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  1. "What's it like in an engineering driven company"

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    Current Employee - Landscape Associate 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caltrans full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, flexible hours, great work/life balance, never take work home, interesting design challenges, influence on projects can last a lifetime. One of the last agencies to still offer a pension.

    Cons

    The entire design process takes too many years to come to fruition. It's true: too much bureaucracy here. Landscape architects are not respected by many engineers. Management wants everyone to "think outside the box" but too many "chiefs" hamper the creative design process. Too many people afraid of taking risks because either they do not know how, are too lazy, or too risk adverse. Many lazy people who do not perform their jobs. Some of these people are in Senior positions and refuse to allow "thinking outside the box." Zero-low accountability for failed work. Communication and organizational breakdowns from PID, to design, to construction, to maintenance. Promotions are far and few in between, and don't happen for people who actually can do the work, but rather happen to those who are good test takers. Also, many people who just don't care about their jobs and sit around collecting a paycheck - but this is par for the course with a State Agency.

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    Caltrans2019-08-16
  1. "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Caltrans Leadworker 

    I worked at Caltrans part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of fun, challenging work, and good people to work for

    Cons

    Long hours in the winter

    Caltrans2020-02-05
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Tree Maintenance Worker in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safety first is a good principle

    Cons

    No hiring the right experience people.

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    Caltrans2020-01-07

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