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  1. "Dedicated employees, mixed management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation Design Engineer III in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Transportation Design Engineer III in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Maryland State Highway Administration full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a commitment to maintaining a good roadway network, relaxed dress code, great benefits, opportunities to work other disciplines.

    Cons

    At SHA your experience really depends on whether your management is more interested in great roads or keeping their jobs. Good managers really support and invest in their people, bad ones play games and refuse to take any position that could be unflattering.


  2. "Too big to generalize"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    + Opportunity for public service
    + Generous leave
    + Job security
    + Pension (but keep in mind 7% of your salary will be deducted to help fund the pension, which will pay you about 40% of your annual salary when you retire)
    + Some fairly good training opportunities

    Cons

    - Low prestige (everyone loves to take pot shots at state employees)
    - The good people tend to leave
    - Salaries not competitive with the private sector (in many occupations)
    - The pension system is not as generous as many other states' and is much less generous as the Federal retirement system
    - Low morale and high turnover in some key offices/divisions
    - Most of the interesting work is done by consultants while many SHA employees just process the paper work
    - Loyalty to your superior is usually more important to competence
    - Salaries do not keep up with inflation
    - There is a very strong trend of employees contributing more to benefits that provide less in return


  3. "Transportation Engineer V"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Good Pay
    Generous Leave Policy

    Cons

    Micromanaging
    Office politics
    people fail up
    Good Old Boy System at work


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Maryland State Highway Administration as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed Environment and good amount of people

    Cons

    No flexible schedule, poor team work environment


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great to work here 1-6 years!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Design Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Transportation Design Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Maryland State Highway Administration full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefit for engineers 0-6 years experience. Good for training, project experience.

    Cons

    Extremely volatile workforce, extreme workload, inexperienced management, lack of career opportunities for mid to senior level engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Needs are for people oriented transparent leadership and an organizational culture that is performance driven. Reward staff for their talent and allow growth by direct support from within the management.


  7. "How It Is"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Maryland State Highway Administration as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, nice group of people.

    Cons

    Low pay rate, could be a little higher.

    Advice to Management

    Advocate for higher pay rate.


  8. "It was a fun exciting experience and easy work to do."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geo Technical Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Geo Technical Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Maryland State Highway Administration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, Everyone really got along.

    Cons

    The job i was working was sub contracting out and they got rid of my department.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "MDSHA provided me with valuable internship experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Structural Engineering Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Intern - Structural Engineering Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Maryland State Highway Administration as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My co-workers provided a positive office environment, and they provided in-depth feedback on my work. I worked on a lot of interesting projects, and I always enjoyed working outside of the office while performing inspections.

    Cons

    Given that MDSHA has so many subdivisions, it was often difficult to find the right person for help when a problem would arise.


  10. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Maryland State Highway Administration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fall back work culture. Very good people and some passionate teams. Innovation in the IDS team and HHD group. .....

    Cons

    IT Department should improve better with more transparency. A central unified system of information should be designed and implemented.


  11. "Solid choice for training and benfits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Design Engineer IV in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Transportation Design Engineer IV in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    The training, opportunities for advancement, benefits, and work life balance are the best in the industry. This is the best of the best when comparing to other state agencies and quite a number of private firms.

    Cons

    You do get paid on the low end compared to the big engineering firms, but I believe the benefits and training make up for it. It can be frustrating at times because there is a lot of dead weight at the state, people who don't do much and just show up for a paycheck. But if you are driven, you will work with some top notch people and keep moving up.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead weight, it brings everyone down. Communicate with employees more frequently. Give employees flexible work hours.



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