US Department of Transportation

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US Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work on transportation policy issues

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    Former Employee - Deputy Administrator  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Deputy Administrator in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Transportation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people, the location and the benefits made working at DOT a good place. Commuting benefits were also very good. Location on the metro and bus lines made getting to work much easier.

    Cons

    It is difficult to get promoted into the SES core as there are many qualified candidates and not enough positions. Best chance for promotions seems to be minorities or people with several degrees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    keeping a job

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    Current Employee - Human Resource Specialist  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resource Specialist in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    easy to follow job description and so on

    Cons

    need to be constantly aware of of insecure upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just do what you are told

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating, but personally satisfying work.

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    Current Employee - Talent Development Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Talent Development Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation

    Pros

    If you are resilient to too many political appointees, fifedoms, and overall ineffective government bureacracy, you will do well here. They have (in most areas) great work-life balance like telework, flexible work, and all. The senior leadership is pretty nice, but there are typically a lot of levels in between.

    Cons

    Poor first-line supervision, disengaged employees, unmotivated learning and development attitude, and an overall lack of strategic planning at the middle levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your people. Try to avoid having money go directly to the program offices without skimming funds for the agency (OST) to use for training and development. Trust me, you need it.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Perfectly fine.

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation

    Pros

    The DoT is very public transportation accessable as the Navy Yard metro station is right across the street. The neighborhood is constantly improving.

    Cons

    It is a pretty typical government agency; sometimes I'm hindered by the bureaucracy, but as compared to the DoD it is downright entreprenuerial.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    IT Program Management

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation

    Pros

    Flexibility in time and location of the workplace.

    Cons

    Lots of paperwork to get anything accomplished.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    Cool work, crazy hours, bad managers

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    Former Employee - GS11  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - GS11 in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at US Department of Transportation

    Pros

    *The projects are very interesting
    *The non-management people are brilliant and fun
    *Transportation issues are important
    *Location is good - near the subway, Esplanade, MIT
    *Hours are very flexible - core hours are 10am to 3pm.

    Cons

    *Management is capricious, ignorant, and inefficient
    *Paperwork can be tedious
    *Pay is relatively low
    *The benefits are poor
    *Building is old
    *Everyone shares offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take your stress out on your workers. Overworking everyone is not a sustainable business model.

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Training process is a jock

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mather, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mather, CA

    I worked at US Department of Transportation

    Pros

    Great pay
    Good benefits
    Lots of down time

    Cons

    Horrible training
    Management is useless
    Lots of down time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least pretend you care

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Depends on where you are in your career...

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist
    Current Employee - IT Specialist

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation

    Pros

    Advancement of lower level employees is very fast up to a certain point. Benefits in general are very good in any government agency, DOT is no different. Generally enjoy the work environment.

    Cons

    Training budget is very limited to keep employee skills up to date. Some of the 14s and 15s are very lazy and hold up projects for long periods of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that more weeding out of individuals who are unwilling to perform up to an expected standard for their grade level is needed.

    Recommends

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