Caltrans Employee Reviews about "private sector"

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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

      Great Job

      Aug 26, 2020 - Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) in San Bernardino, CA
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      Pros

      Excellent work/life balance and job security.

      Cons

      You will be underpaid compared to private sector

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to have a career

      Jul 2, 2019 - Right of Way Agent-Range B in Oakland, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Amazing work life balance. Each supervisor handles things a little differently, but you are allowed to have a life. I am single, but many of my coworkers with children keep this career for that very reason. -Low stress job, you do not take this work home with you ever. -Every holiday off, no one fights you to take time off. People take a month off in the summer/winter holiday time. -I have not once completed 40 hours worth of work in a 40 hour work week-Not overloading your employees is gold. -9/80 Schedule-Means you work 9 hour days and get every other Friday off, incredible option. -Do not have to beg for a raise. Happens automatically until you max out in that position. -Have access to an online masters program through San Jose State University, at an incredible price (under $15,000 for the entire program!)

      Cons

      -Laid back attitude can evolve into sluggish/stagnant environment. -Cheap -Slow to evolve. Everything is paper forms- move to digital. -Wages are stagnated and are at least 20% behind the private sector. Since our salaries are dictated by taxpayers and legislation, our paycheck increases are at their mercy. -Throw assignments at you without proper training. Rotating functions within a department is a pain in the rear. They drag their feet SO bad on requesting and acquiring training sessions for their employees, especially the new ones.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Intern

      Nov 26, 2016 - Student Intern in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Easy going, no stress environment. While my position was unpaid, it seems they take care of their salaried positions. Espec. with pension plans & tenured upward mobility. The building was also nice, and well positioned next to old town. I really enjoyed the specific people that I worked with.

      Cons

      Government work. Most people here enjoy their pensions very slowly. Projects that in the private sector would take a month are clustered with red tape, and dragged on for a half year. My mentor was attempting to update a system in their network and was consistently being met with resistance, even though the project should have been completed a decade before. If you want a stable salary position with no excitement and no difficult work, this is for you.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Exhilarating

      Feb 16, 2014 - Resident Engineer in Kelseyville, CA
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      Pros

      The job is rewarding; its what work is and what work should be. There is a manual for everything. Do the job you are paid to do and you will do well.

      Cons

      They are a Government entity and while the private enterprise gets new computers and software at Caltrans it takes a long time to get new computers and new software. The private sector is ahead of Caltrans employees in this area.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      You get out of it what you put into it.

      Nov 19, 2011 -  in Sacramento, CA
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      Pros

      Many interesting projects Many good people Flexibility and autonomy if you work hard and show initiative Statewide opportunities. Multi-disiplinary work environment - unending challenges if you seek them out.

      Cons

      Pay has not kept up with private sector or inflation over the past 25 years. Too many bureaucrats who don't help. Caltrans is made scapegoat by public and elected officials, often when not to blame. (There is plenty to blame on Caltrans, but often missed.)

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Associate Planner

      Oct 24, 2017 - Associate Environmental Planner in Oakland, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefit package. Flexibility. Retirement compensation. At 20 years-you can retire and get your medical insurance fully paid. If you consider that benefit could amount to $1500 in pre tax benefits-you’ll understand why people’s stay here when the place is full of bottom feeders and lacks modern technology

      Cons

      Hostile creepy people in some departments. Lack of technology, wages are 30-40% below private sector. Org is run like mafia. Filthy building, consultants try to compete for your work, no advancement.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee

      It sucks to be a state worker

      Feb 17, 2011 -  in Sacramento, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      you are not demanded to work 60 hrs a wk or come in over the weekend just because. friendly people family friendly

      Cons

      pay sucks. i got paid the same as 10 years when i worked in the private sector. you are always under the gun that you are paid too much when you are underpaid significantly. you got no respect from people.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Environmental Planner

      Jan 12, 2016 -  in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits. Flexible hours. Good people to work with. Steady and reliable work.

      Cons

      Compensation not up to par with private sector for non-engineer employees. Seems like every process is overly bureaucratic. As with all state jobs... structure is very outdated.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Equipment operator 2

      Sep 23, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Steady reliable income, medical benefits, job security

      Cons

      Opposite of private sector, being the harder smarter worker doesn't pay off..... It's a boy club

      3 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Caltrans review

      Apr 26, 2018 - Senior Transportation Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits and stable work hours.

      Cons

      Upper management salaries not comensurate with private sector.

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