vehicles like Nazi Gestapo's and the KGB. You have absolutely no privacy even if you are doing nothing wrong. Way to bureaucratic, to many controls, its ok if you are a TXDOT minion. You need to get approval from way to many individuals in order to do something, i.e. if you need to pass gas get permission from 3 people and then TXDOT requires an air permit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees until they prove otherwise. Start enforcing the 0800 start time, do away with all the breaks and luxuries (Yoga classes, messages, etc..), so that the Texas Tax payers get a full 8 hour day out of TXDOT employees, and then you wonder why our roads are in the condition they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Respected state agency - overall supportive of employees - Advancement Opportunities !

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Funding is dedicated by State Constitution (Hwy Fund 6) so agency does not have to compete with others for funding from General Revenue. TxDOT managers comply with requirements for actions such as annual performance reviews, coaching, training, etc. Agency follows its own rules (not just lip service). Helps ensure employees have info needed to grow and advance. Vacation and sick leave accrues monthly and managers do not punish staff for taking the time off that's earned. Paid days off for state and federal holidays. State retirement pay (lifetime monthly stipend and benefits) after vesting, when employee reaches 'rule of 80' or retirement age. Tremendous opportunities for advancement, since many employees are now eligible to retire (more w/in 2 - 3 years)!

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than similar in private sector and in some other Texas governmental entities. Structure and procedures can be too rigid, which can slow changes needed when circumstances change. Appointment of business people to executive positions (w/o knowledge of state agency processes and who do not respect or understand the need to follow requirements from the Legislature) makes it difficult to meet their demands and also comply with Legislative mandates. Several studies were done on TxDOT policies, processes, procedures, etc. with concrete recommendations for improvements ... many of which were ignored or addresses with mainly cosmetic compliance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in mind that TxDOT is a government agency, not a for-profit business, and the goal is to serve the public not just save or make money. Several of the 'improvements' made by executives that appear to save money or improve processes are actually hampering productivity, damaging morale, and making staff jobs more difficult. Understand that actions required by the Legislature are mandatory, not suggestions, so stop pushing staff/managers to find loop holes to get around complying (for the sake of 'business like efficiency').

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Good at first, but it devolved into more difficult as I was forced into an unwanted transfer.

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    Former Employee - Information Specialist II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Information Specialist II in Austin, TX

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are provided, a professional attitude.

    Cons

    Sometimes a hard won position can be negated by computer upgrades and you could be sent into a Quota-mad work section.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as management continues to work with quotas, quality will ALWAYS suffer, and the efforts of safety-minded data will be tainted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great agency, lots of history, treats their employees fairly, best job I've had.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of advancement opportunities.
    Able to work on a variety of projects.
    Work with smart people.
    Treated fairly and given the ability to work independently.
    Enjoy coming to work and being a part of a great state agency that provides a vital service to citizens.
    TxDOT has greatly improved and modernized within the last few years. It's technology is now in line with the 21st century.

    Cons

    There is often a breakdown in communication within and outside my division.
    Divisions and sections often work in silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the internal communcations within the agency.
    Rework and revamp the Crossroads intranet site so that it is more useful and organized for employees.
    Give employees a real channel to communicate ideas and provide feedback on those ideas.
    Improve communication from upper management to employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Employees here really care about each other.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at TxDOT really was a family environment. It always seemed like everyone knew everyone...even though there are 12k employees! Very secure place to work. And the work was never dull.

    Cons

    Changes in upper-level management (administration) and persistent reorganizations have changed the culture somewhat over the past few years - people seem to feel a bit less secure in their jobs, and feel less appreciated and understood under this new leadership. Additionally, the culture has suffered a bit from a large number of retirements, with vacancies filled mostly from outside the organization, rather than promoting from within, which has damaged morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TxDOT became the nation's best DOT because of it's people. Value them, empower them, and let them do their jobs - they won't let you down.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Job agency does is admirable. Some supervisors are unscrupulous schemers, liars and thieves.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Does excellent work for Texas and its citizens

    Cons

    Agency supports supervisors even in the face of evidence of lying, discrimination and of other wrongdoing. Appeals are useless since the whole process is for labeling the agency correct in its actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check employee claims against what supervisors allege, you'll probably find some are using the system and it's flaws for ill-gotten gain. EEOC is investigating now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Enjoyed the internship experience

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    Former Employee - Inspector in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Inspector in Austin, TX

    I worked at TxDOT as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Gained great field experience in construction

    Cons

    Typically 8 hours a day, but the day can extend unexpectedly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Disappointing in recognition of diligence, respect and lack of advancement in salary raises.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with the public to help them get answers to their questions and action for their needs when something needs attention on the 80,000 miles of roads maintained.

    Cons

    A great deal of favoritism and cronyism exists while favorites are recognized and advanced and concern for other employees is practically nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate equality of pay for equal work among employees and to encourage supervisors to be more fair and even-handed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Favoritism, nepotism, engineer-centrism, and to a lesser degree, tenure, are the names of the game here.

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    Former Employee - Lab Personnel in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Lab Personnel in Austin, TX

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They do have good health benefit, sick leave, and vacation leave days.

    Cons

    If you are not an engineer, part of the "good ol' boys or GIRLS club, or related (PROTECTED) by a person in an upper position, you can forget about moving up. TxDOT has the mentality that being an engineer means you can also MANAGE people which is obviously (go ahead and ask any younger to middle-aged NON-engineer and ask them if that's true) not reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wouldn't listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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