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Caltrans Reviews

Updated June 30, 2017
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Pros
  • friendly, good experience, work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Public service, good work, good work environment (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Compensation not up to par with private sector for non-engineer employees (in 6 reviews)

  • Budget cuts kept salaries and upward mobility low leading to employees' low morale (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "good"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Oakland, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly, good experience, work life balance

    Cons

    no parking, slow work, bureaucracy,


  2. "Terrible management, good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Dispatcher-Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Dispatcher-Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, job stability, retirement compensation great, CalPERS system is extremely helpful for employees, Transfers are an extremely easy process

    Cons

    Bad management, virtually impossible to terminate problem employees, no recognition for excellence, CalTrans HR are impossible to reach directly unless you live in Sacramento

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving problem employees exactly what they want and start recognizing the employees who go above and beyond

  3. "It was okay"

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    Former Employee - Office Technician ( Typing) in San Leandro, CA
    Former Employee - Office Technician ( Typing) in San Leandro, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Caltrans full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and retirement.
    Can work or transfer to any county.
    Pay is decent.
    HQ near Subway- Busses best place.

    Cons

    Male dominated rigid MGMT style
    Anti union (most workers are union)
    Employee jumped from 15th floor
    in my bldg.
    Shop environment is not best place

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up on the management style.
    Support all rank & file


  4. "Stable but not an ideal place to grow."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Caltrans full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not a lot of pressure, casual environment stability. I enjoyed working directly with the communities and local representatives. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Caltrans can be very slow moving and it is easy to get caught up in the slow pace of the way things move there.


  5. "Dispatch"

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    Current Employee - Office in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Office in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of free time, state benefits (health, dental, pension)

    Cons

    Favoritism/nepotism is rampant, sexual harassment/hostile work environment is also rampant even though the dept policies in place, a lot of lazy employees, good work goes unrecognized, lazy workers are not reprimanded, supervisors don't take any action against bad employees

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that have integrity & not lazy, Also, do background checks on prospective employees.


  6. "Very very poor upper management to lower management in San Bernardino"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bernardino, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bernardino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and Co-workers who are not easily manipulated by management are very nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Terrible management. A lot of discrimination, favoritism, retaliation, and nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Quit abusing your powers and treat all employees with respect instead of targeting them to set them up to get fired or forcing them to resign. If you are a target, BEWARE.
    This advice will not make any difference, but is wishful thinking.


  7. "Disappointed in the State"

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    Current Employee - Landscaper in East Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Landscaper in East Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    That you have a job..and the coworkers are good people

    Cons

    That Management is terrible...caltrans has to much...racism, nepotism, and favoritism...if they don't like you they make up lies to get you fired...

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where you started...and remember we all have families to take care of...treat rank and file with dignity and respect..

  8. "Upward Mobility Sucks"

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    Current Employee - Office Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Office Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Centralization (access to busses). Flexibility. Pays the mortgage.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement. Work goes unrecognized. If you are not an engineer, you are usually out of the loop for work recognition. It doesn't matter how much time or effort you have put in. If you are not part of a circle or don't kiss enough bump, you will have a hard time. Too many politics.

    Advice to Management

    Look also at the bottom of the totem pole. You may find some talent.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Petty, Vindictive, and Ignorant"

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    Former Employee - AGPA in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - AGPA in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Caltrans (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some staff care about the work they produce.

    Cons

    Upper management is incompetent. Run the Department based on emotions instead of intelligence.

    Advice to Management

    Stop simply collecting a pay check and give two licks about the people of California.


  10. "Caltrans review"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Public service, good work, good work environment

    Cons

    less guidance on career advancement, no recognition of talents

    Advice to Management

    Managers should focus on employees career growth, training and recognize them with kudos


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