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US Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
49 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Proggram Manager

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability, benefits such as group healthcare in retirement and a small pension, and the opportunity to provide a public service

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, micromanagement, reduces pay relative to comparable industry positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves 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 (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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - R/W Specialist in Tifton, GA
    Former Employee - R/W Specialist in Tifton, GA

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

    Pros

    government agency, stable, equal opportunity employer, transportation and road projects, decent benefits, salary, 401k, pension, insurance, medical, dental, vision, short term and long term benefits

    Cons

    non qualified supervisors, no job security, no appeal process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I worked as an intern for USDOT for 2 years on and off.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at US Department of Transportation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for employees, ability to move between departments (if you really want to and bring it up) good benefits and time off, good mentors, great culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes the pace of the work can be a little slow. I would be really bored for a couple of days and have nothing to do and then other days I would be relatively busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, my manager and coworkers were great!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern Inspector in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Summer Intern Inspector in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at US Department of Transportation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, interact with multiple contractors, company vehicle.

    Cons

    Long hours during construction season, then nothing but paperwork during down season, may need to work night shifts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to be creative. Real impact on the transportation system. Great work life balance and proactive telework policy.

    Cons

    Salary is limited by federal regulations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10. 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
  11.  

    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

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