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Caltrans Reviews

Updated April 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance environment (in 12 reviews)

  • Good Work environment, friendly coworkers (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Slow at times and can be some slow days (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. "Cashier"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in West Covina, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in West Covina, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, good customer service skills gained and management training too. Lots of variation is ongoing in the company, which I m learning too.

    Cons

    There are no specific cons. But sometimes customers behavior like with no manners and try to be not a polite so in that situation don't know what to to.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, low pressure, ok advancement potential, defined duties and responsibilities. If you just want to slide through life, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    A typical politically correct public agency. If you are an in the box herd thinker welcome to your cubical feedlot. Prepare to get fat and stupid and then retire after 30 years.

    Advice to Management

    I gave up trying to advise management. There is no original thought anywhere and never will be.

  3. "Good job, bad career"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Worker in San Leandro, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Worker in San Leandro, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Set schedule. Good job. Easy to promote(when their interviewing). Good benefits. Job security.

    Cons

    Would rather hire new workers then take care of current ones. Bad career. No employee retention. Pay gets messed up and it could take a year or more to get your money back. Everything happens really slow. Work hard or don’t, all pays the same.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees who already know the job and pay them what they deserve rather then just hiring new people who get the training and leave.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Maintenance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, retirement, union, job security.

    Cons

    Run like the mafia. No promotion without connections. Promotions are merely salary increases without increased responsibilities. So many layers of well connected supervisors bully the few workers who did not have the connections to promote. Discrimination based on race and nepotism. Stressful, dead end jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Promote qualified employees from within using objective criteria. End the "promotion in place" scam. Applicant screening and selection needs to be performed by independent third parties.


  5. "employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and money etc

    Cons

    need to promote easier at times


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Planner/Biologist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay/decent benefits. Overall, positive family-like environment.

    Cons

    Gov red tape. Can be slow at times.


  7. "Telecommunications Student Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Great and friendly people, always willing to help.

    Cons

    Location is downtown, so public transportation can be necessary.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "AGPA"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "ROW Agent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are above average, work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Under Payed compared to private

    Advice to Management

    Modernization


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Uneducated employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Ora, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Ora, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are the best of any governmental employees

    Cons

    Racists, non worthy employees don’t like people smarter than the 8th grade.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure Orange County


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