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Conndot Reviews

Updated April 1, 2017
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  1. "Great atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conndot full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good networking, learn the basics of project management, can get exposed to many types of engineering practices, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Pay rates are standardized non negotiable, upward mobility is limited after several years, tendency to have siloed business processes in many areas.

    Advice to Management

    Work to over time limit new hires and be able to train more quickly the existing new hires to handle project engineering tasks including more project engineer titles to support more projects.


  2. "Slow paced."

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer I in Newington, CT
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer I in Newington, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Some employees are passionate. There are work small units and lots of supervisors. This can be a con as well.

    Cons

    The department is bureaucratic. You get promoted based on tenure, not merit. Things are very slow to change. Some employees are lazy.

    Advice to Management

    Tear down silos

  3. "Opressive Social club"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A good place to learn.

    Cons

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the place to build the American dream, well, unless you're a woman, minority, or both.

    Lack of diversity, evenly distributed promotions, and very little work/life balance, makes the work environment a very isolating and strange place to work. Once you work here it consumes your soul, and nothing else matters. I have seen this happen to many people, it's like you're frozen in time.

    Males go on to get promotions and get married, meanwhile women slave under rigid, chauvinistic management and are treated like property. For some employees work is like a social club, whereas for others work is tough and grinding. A majority of employees wake up late, drive nice new state cars, tour the state, and fraternize all day. All on Connecticut's budget. Meanwhile the rest of Connecticut is working a typical nine to five trying to make ends meet.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a drastic overhaul of the hiring/promotions process and how the DOT operates. PE and managers should only be of certain age. Employees should be pushed to mature in their work and private life, not wade in immature behavior.

    A true manager wants to see their employees grow and mature, not be idle, docile, and weak. They invest in every facet of their being and identity. This is how true professional relationships are formed, not by selectively investing in certain individuals. I hope this environment improves and gives the state of CT a reason to be generous with the state budget because I'm not seeing one.


  4. "Engineering Position"

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    Current Employee - Rail Officer
    Current Employee - Rail Officer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conndot full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are unbeatable and there is a decent amount of job security.

    Most managers are very good about flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance in the State system. The Department of Administrative Services does everything it can to prevent advancement to save money.

    No matter what department you are in at Conndot (or any State agency really), everyone is going to hate you. There is a definite stigma for State workers that gets wearing. I do everything I can to help the public with their requests and everyone still just assumes that I am a lazy State worker and I don't do anything all day.

    Advice to Management

    The management is very hit-or-miss. Certain managers/supervisors are extremely helpful and are very supportive. Other managers are just awful. You learn very quickly to circumvent certain managers just to get things done.


  5. "Summer Worker Position"

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    Former Intern - Traffic Engineering in Newington, CT
    Former Intern - Traffic Engineering in Newington, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Conndot as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Environment, Professional, Educational, Easy going, Long walk breaks, great advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Low pay wage, no benefits yet


  6. "Overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newington, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newington, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training and opportunities to learn from experienced coworkers.

    Cons

    Promotional opportunities are limited to senior counterparts retiring.


  7. "Engineer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wethersfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wethersfield, CT
    Recommends

    Pros

    The benefits are unbeatable and extremely secure

    Cons

    I was often bored with assignments

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Tone in Agencies is set by Governor; so some were good, some bad"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Newington, CT
    Former Employee - Manager in Newington, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Conndot full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Public service provides carrer-long opportunities for employees to focus on doing good work, improving their skills, and knowledge, being efficient, thinking and acting in the best interests of the citizens of the State of Connecticut. Most everyone is devoted to the service mission of the agency.

    Cons

    Public service agency where about half the employees are blue collar and half are white collar, which makes for a strange organization. Over time, lowest common denominator (worst behavior in employees) is reflected in policies and rules of the agency. Most governors centralize decision making, reducing manager authority to lowest level (Can's Approve Anything, only can Disapprove or Recommend Action to higher level). Salaries and benefits are good, even in high cost State, so golden handcuffs keep people from leaving.

    Advice to Management

    The agency should be a better place to work than it is. Great mission but agency budget has increasingly poor balance between non-personnel and personnel resources, where legislators, OPM and the Governor have ratcheted down non-personnel budget elements to unsustainable levels. Management needs to get training for itself and to reinstitute delegation of authority to lowest possible levels of organization. The Commissioner is from New Jersey, so does he even know there is a problem?


  9. "Inspector's view of ConnDOT."

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    Current Employee - Inspector in Thomaston, CT
    Current Employee - Inspector in Thomaston, CT
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The experience is the best reason, but also the benefits that are included really make the job very marketable.

    Cons

    The salary is a bit below what is expected. I also think that it is very difficult to get promoted based on your performance with ConnDOT.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management has been good so far, I would like them to increase the payscale so that ConnDOT can be as competitive as the private sector.