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US Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
40 Reviews

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  1.  

    Perfectly fine.

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

    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
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    IT Program Management

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in time and location of the workplace.

    Cons

    Lots of paperwork to get anything accomplished.

    Recommends
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  3. 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

    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
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  5.  

    Cool work, crazy hours, bad managers

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

    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.

  6.  

    Extremely disjointed agency

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

    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.

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    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
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  7.  

    Training process is a jock

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

    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
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  8.  

    Depends on where you are in your career...

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist
    Current Employee - IT Specialist

    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
  9.  

    Young engineers should come to NHTSA/DOT, great pay, great benefits, great place to GROW!

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    Current Employee - Safety Defects Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Safety Defects Engineer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Working in the National Vehicle Safety (NVS) part of NHTSA can be extremely rewarding because you are overseeing the safety of the general public, by reducing highway traffic injuries and deaths. Some particular jobs involve vehicle crash testing. The pay promotions and benefits are excellent. Transit benefits are including, approximately $150 per month to use the metro. Salaries for entry level engineers start from GS7 and move to a GS9 in one year, then GS11, GS12, GS13 every year. A GS14 is possible after some time and some special projects. GS15 is for management. and SES levels are possible for upper managements like Office Directors and Administrators. The promotions are mainly based on time in service over performance, but it is important to work hard and make your managers happy with you because they approve or dissapprove your promotions. Every year there is a inflation adjustment of 3-5% in your salary regardless of a promotion or not. You are entitled to the TSP retirement program and there is 5% matching contribution. Health, dental, vision is available. Our division also allows telecommuting (working from home) twice a week as well as RDO's (rotating days off) (i.e. a friday or monday of every other week off).

    Cons

    Occasionally you may have to work with a disagreeable manager who isn't fun to work with but the majority of the people at NHTSA are pleasant, helpful and independent. It is a calm atmosphere and people do a good job and there is usually low stress. Sometimes, you will have to accomplish a task quickly, but this is not too hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all people are being treated fairly.

    Recommends
  10.  

    One of the best US federal agencies to work for in the transportation industry.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    If you want to acquire experience from a National level, it is the place to be! You get a lot of exposure on the transportation industry. From a working level, the agency offers average salaries, but the benefits are the best. Good opportunities for getting training and experience.

    Cons

    very limited positions at the field level. Mobility and relocations are a must (their culture) to get a promotion. If you are the mobile type, this is for you. The best locations are the hard to get. A lot of competition. Even working at the government, there is a culture and you will know soon if you have been welcomed to the family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep the employees informed of top level decisions.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Plan on making at least 125K to have a safe, civil life in DC.

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    Current Employee - Cartographer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Cartographer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Flex schedule & doing work that matters.

    Cons

    It is easy to reach you peak grade level and have no upward place to go. Unless you grew up here and don't know better it's a horrible region to live with no quality of life. There is no place good to live. If you live close in plan on being a victim of crime. Come to DC area and take a good look around before you take a job. Go to the grocery store in the community you plan to live to get a vibe. If you want to live someplace civil and plan on commuting a long way. In this town it seems the government gives everybody the same quality of life you work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

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