Caltrans Reviews

Updated May 11, 2021

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91 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good benefits and a good place to get your class A(in 27 reviews)

  • "Great folks and a positive work environment(in 26 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Some co-workers are not as focused as others but as long as it is not creating a hostile work environment, I'm okay with it(in 12 reviews)

  • "You will be underpaid compared to private sector(in 10 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Transportation Engineer

      May 8, 2021 - Transportation Engineer in Vidal Junction, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great company to work for

      Cons

      Have not get cons yet.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Caltrans EP

      May 6, 2021 - Environmental Planner in Fresno, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Very flexible with taking time off A lot of training opportunities Opportunities to try different roles and work on a variety of projects

      Cons

      Somewhat less merit based regarding upward mobility; more important to know the departments vision Less pay than private companies Health benefits could be better; no PPO plans

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Calrans operator 3

      May 11, 2021 - Equipment Operator III in Fontana, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      great retirerment and pay and vaction time

      Cons

      equipment not the best and the state does things not normal

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Design III Engineer for Central Region

      Nov 18, 2020 - Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      You can get your job done in half the time they give you

      Cons

      The majority of the engineers aren't hard working. They go around talking to others and waste a few hours a day doing nothing. 25% of the engineers carry the project. The other 75% do as much work and give effort that is equal to someone that should be making $15/hr. New hires come in wanting to do more, but lose desire because coworkers and some seniors have stopped caring and give the minimum amount of effort. There is no incentive to do more. You have to write in your hours and request hours from project managers, almost like we are working for McDonalds. CALTRANS has failed the design team by not providing any equipment for teleworks (ie work cellphone, laptop, monitor...)

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      As an intern I have enjoyed working here. Matt and Mary are awesome!

      Apr 5, 2021 - Student Assistant-Software Developer in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      I have learned so much from this internship. Gain so many skills and love the work life. Very friendly staff.

      Cons

      No opportunity for growth or permanent position.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great job!!

      Apr 21, 2021 - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Fresno, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Great work and experience. Great coworkers and benefits

      Cons

      Management decisions and changes and some coworkers are not passionate.

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great people

      Apr 11, 2021 - Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Steady work, even during pandemic for most.

      Cons

      It can take a really long time to get picked up by the state or promoted.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good place to work

      May 4, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It's a good place to work.

      Cons

      The agency is too large.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Highway maintenence worker

      Apr 8, 2021 - Highway Maintenance Worker in Sylmar, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits and retirement are awesome

      Cons

      Not really any cons icon think of

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great Opportunity for Growth

      Apr 7, 2021 - Associate Environmental Planner 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Opportunity for growth and stable environment

      Cons

      It can be boring and slow paced

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