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Caltrans Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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  • Compensation not up to par with private sector for non-engineer employees (in 6 reviews)

  • Slow at times and can be some slow days (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Planner in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Environmental Planner in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upward mobility, training, diverse, they care about their employees

    Cons

    Competitive, a lot of professionals, pay parity


  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. "unit manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    a good place to work

    Cons

    nothing bad to say, there is no bad thing to say about the company

    Advice to Management

    management should keep up the good job


  4. "Executive Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    Permanent, stable, local, Corp, large

    Cons

    no room for growth, large, Corp,


  5. "AGPA"

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

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

    Pros

    Stability, able to see the results of what we do on the roads

    Cons

    Pretty political. Friends actually call me to ask why a freeway is backed up!


  6. "Office Technician"

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    Current Employee - Office Technician in San Bernardino, CA
    Current Employee - Office Technician in San Bernardino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (health, eye and dental). Also good retirement benefits. This is the only pro working for Caltrans. Wish I had more pros to write about.

    Cons

    Terrible management. I do not like to leave negative reviews but feel I have to let people know what to expect.
    Have seen discrimination and major harassment including sexual harassment against certain employees. Employees who have come forward all of a sudden were fired.
    Management sweeps it under the rug and acts like they are above the law as to cover it all up. Pls. Beware as once you work at Caltrans you pretty much give up all your rights.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like you are above the law and start respecting and helping the employees who come to you for help with the terrible harassment instead of sweeping it under the rug.


  7. "Associate Information Systems Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work, not dull. Some good managers who are supportive.

    Cons

    Too many micro-managers. Unrealistic job requirements

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees and get them training as needed for new technologies. Do not micro-manage, train them and let them do their jobs.

  8. "Transportation Engineer (Civil)"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High concentration of highly trained / accomplished Civil Engineers in ONE building (Design Center). Work with PhD's, experts.

    Cons

    When work is slow, it's not fun for someone with a lot of adrenaline.

    Advice to Management

    Terminate more employees.


  9. "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


  10. "Great State Agency"

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    Current Employee - Staff Services Analyst
    Current Employee - Staff Services Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to promote. Great facilities and training, better than most state agencies.

    Cons

    Typical state bureaucracy and politics.


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