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TxDOT Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
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Review Highlights

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

  • Mostly 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    The key is to keep moving and connected.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Always something new to learn...there is no bottom of this pool and the edges are far away. You'll need a buddy system just to tread water in these rough waters.

    Cons

    Moving into the 21st Century...eventually. A little late for me, but they're finally making progress, now that an armada of auditor's and study after study, it's becoming clear where their real problems lie.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Those 600+ recommendations from Grant Thorton was pretty clear. Please keep the focus. Many are counting on you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long term potential if you aren't interested in much advancement or money, unless you are a civil engineer.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of time off potential, especially since they don't pay overtime, and instead earn comp time. If you get fired then you did something completely stupid and unethical because nobody loses their job. Close knit working environment and friendly people. Great place to get career experience to move on elsewhere. Even though the pay is bad, the benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    The pay. If you are not a CIVIL engineer it's pretty much a dead end place to work. Even for non-engineering positions TxDOT tends to hire engineers for. Upper administration makes decent money but regular employees don't. Management doesn't allow much decision making from regular employees and discourages it. The only potential to become a manager is if someone dies or retires. You are an enemy of the public and the media.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees some decision making ability which encourages ingenuity. Something needs to be done about the pay because those benefits that you use to retain people are getting more and more expensive but the pay isn't going up to help.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    fair

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    Current Employee - Engineering Tech V in Gainesville, GA
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech V in Gainesville, GA

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

    Pros

    if you are in the right position you can spend a lot of time with your family

    Cons

    If you are not management or a engineer you do not make any money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay us more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Not bad but can get redundant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at TxDOT

    Pros

    Not too much fear of layoffs

    Cons

    Work can get redundant and can be 8 hours of working on the same thing everyday

  6.  

    Overall, in 22 years, decent place to work and build a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchaser IV in Bryan, TX
    Former Employee - Purchaser IV in Bryan, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very good job security if one performs within agency policy. A number of paid holidays. Very good retirement plan. Generally conscientious employees. Excellent concern for the safety of employees. Both work groups in two different locations, co-workers in one, subordinates in another. Excellent job-specific training across the board, all job groups. Very good vacation/sick leave compensation..

    Cons

    Higher level management not the best nor most competent for their positions. Wages and salaries below comparable jobs in private sector by between 17 and 28 per cent. High turnover in some job groupings due to monetary compensation versus benefit package. No overtime pay: only time off (comp time).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Highest level: exercise more knowledgeable hiring for upper- and mid-management level positions. Reconsider the regional structure and return to district.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Learning

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    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Corpus Christi, TX

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

    Pros

    You learn about highway construction and leadership
    learn to manage project on your own

    Cons

    Is a lot of favoritism, they dont recognize for your work and salary is not that great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Full of learning and experience by being hands on and observing the everyday life of a full time employee.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT

    Pros

    Being able to see how things operate first hand.

    Cons

    No overtime pay, insread transfered to comp-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job especially with the learning experience that we are put through.

  9.  

    Engineering Tech IV

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT as an intern

    Pros

    Being intern is great here. I do not know about an actual work. I also found having holidays a perk. Makes me have something to look forward to when work is mounting up.

    Cons

    There is a lot of interesting people around here. Everything is so outdated and boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be more informed in what is happening at the bottom and not assume things

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good group of folks

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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