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Colorado Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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  1. "CDOT TM1"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Steady work with good benifits

    Cons

    some employees of large organizations will always have bad attitudes


  2. "Typical Government Job"

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    Former Employee - Professional Engineer I in Pueblo, CO
    Former Employee - Professional Engineer I in Pueblo, CO

    I worked at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Retirement, Lots of great people to work with, and a steady 40 hrs a week. Even when the economy takes a turn, its a very stable job.

    Cons

    Unfortunately as a government agency, they promote laziness because there is very little reward for top performers, and pay is below average for the industry


  3. "Engineering Contract Writer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Management is wonderful to work for

    Cons

    The Job doesn't pay that well


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    "Transportation Construction Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Professional Engineer I in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Professional Engineer I in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability and security, don't have to work excessive hours, salary is good, promotional opportunities are available and opportunities exist to obtain diverse experiences within the organization, including working in different areas of the state.

    Cons

    There is little consistency throughout the organization regarding construction management practices. Sometimes lacks good training practices when changing positions and many times there is no succession plan.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid hiring individuals from outside the organization who do not have organization experience for program management level positions. Promote to those positions from within.


  6. "Pretty decent employer"

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    Former Employee - EPSA III in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - EPSA III in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Department of Transportation part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Genuine folks who seem to care about the jobs they are doing and their personnel
    Reasonable work hours, salary, and access to new equipment and vehicles

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy means it takes time for even simple tasks/requests to be rectified.
    Some way to recognize part time workers and move them into permanent positions is needed.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up processes so they do not take so long


  7. "Plowing is unpleasant, so is getting Carpal Tunnel. Work here means you get hurt!"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Maintenance Worker TM I in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Transportation Maintenance Worker TM I in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paid holidays, but you don't get to enjoy them with your family if it snows. More opportunities for advancement than in the private sector, if you're dumb but likeable and skilled at buttocks-kissing.
    If you get hit by a distracted driver and killed, your family will get insurance money. However, if you get hit and only injured, Risk Management will conspire with Workers Comp to force you out.

    Cons

    No future here, because within 10 years CDOT will be switching to contracting services presently done by employees. Plowing snow sucks badly - currently everyone gets sent to plow I-70, and the plowtrucks don't have chains. When you slide off the road, you get thrown under the bus unless they send someone to cover it up. Plow shift dispatch is a soup sandwich, expect to get called out last-minute on Christmas and then not called out again the whole month so you don't make any overtime. Half the time your plowtruck doesn't have decent tires, headlights or wiperblades, and one of the foremen thinks it's funny to glue the radio dial to his favorite station (a sucky one).

    During the day, you do backbreaking dangerous work, like grinding stripes off pavement and affixing new stripes. They don't tell you when you get hired that the grinders are supposed to be hooked up to an industrial vacuum or else the fine particulate dust will penetrate your respirator and give you silicosis and/or lung cancer. They also don't tell you that the pavement grinders will give you carpal tunnel and/or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome because CDOT never issued you PPE anti-vibration gloves, or follows the manufacturer's warning to limit grinder exposure, rotate work assignments, use PPE, and operate only on a flat, level surface.

    Night work right before holiday weekends is dangerous, because drunk drivers are out and CDOT doesn't bother to do safe lane closures with LEO cars like they're supposed to. This night work is done solely because foremen want the whole holiday weekend off. This is when new hires get hit and killed, and the foremen are busy watching YouTube videos in the shop.

    When you get injured or contract an occupational disease, Risk Management arranges everything so you get fired. There isn't any Modified Duty for Return To Work, and risk Management tells the authorized treating physician to give you a bogus restriction, like "no use of power tools" or "no exposure to dust". Then, the secretary tells you "Sorry, you can't return to work with any restrictions. Bye bye!"

    Advice to Management

    Please contract a Workplace Safety Analysis firm to conduct a thorough review of present workplace conditions, and create an appropriate protection plan for workers, including Ergonomic Assessment and Equipment Dust Containment.

    Also, please standardize Snowplow Dispatch Procedures so drivers can plan their sleep schedules, in accordance with standard CDL requirements. And put chains on the plows before some family in a minivan gets hurt and the media exposes the hypocritical implementation of the "I-70 Mandatory Chain Law" CDOT lobbied for. The media would be all over it, and you wouldn't be able to just blame it on the poor schmuck driving the snowplow.


  8. "Equipment operator / snow removal"

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    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Dillon, CO
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Dillon, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. State job. State benefits. Plenty of promotional opportunity, or transfer opportunity. Multiple locations. Most of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Down time can be a struggle to keep busy. Payroll is done only once a month. Overtime is paid a month late. Can be dangerous because of drunk drivers etc.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let inexperienced people do mechanical repairs.


  9. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Golden, CO

    I worked at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I learned things about construction that I had not known before

    Cons

    very stressful about small matters


  10. Helpful (2)

    "It's government, expect politics to interfere with your job"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Pay rate is decent, this is the only Pro

    Cons

    Colleagues are sullen, angry and not team players because of the politics, trying to get anything done takes forever, if you want to add value to the system you are kidding yourself because they don't want value they just want a body who will do what they are told, facility is in need of updating especially the parking lot - sad because this is CDOT who manages the roads but can't manage their own parking lot, benefits are not great, supervisors are terrible and out for themselves

    Advice to Management

    Get your nose out of the upper managements backsides and try to mentor and stimulate the growth of your people and the department. Ignore the politics and focus on the job.


  11. "Environmental Trainee II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Colorado Department of Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Awesome work environment. Great mix of office and field work. Definitely fun and you learn a lot.

    Cons

    Not everybody that is there is willing to help you easily because you are young. But if you are eager that will help you.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more freedom and not micromanagement.



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