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Caltrans Los Angeles Reviews

Updated April 2, 2017
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Malcolm Dougherty
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Pros
  • friendly, good experience, work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Public service, good work, good work environment (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • The biggest downside of working at Caltrans is the low pay (in 6 reviews)

  • Compensation not up to par with private sector for non-engineer employees (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Better than expected for a government job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Engineering Student Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Current Intern - Engineering Student Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Caltrans as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sufficiently fast in hiring process. I guess it depends on the supervisor you have, mine was responsible and sufficient.
    Job wise: For an intern, I actually get treated very nicely, everybody is willing to teach me anything I don't know and should know for the job. I get to go to the job site to learn, which is a really good opportunity for me.

    Cons

    Security system is way too strict. I guess it is expected when you work for the government.Other than that, I haven't seen too much cons. Everybody seems to work hard and responsible.

    Advice to Management

    We don't get very well equipped for necessities like coffee, water... I think it's because they try to minimize the social critic such as "we're abusing the people's tax money" but I still hope to see an upgrade on that. Not the biggest issue.

    Computers are a little outdated.


  2. "Disappointed in the State"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Landscaper in East Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Landscaper in East Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    That you have a job..and the coworkers are good people

    Cons

    That Management is terrible...caltrans has to much...racism, nepotism, and favoritism...if they don't like you they make up lies to get you fired...

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where you started...and remember we all have families to take care of...treat rank and file with dignity and respect..


  3. "Upward Mobility Sucks"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Office Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Centralization (access to busses). Flexibility. Pays the mortgage.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement. Work goes unrecognized. If you are not an engineer, you are usually out of the loop for work recognition. It doesn't matter how much time or effort you have put in. If you are not part of a circle or don't kiss enough bump, you will have a hard time. Too many politics.

    Advice to Management

    Look also at the bottom of the totem pole. You may find some talent.


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  5. "Intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caltrans part-time

    Pros

    Good Environment to work in

    Cons

    No cons at this company

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  6. "awsome place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Highway Maintenance in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Highway Maintenance in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caltrans as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    stress free workplace great hours

    Cons

    medical and dental plans sucks a little pricy

    Advice to Management

    keep workers safe


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Right of Way Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Right of Way Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    While at Caltrans you are afforded the opportunity to explore the many different aspect of right of way and real estate in general. Agents are often given a degree of discretion that is not found in the private sector. The employees at Caltrans are great - everybody is willing to help out whenever necessary.

    Cons

    income for Right of Way Agents at Caltrans lags behind similar positions with other private and governmental entities. Also, the union that you are required to join mostly represents general labor positions which weakens your position when it is time to negotiate.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder at securing parity pay for agents. Current wages are not enough for the cost of living in Los Angeles. It seems unfair that the bulk of the work for the State is done in Los Angeles yet agents in more rural parts of the State where there is far less work and the cost of living is considerably less get paid the same.


  8. "Position Control Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Position Control Analyst in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Position Control Analyst in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being that it is a government job and you work for the state you get the benefits and the hours are good.

    Cons

    The only cons that I can think of is that you had to be really focus and prepare to multi task

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible to trainees


  9. "The state"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work with good hearted people. Lots of employee camaraderie, helpful knowledgable coworkers. Very stable employment with good advancement possibility.

    Cons

    The effects of budget cuts trickle down to this level quite severely. The slow and plodding pace of working in a bureaucracy can at times be very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    There's so much red tape in trying to get simple things done that it makes accomplishing anything very time consuming and costly.


  10. "CalTrans Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EIT in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - EIT in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Field work opportunities. Excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    The field offices are bungalows.


  11. "Environmental Planner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Caltrans (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible hours. Good people to work with. Steady and reliable work.

    Cons

    Compensation not up to par with private sector for non-engineer employees. Seems like every process is overly bureaucratic. As with all state jobs... structure is very outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Take notes from trends in private sector.


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