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Caltrans Reviews

Updated January 17, 2019
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  • "Slow at times makes day go by slower" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Lack of technology, wages are 30-40% below private sector" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Planner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    very very very flexible schedule

    Cons

    do not have anything to share


  2. "Great Stability"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    Consistent schedule and pay is great.

    Cons

    High turnover in Management makes it hard to keep processes consistent.

  3. "Transportation engineer, electrical"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    good pay, great people, good work life balance

    Cons

    no flex time, lots of new hires


  4. "Environmental Office Chief"

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

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful team and the challenges are never the same

    Cons

    Lots of work (60-70 hours weekly)


  5. "State Worker Life"

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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

    Decent pay, good benefits, family friendly career options

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, slow work environment


  6. "Transportation Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    Low stress work environment, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Slow at times makes day go by slower


  7. "Diverse Experience"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant: Water Quality
    Current Employee - Student Assistant: Water Quality

    I have been working at Caltrans part-time

    Pros

    - Very flexible, employees understand school situation
    - Depending on the engineers you work with, you can start working on projects / reports immediately
    - Employees are open to giving you advice,tips, anything as long as you initiate

    Cons

    - If the engineers you're around aren't keen to giving you tasks, you probably aren't going to gain much from this assistant position

  8. "Good Company if you want a slower paced job"

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    Current Employee - SSA in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - SSA in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very good benefits
    - Excellent management.

    Cons

    -Quiet work environment
    -Slow paced


  9. "Landscape maintenance worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    -stable job
    -good benefits
    -lots of overtime available

    Cons

    -inept management
    -sometimes feels like a cult

    Advice to Management

    -communicate more effectively
    -spend more time in the field


  10. "Love Caltrans"

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    Current Employee - Staff Services Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Services Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working at Caltrans because everyone there love what they are doing and believe in the effective role of the department in every single person living in California

    Cons

    Work location, working in downtown Sacramento is extremely hard. The traffic is bad and the parking is terrible