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Caltrans Los Angeles Reviews

Updated December 19, 2017
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  • Lack of technology, wages are 30-40% below private sector (in 7 reviews)

  • No staff retainment and a hostile management style by top supervisors made a sad work environment (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Engineering Student Assistant"

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    Former Intern - Engineering Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Engineering Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Working Environment for early career.

    Cons

    I didn't feel anything bad about working as Engineering Student Assistant


  2. "Good Job"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is good to work for if you want a stable and secure job

    Cons

    The drive is too far for me as I live in orange county.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Transportation Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoy the people I work with

    Cons

    Lack of trust and support from management

    Advice to Management

    Worker motivation would improve if management provided them with tools to compete such as better equipment and lack of trust in recent years has been demoralizing


  4. "IGR Intern D12"

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    Former Intern - IGR in Irvine, CA
    Former Intern - IGR in Irvine, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The team I worked with was IGR department. They are well organized and attended to detail and quality. Team players, the employees are helpful and attentive to others issues. Everyone was is friendly and welcoming. Hands on opportunity for interns/college students.

    Cons

    No structural training for the interns. Tedious work at times. But they employee are very helpful and most understand this is your first time doing a certain task so they will walk you through the process. It just depends if the person can explain things well.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible management, good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Dispatcher-Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Dispatcher-Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, job stability, retirement compensation great, CalPERS system is extremely helpful for employees, Transfers are an extremely easy process

    Cons

    Bad management, virtually impossible to terminate problem employees, no recognition for excellence, CalTrans HR are impossible to reach directly unless you live in Sacramento

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving problem employees exactly what they want and start recognizing the employees who go above and beyond


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointed in the State"

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    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..


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Upward Mobility Sucks"

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    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.

  8. "Intern"

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    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


  9. "awsome place to work"

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    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


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    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.


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