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US Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
42 Reviews

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    Office of the Secretary - Information Technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job stability. Very good core group of rank and file employees.

    Cons

    Change is very hard for this organization and resistance is fierce. As such, status quo is encouraged and ambition is met with mistrust and there's no recognition for quality work. Communication is almost non-existant and bosses treat their supervisory responsibilities as extra duties and something they may get to. Senior positions are often filled with trusted individuals that are mostly unqualified for the positions.

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

    Great people, horrible leaders

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Transportation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is ok, the DC location is nice, the missions are interesting. The budget is okay could be better. Nice locations for places to eat lunch. There are many parking garages around the building.

    Cons

    Leadership is bad, morale is bad, network, lack of resources, poor team work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent, adopt servant leadership, be more understanding

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Depends on the team, but lots of red tape, poor management, disengaged employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of wonderful tools, learning opportunities and some very smart and motivated people who are truly passionate about their jobs. Find them and figure out a way to work with them and you can be happy.

    Cons

    You may not enjoy working with or around the people who are very concerned about not working one minute longer than their 40 hours, taking more than full advantage of RDO (regular day off) and Remote Work policies (a shame for folks who follow the rules and are productive), take lots of unscheduled leave and actually refuse to learn. Very strange. There is no accountability for bad behavior, a lot of looking for other teams, contractors or circumstances to blame for anything undesirable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold folks accountable, don't just overlook bad behavior. Do the right thing. Set the bar higher and set a clear example of what success can look like.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Unfufilling work with little reward

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Highly rated agency with good benefits and good opportunity for engineers.

    Cons

    Little to no opportunity for individuals outside of engineering. Additionally, bickering between offices causes mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good enough for government work, right?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Transportation

    Pros

    Good income and good work flexibility

    Cons

    Not alot of work and 40 hours to fill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work like the private sector and we'll get alot more done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Extremely disjointed agency

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation

    Pros

    The best reason to work for US DOT is the core mission of all the modes is to save lives.

    Cons

    The US DOT still works in a vaccum. They have not grasped the importance of collaboration - an extension of partnership. Partnerships in the "real" world are when you share common goals with another agency or organization but use your own separate means to get there. Collaboration is when you work together to achieve those goals. DOT tends to work on an island by themselves and not with others. Another issue with DOT is an aging population who have been placed in management and therefore has positioned others in key positions based on personal preferences. Nepotism is very prevalent in this agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It appears that the political appointees of this Administration "gets it". They understand what it takes to suceed and how to structure the organization by employing and retaining a skilled workforce. I hope they are able to keep the momentum to change DOT into the great agency it has the potential to become.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I did not do anything today and I still got paid because I work for the State.

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    Current Employee - Auditor
    Current Employee - Auditor

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation

    Pros

    - Flexibility
    - Benefits
    - Can show up late and leave early

    Cons

    - Management incompetent
    - Pay is based on seniority not performance
    - Many slackers
    - Boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees based on performance not age or seniority. Reward employees when doing above standards. Discipline slackers. Implement efficient training program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The FAA USE to be a great Agency to work for and I USE to be proud to say I worked for the FAA.

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    Current Employee - Administrative  in  Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Roanoke, VA

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Job stability is good.

    Cons

    The new pay scale is horrible and demoralizing. Management does not nor care to have in-depth knowledge of how employees in the lower echelons performed their jobs. Decisions are made with little or no thought as to their ramifications on employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making the DOT so top heavy. Pay attention to employee surveys and RESPOND to the findings. Abolish Core Compensation and put us back in the GS pay scale.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start or end a career

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    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The work is important; the skills learned can be used anywhere; quality of life balance..

    Cons

    Pace of work is slow; technologies are quickly outdated; given last few years, federal service is not the place to build a career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's already been said many times that federal pay and promotion attitudes are decades out of date.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    About What I Expected

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    Current Employee - Correspondence Management Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Correspondence Management Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    As a federal job, it has probably been easier to transition into it from the military. It is easy to pick up the job tasks.

    Cons

    The work does not require much from the employee. The focus is on time physically in office versus actual work put in. The pay appears to be less than the national average for the work performed. Inherently, there is no room for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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