Caltrans Reviews

Updated May 18, 2020

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Caltrans Director 	Malcolm Dougherty (no image)
Malcolm Dougherty
73 Ratings
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  • "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 11 reviews)

  • "Wages are stagnated and are at least 20% behind the private sector(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great Pension and Upward Mobility"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Environmental Planner in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work on alot of cool projects and gain great work experience

    Cons

    Progress is often slow on projects

  2. "Caltrans Review"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time

    Pros

    Job security. Rotation program for new employees.

    Cons

    Not up to speed with teleworking.

  3. "Solid job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is solid, coworkers are cool for the most part; old timers can be a little grouchy. easy to transfer

    Cons

    Caltrans is still stuck in the 90s as far as technology. They still file docs in folders Politics everywhere

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  4. "Student Assistant"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Student Assistant 

    I worked at Caltrans part-time

    Pros

    Great Experience, great environment, all around GREAT

    Cons

    No parking, Far, Management was difficult at times

  5. "Great Organization"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Stability, Great Benefits and Retirement

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, but nothing major as such

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful company."

    5.0
     

    I have been working at Caltrans

    Pros

    Stability, great leadership, career progression and being a civil servant.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility, a lot of red tape, archaic processes and low salary.

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  7. "Great job"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Caltrans Leadworker 

    I worked at Caltrans part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of fun, challenging work, and good people to work for

    Cons

    Long hours in the winter

  8. "Very disappointing"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Going for walks, interesting projects

    Cons

    HR treats people like trash

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Ok"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tree Maintenance Worker in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Safety first is a good principle

    Cons

    No hiring the right experience people.

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  10. "Working at Caltrans"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good to be an employee of Cal trans for 19 years!!

    Cons

    Night work, if you are afraid of night work this is not place for technical person.

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