TxDOT Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. Only if you're desperate.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Engineering Technician/Engineering Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - General Engineering Technician/Engineering Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The only pro for engineering technicians is job security.

    Cons

    Culture revolves around creating the appearance that everything is working well.
    Clueless management at every level.
    Spineless management at most every level.
    Micromanagement (depends on the office).
    Lack of integrity and ethics.
    Lack of consistency in processes between offices.
    Low pay doesn't keep up with today's cost of living.
    Weak raises.
    Government run.
    Work to pay ratio are too far out of balance.
    Behind the curve in technology though they are trying to catch up (at least the Houston district)

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue.
    Grow a spine.
    Integrity and ethics: learn and apply.


  2. Micro management in Communications

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, half hour three times a week to work out

    Cons

    Micro management, inability to be flexible and think creatively, lack of candor, fear-based and reactive rather than proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Let your people have some latitude esp. if they have proven themselves and have great ideas.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Personnel in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Lab Personnel in Austin, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    They wouldn't listen anyway.


  7. Favoritism run AMOK + engineers rule supreme.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Inspector in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Process Inspector in Austin, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    TxDOT offers a good benefits package, ample vacation/sick time, and a stable job where you could feasibly work for the rest of your working life.

    Cons

    TxDOT, even though a PUBLIC sector company, fancies itself an engineering firm. This having been said, if you are not following an educational civil engineering path you can all but forget about career advancement. Important areas such as IT, accounting, and Business Admin. are secondary and even tertiary to engineering. Also, performance takes a backseat to preference when it comes to fair performance evaluations. If you ask questions be prepared to one day take a knife out of your back.

    Advice to Management

    There is a reason TxDOT is getting such a bad rap and it's not because of the regular employees. Retirees are leaving in record amounts. My advice is just because you have a title does not mean you are ENTITLED. Just like the independent audit stated recently "start rewarding the performers and stop ignoring the problem makers". If, in fact, we are supposed to provide topnotch service to the public, such service needs to start in-house.


  8. Helpful (1)

    TxDOT is OK as a place to begin a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT

    Pros

    Excellent training opportunities, decent benefits, opportunities for high-profile and challenging projects, opportunity to gain relevent experience that allows one to become marketable

    Cons

    Incompetent senior management and bad public relations leads to extremely poor employee morale. Uncertainity as to the future direction regarding size and scope of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all employees and learn about complexity of issues that employyes are dealing with


  9. Engineering Tech

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Technician in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Design Technician in Amarillo, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start for young engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Assistant III in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Assistant III in Houston, TX

    I worked at TxDOT

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Low pressure, decent training courses offered, good exposure, you can choose what you want to work on, they try to prepare you well to become a PE. 8 hours of vacation a month, lots of holidays.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be very, very slow placed - which can make you bored and less motivated. Salary is pretty low, and raises are not easy to come by. They are getting better, but they still have ways to go. Also, there are a good amount of typical disgruntled, bitter state workers. They often asked me why i worked so hard, which was quite discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of lazy people. Give raises based on performance, not bias.



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