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Updated January 10, 2018
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Malcolm Dougherty
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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. "caltrans review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    relaxed and easy and fun

    Cons

    sometimes work is slow going

    Advice to Management

    good job


  2. "AGPA"

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    Current Employee - SSA in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - SSA in Fresno, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to work.

    Cons

    No Cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. "Right of Way Agent"

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    Former Employee - Right of Way Agent in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Right of Way Agent in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Caltrans full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job security, 40 hour work weeks, great benefits.

    Cons

    bureaucratic, low salaries, mindless work and unmotivated work environment.


  4. "GIS Research Analyst 1"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    Solid retirement package if you're interested in working for the State your whole career. Otherwise, benefits and retirement aren't all that they are cracked up to be.

    Cons

    Stagnant workflow (not busy for weeks at a time)
    A commitment to doing things the same way.
    Coworkers not driven

    Advice to Management

    Be up front about how much starting pay will be.


  5. "Transportation Engineer, Civil"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours (depending on supervisor), usually many positions you could transfer into, good benefits, low stress.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, lots of paperwork, no incentive, everything moves slowly, not typically creative

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible and find ways to streamline processes, eliminate waste, encourage independence and creative thinking


  6. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    Steady work, interesting , real civil

    Cons

    many not driven, strict rules


  7. "Chance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caltrans part-time

    Pros

    Benefits, comradery, interesting, Benefits, Benefits

    Cons

    If they pick you luck

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Planner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    Great training opportunities and career advancement options.

    Cons

    Too much turnover, never address poor performers, but simply move them to anoth unit.

    Advice to Management

    Make good hires.


  9. "all"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caltrans full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The one and only great thing are the benefits.

    Cons

    Horrible management, lets the low guy dictate what happens because they are too scared to do their job.

    Advice to Management

    need to look into personnel issues, your system does not work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Highway Maintenance Worker"

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    Current Employee - Highway Maintenance Worker in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Highway Maintenance Worker in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, lots of overtime, good retirement, low stress, good coworkers, 630 to 300 schedule, weekends off

    Cons

    Payroll Department seems unorganized, trouble getting paid correctly as a new employee, no double time after 12 hours due to bargaining agreement

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your employees get paid correctly, especially new hires.


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