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Caltrans Right of Way Agent Reviews

Updated Aug 8, 2019

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Right of Way Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    While at Caltrans you are afforded the opportunity to explore the many different aspect of right of way and real estate in general. Agents are often given a degree of discretion that is not found in the private sector. The employees at Caltrans are great - everybody is willing to help out whenever necessary.

    Cons

    income for Right of Way Agents at Caltrans lags behind similar positions with other private and governmental entities. Also, the union that you are required to join mostly represents general labor positions which weakens your position when it is time to negotiate.

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    Caltrans2016-11-29
  2. "Typical Government Agency"

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    Former Employee - Right of Way Agent 
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caltrans full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a an easy job and have access to rotate to many other sections. Great benefits. Low stress Stable

    Cons

    Boring. Lazy people don't ever get in trouble or fired. If you do your work, and are known to do things quickly and efficiently, you'll get double the work with the same pay; but this speaks to most of the State agencies as they are unionized. Low pay

    Caltrans2019-08-08
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Right of Way Agent"

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    Former Employee - Right of Way Agent in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Caltrans full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Job security, 40 hour work weeks, great benefits.

    Cons

    bureaucratic, low salaries, mindless work and unmotivated work environment.

    Caltrans2018-01-10
  4. "Senior Right of Way Agent"

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    Current Employee - Senior Right of Way Agent in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and older pension plan. New employees that are not at the top of the salary range receive regular salary increases.

    Cons

    New employees have to wait a couple of years to get pension. New pension is not as attractive as previous version.

    Caltrans2017-08-02
  5. "Caltrans Associate Right of Way Agent"

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    Current Employee - Associate Right of Way Agent in San Bernardino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best reason to work here is mobility. You never need to get bored unless you choose to. Many divisions to rotate through and learn. Job security.

    Cons

    It's a total different mindset from the private industry. You will need to adjust. Salary increases are slow and it is below the current market.

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    Caltrans2015-07-11
  6. "Great place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Right of Way Agent in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    On the job training and great benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge depending on your schedule

    Caltrans2014-07-23
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Ok place to work if you're interested in property appraisals, acquisitions, utilities, planning, airspace, etc."

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    Right of Way Agent in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caltrans

    Pros

    Unique setting that offers the opportunity to learn a broad array of property-related skills and more. Some members of the staff and management are decent, friendly, competent people. Working hard and playing ball may get noticed and rewarded. Average benefits & pay, especially when you reach Associate level. Lots of paid holidays. Reliable merit pay increases, vacation, and sick time. State vehicles to drive. Nice building with a credit union and cafeteria on the ground floor.

    Cons

    Many agents leave for better-paying jobs with counties or cities. If you're not interested in the technical aspects of property assessment, you'll be bored. The Right of Way Manual is about as dense and dry as it gets. There are some bad apples, dead wood, and incompetents among staff and management. Trust and morale are not high. Creativity and proactivity are not necessarily rewarded. Budget cuts make training, advancement, and new hiring opportunities few and far between.

    Caltrans2011-11-14
  8. "Caltrans is a fine place to have a career."

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    Associate Right of Way Agent in Eureka, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Caltrans

    Pros

    It allowed me to raise a family in a beautiful area of California (redwoods, coast, mountains) with a decent salary and benefits. My work with the public and co-workers is satisfying for the most part. I am just a short way from retirement.

    Cons

    Some of the middle-management are not so competent. In the last ten years a lot of the environmental regulating agencies and new laws involving eminent domain are making work a lot more difficult and less satisfying. A lot of it is a horrid waste of time and public money.

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    Caltrans2008-10-03
  9. "Was a very professional productive place to work"

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    Associate Right of Way Agent 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans

    Pros

    Provides an opportunity to learn and practice a variety of real estate skills at levels of experience not available anywhere else.

    Cons

    The quality of the work and the level of experience of the management staff has greatly declined as has the number of experienced and qualified staff in the department.

    Caltrans2011-10-05
  10. "good place to work"

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    Right of Way Agent 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caltrans

    Pros

    great RW seniors - very knowledgeable and helpful, flexible schedule, independent work environment (not micromanaged), 40 hr work week, some travel but not too much

    Cons

    some long-time employees are not motivated the way the younger crowd is, dealing with property owners can be stressful and difficult

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    Caltrans2011-06-07

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