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IDOT Chicago Reviews

Updated March 5, 2017
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  • Slim prospect of gaining full time employment due to state budget cuts as well as little incentive due to lack of pension promises (in 2 reviews)

  • A lot of downtime, easy, boring and repetitive work, a lot of backlash from the public, environmental hazards, have to spend a fortune on sunscreen (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "intern"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analysis Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analysis Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IDOT (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nice place to work and learn

    Cons

    nothing i can think of right now


  2. "Good benefit and you can learn if you want to"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IDOT part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good break time , not that stressful

    Cons

    Too much paper wok and work is repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    change your system of time reporting / clocking-in from paperto electronic


  3. "Highway maintainer"

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    Former Employee - Highway Maintainer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Highway Maintainer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Almost impossible to get fired. Can forget about work at quitting time and not think about it again until you report for work on the next scheduled day

    Cons

    Constantly changing job descriptions, transferring employees to facilities that are short handed whenever they feel like it.


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  5. "IT Internship"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IDOT as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are always available and willing to help. I learned more in 1 year than I could have learned from 2-3 years of university study. As a workplace experience, this is excellent. The projects are not particularly difficult to become a helpful teammate in. Work environment is laid back, almost too laid back. If you show you are eager, you will be trusted with more aspects of a project. If you are still in college this is an excellent opportunity to learn and I recommend this for you highly, but if you are looking to build a career I would look somewhere else.

    Cons

    There is a lack of urgency in the company, many times you will be faced with a lack of a complete project outline or even a goal. Looking for the right person to answer your question is considered bothersome and often times you won't feel like you are being heard and the workplace culture is bogged down by older people who lack passion for their work. Many times you will be asked to deliver something impractical, and when you point out flaws you are told, "well that's what they are asking for so that's what we're giving em". Then late in the project it turns out you were right and you are asked to rewrite a fundamental part of your program who's functional requirements should have been set in stone in the very beginning (thisl happen multiple times on the same project and nobody will listen to you because you're an intern and nobody in the IT department believes in a formal Engineering Use Case modeling philosophy, Project requirements are laid out by word of mouth and ends up in a, "no what I meant was, well I said... but you said..." debate.) and then your supervisor wonders why it took so long to do. Sorry for the rant.

    Advice to Management

    Just because there is no competition in a government job, doesn't mean its not within everyone's best interests to fire people who are worthless. It breeds a a workplace dynamic where people are coddled because their sighs and complaints are the loudest and where appearances and hierarchical entitlement trumps actual real work.


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    "Great exposure to transportation engineering..."

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IDOT (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, but a lot of exposure to various transportation projects, agencies and the whole project process. Work life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    Consultants do a lot of the work and you are very much an observer.


  7. "Office Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IDOT (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn new things. The majority of the employees are willing to share information and work well together as a team.

    Cons

    Being viewed by the public in a negative light.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Pay more attention to your Non-Engineering staff.


  8. "Civil Engineer"

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    Former Intern - Civil Engineer Trainee in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Intern - Civil Engineer Trainee in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work outside, overtime is time and a half, good money, causal dress, work in teams of experienced engineers, opportunity to get your tan on.

    Cons

    A lot of downtime, easy, boring and repetitive work, a lot of backlash from the public, environmental hazards, have to spend a fortune on sunscreen.

    Advice to Management

    Hire less engineers and save a butt-load in taxpayers money. Many of the engineers are talented, but become lazy as their is too little work for the amount of personnel.


  9. "Good experience but red tape is there"

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    Former Intern - Engineering Technician I in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Engineering Technician I in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn about construction process
    Was a very hands on experience
    Was given real responsibility
    They try to put you on a job location that is relatively close to your home
    Pay is good

    Cons

    Sometimes there are periods when there just is no work. These times are excruciatingly boring.
    A little old fashioned when it comes to technology
    Some people just take the whole "state worker" mentality too far. It's a little disheartening seeing people just being lazy. Still, when there is no work to complete you really can't blame them.


  10. "WORK PROCESS"

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    Current Employee - .NET Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - .NET Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    allignedWITH THE REST OF THE INDUSTRY

    Cons

    too slow to keep up with technology

    Advice to Management

    keep the good work


  11. "Good place to settle.. but ZERO growth..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at IDOT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    easy work
    work/life balance
    flexible
    time off- SWEET
    pay decent

    Cons

    outdated technology
    must get everything passed by springfield in order to move forward
    can treat temps poorly
    some people think they have seniority and can treat people any which way they like..
    special treatment for Civil Engineers and upper management.. if your not an engineer, your not looked at twice..

    Advice to Management

    update technology
    hire other employers who are not engineers
    allow more growth opportunities
    allow temps the opportunity to become permanent



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