Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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Wisconsin Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Positive Atmosphere for learning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    Pros

    Exposure to projects around the state
    Management wants students to learn as much as possible during employment
    Flexibility during school year

    Cons

    Minimal field work. Office positions leave very little room to experience aspects of the company outside the office. Management is willing to allow students to visit sites if the opportunity presents itself

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    I worked at Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a contractor.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are many full time talented people working there. Their Software cycles are well designed and documented. They have lots of buffer time to complete the assignment especially for the full time employee. The Management is good and experienced.

    Cons

    First of all, in DOT you have to follow the path blindly and without applying your mind. There are some projects Leader who worried about losing the power and hold in DOT if you come up with something that is impossible to even think in that direction and for which they don’t have the guts to understand.

    There are some Business Analyst too who don’t know even the basic task of the Business Analyst. Their main motive is to butter the seniors and follow them. And it is universal truth; that the person who has the less knowledge can have lots of ego and this truly describe the person’s attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please go through the ground reality before taking any Action. Don’t rely on any particular person View.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Good Internship

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    Former Employee - Student Engineer Trainee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Student Engineer Trainee in Madison, WI

    I worked at Wisconsin Department of Transportation part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to get experience in transportation engineering. Opportunities in both design and construction administration.

    Cons

    At the time of graduation there was a hiring freeze preventing any chance of turning my internship into full time employment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Friendly workplace

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    Former Employee - Telecom Support Tech Level II in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Telecom Support Tech Level II in Madison, WI

    I worked at Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to grow within the organization, they are always looking to fill positions with quality personnel.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is a bit abrasive, you can't push good ideas pass the red tape which hinders positive results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Out with the old and in with the new! It's time to move into the 21st Century!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great mission done by some good people in a vast bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Wisconsin Department of Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    WisDOT offers great opportunities for working in a large organization of professionals. These opportunities are available in a wide range of skill sets. The projects are complex and serve the public.

    Cons

    The vast size of the agency results in a vast bureaucracy that slows down the ability to accomplish results. Doing well in the job is an invitation for additional duties even when your core duties remain more than enough. The culture can be abraisive.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great work environment and njoyed being an in house developer.

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    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Madison, WI

    I worked at Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, Great work/life balance. Great place to work.

    Cons

    Nothing specific to say.
    I haven't been there for long time so I couldn't say perfectly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    A good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I worked at Wisconsin Department of Transportation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible, smart management
    patient with newcomers

    Cons

    I wasn't very interested in the things we were working with.

  9.  

    A pleasant journey on a creaky steamship in the age of the internet

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Madison, WI

    I worked at Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hours and pace were very relaxed, especially for full time employees. They still get their work done, and there are many talented people working there. Their core systems have been well designed, documented, and maintained by talented employees. They are slow to embrace new technology, but this also means your code could be running for years.

    Cons

    First of all, DOT is all about transportation, software is not their thing. For engineers, it might be a place where you can learn something, but for leading edge savvy developers, get ready to step back in a time machine. Never seen a floppy drive, or realized that modern software would run on antique machines? DOT proves it can be done.

    Luckily for them, the software is as out of date as the machinery, i.e. mostly mainframe apps and ancient Java frameworks. Their current workload is mostly bug fixes and simple apps. Development is complicated by the fact that they are woefully lacking in understanding of modern software development practices such as Agile. Waterfall holds force here. Serious work is outsourced. While the full timers take a relaxed approach to work, they are watching the contractors to make sure they are at their desks. Face time is important. This highlights the fact that the focus is on politics here, rather than a customer focus, and this is a direct problem of the upper management. Also there are many entrenched individuals there who do not want to change, as they would lose power.

    Thus it can be a frustrating place to work if you have any drive or interest in keeping your skills sharp. But if you want a mellow place to work, unchallenging assignments, DOT might be a good fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My recommendation for management, especially upper management, is to look for another job, and let those with the knowledge and skill, and customer focus, bring real change to DOT. This will be difficult, but the great things Code for America has done at the local level show what is possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    A good place for the skilled and patient

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Wisconsin Department of Transportation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    WisDOT is a well-organized agency with a committed and diverse workforce. Daily, I work with people who demonstrate that they believe in what they are doing, and doing it well. I work with people with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. This group of people coming from around the globe results in interesting colleagues.

    Cons

    WisDOT is a large bureaucracy, which means that things cannot necessarily get done quickly. There seem to be gaps remaining in the workforce that result in inefficiency and lost institutional memory. You will not have support staff, which can tarnish one's sense of professionalism and reduce the ability to efficiently get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management seems to be caring of the condition of employees, but with a public entity, so much is outside of its control. A small number of support staff would increase efficiency and give better return on investment to citizens whose taxes support WisDOT.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Friendly workplace, not very rewarding work

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer

    I have been working at Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    Pros

    Lots of time off and flexible work hours are great. Benefits are great even after Act 10 budget repair bill. Good job security. Knowledgeable and friendly staff.

    Cons

    Low salaries and increases (if any), compensated by benefits. Lots of paperwork and forms, not much actual engineering design and breakthroughs. Top heavy management structure. Tough to release bad employees due to seniority structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management are good people, the bureaucracy ties their hands on getting things done. Have individual performance incentive bonuses. Provide interesting work and restructure for more specialized areas instead of general project development and management.

    Recommends

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