TxDOT Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Mostly great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Salaries are lower than similar in private sector and in some other Texas governmental entities (in 4 reviews)

  • No overtime pay, insread transfered to comp-time (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Engineering Assistant (E.I.T.)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I started at TxDOT, went to the private sector, and then came back to TxDOT. After having both private and public sector experiences, I can confidently say that TXDOT is the best place for an E.I.T. to learn everything in a better learning environment and at a faster pace without feeling pigeon-holed. Take advantage of the rotation program- they usually start you in roadway design, then traffic, and finally construction management. You are also not obligated to work over 40 hours and never have to work weekends. Work-life balance is exceptional here.

    Cons

    Pay could obviously be better but then again, the civil engineering industry comes with a low standard of pay than other engineering industries (government contracts, etc).


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people work there and the State provides good benefits.

    Cons

    Low Pay and path to advancement not clear.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clearer path to advancement and pay closer to the average salary in area.


  3. Deputy Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at TxDOT full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful state employee wellness program that has many features and special programs plus education. Model for larger organizations to duplicate.

    Cons

    This is a Very large organization so communication and feedback is not easy that may frustrate employees and negatively impact morale.

    Advice to Management

    The agency Needs a better mechanism for feedback and communication with employees as it is spread over a large area with numerous levels - many acting as silos,


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    Regional Equipment Supervisor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Equipment Supervisor in Laredo, TX
    Current Employee - Regional Equipment Supervisor in Laredo, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good agency with great benefits. Very flexible with leave and appreciates their employees. The benefits are second to non and out weigh the level of stress that comes with the job.

    Cons

    Very demanding job with high stress levels. Work does not slow down and you have to operate at a very fast pace. You get calls after hours and your work phone is constantly getting important emails and calls even on your days off.

    Advice to Management

    Would like to see responsibility shift whenever Supervisor is on leave so that He/She is not having to take calls or emails while on vacation/sick/ or any type of leave. This will give an opportunity for others to grow and gain experience while the Supervisors personal life will not be interrupted.


  6. Public Service is Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There is no better calling in life than helping people. At TxDOT, we have that opportunity everyday.

    Cons

    In any large organization resistance to change can be challenging.


  7. Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with; caring and competent executive leadership; dedicated employees committed to serving Texans; strong training program to learn new skills or to change career direction; positive career growth, due to the complexity of the many projects and programs.

    Cons

    technical career ladder is a bit more limited than the management career ladder. The work load at times can be excessive in certain work areas, while light in others, so the work is not always balanced.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a good job; the changes made over the last few years have significantly improved the agency.


  8. Engineering Tech

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, friendly people, family friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Unclear duties, workers aren't completely sure of their duties, and not enough workers.


  9. Human Resource Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time

    Pros

    Large amount of specialties and makes for someone to make a large impact quickly; challenging assignments and use new enterprise systems for HR.

    Cons

    Managers do not delegate and can't make a decision; top management is not aware of the day to day; people leave and new people take job of someone that is being forced out. Bad morale continues.


  10. Safety Officer II

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    Former Employee - Safety Officer II
    Former Employee - Safety Officer II
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only good things were the insurance, pay, time off, and time spent on the road with the men and women that actually did the work.

    Cons

    Working directly for the District Engineer and dealing with upper management. Upper management does not know the first thing about how to run a successful safety program, or anything else for that matter.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to get out of their Crystal Palace and spend more time with boots on the ground. Everyone except upper management are good, hard working people who put in an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Workers do not trust upper management with good reason, upper management lies, cheats the system, and ignores the rules because the District Engineer thinks the rules don't not apply to him. Safety Director is a puppet to Administration and will talk out of both sides of his mouth just to get his numbers up. Upper management leads you on making you believe everything is fine and then stabs you in the back. It is not a good place to work and I would not wish it on my worst enemy!


  11. Steady but with very few incentives to progress forward.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Technician in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Design Technician in Amarillo, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability and a steady work environment. It is a great place if you like having a flexible schedule. It is also a place where you can obtain quite a bit of knowledge within the civil engineering discipline.

    Cons

    Unless you are trying to become an engineer or are an engineer there is virtually no ability to advance within engineering. Basically stated, it is hard to impossible to advance as a design tech.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more money and time with the individuals who are or were planning to make a career with the state. It's not just about the young engineers. If you treat your designers badly then they will leave. The result is the engineer heavy establishment you created will have virtually no experience designing.



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