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Updated Jul 3, 2022

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Cool job

    Jun 22, 2022 - Construction Worker 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Cool job there always work to do

    Cons

    They pay once every month

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Different Factors to consider

    Jun 25, 2022 - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Oakland, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to gain work experience. New Civil Engineers are placed on a mandatory rotation which gives them a chance to see different divisions within Caltrans. Great Benefits, Vacation, Paid sick leave etc.

    Cons

    Although some divisions are always busy, overall things run slow. The procedures of most things are "the way it's always been done" which cause delays and lagging. More than half of the employees have over 20 years experienced and a lot of them are unwilling to change the way they do work to adapt to newer policies that make sense to the younger hires. Often Student assistants that work during their summer breaks (furthering their chances of future employment) are children of current employees of Caltrans, which gives them a leg up, versus someone who has to go through the normal/lengthy application process to get a job.

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  3. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Okay

    Jun 15, 2022 - Senior Transportation Planner 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Overall, it’s a great place to work at with lots of training opportunities, good benefits, and job stability. Having a good supervisor makes or breaks your experience here. Thankfully, I’ve had great bosses mostly. A lot of the cons have to do with resources and processes.

    Cons

    There’s certain activities you’re not allowed to do to protect the public perception of a State agency. This results in lack of resources and support for team building activities. There may be lack of resources and tools to do certain duties asked. You do what you can with what you have. Sometimes support from HQ is lacking and they push a lot of unexpected last minute work onto the District offices on top of normal workload. This may be due to bureaucracy and politics which may push out dates so it can’t be helped but this results in a lot of overtime for the Districts to rush and meet their deadlines. There may be a few bad eggs that drag the team down and make it harder for supervisors.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Transportation Engineer

    Jul 3, 2022 - Transportation Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, training/personal development, and work culture. Plenty of different jobs and departments to move around internally for a good personal fit. Currently on hybrid telework schedule.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and forms/paperwork.

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    A “Conflicted” Workplace

    Jun 21, 2022 - Senior Transportation Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    If you are looking for good pay and benefits, a great diversity of work, and WFH as the norm - Caltrans will meet those needs.

    Cons

    Like most large entities, the lofty goals are not in alignment with the day-to-day work. It is too easy for slackers to be the norm.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great Opportunity for Growth

    Jun 8, 2022 - Office Chief 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Schedule, telework is now more common depending on your position.

    Cons

    Some positions can be overwhelming with workload in comparison to others. Additional resources would be great.

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  7. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Review of ARE role

    Jun 27, 2022 - Assistant Resident Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting projects, great resources for learning.

    Cons

    Office culture is very dysfunctional.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Good

    Jun 14, 2022 - Picking Up Trash in Byron, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    good employees to work with

    Cons

    Very long commutes to work

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Amazing work and great pay

    Jun 5, 2022 - Transportation Engineer (Electrical) 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, good benefits. The work is very balanced as long as you get your tasks done.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Awesome job

    May 31, 2022 - Right of Way Agent in Stockton, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to telework, growth opportunities, good pay and benefits, awesome team.

    Cons

    I have no downside to working here... Maybe besides that the hiring process is lengthy, so when short staffed, it takes quite a while to have the positions filled.

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Caltrans has an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5, based on over 573 reviews left anonymously by employees. 89% of employees would recommend working at Caltrans to a friend and 74% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Caltrans employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.1 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Caltrans. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

89% of Caltrans employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Caltrans 4.3 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.9 for culture and values and 4.2 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Caltrans to be coworkers, career development, benefits and the cons to be culture, management, compensation.

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