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Maryland State Highway Administration Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  1. "Personnel Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Maryland State Highway Administration full-time

    Pros

    Staff and open door policy of most managers

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for flexibility in scheduling


  2. "No Promotions based on merit"

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    Current Employee - HS Manager in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - HS Manager in Hanover, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engineering excellence, government regulations apply, transportation system

    Cons

    Worst HR in government, no promotions, education not considered for promotions, engineers make terrible managers

    Advice to Management

    ReTrain engineers who make it to management, Hire educated people, promote from within

  3. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company, great for future.

    Cons

    Nah. Just not enough space for rest.


  4. "Real Property Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Real Property Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Real Property Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Maryland State Highway Administration full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Love the work, and the benefits.

    Cons

    Hate the atmosphere, petty and catty co-workers, micro-managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to pigeon carriers and instigating employees. Investigate for yourself.


  5. "Intern at SHA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Maryland State Highway Administration full-time

    Pros

    Great environment. Everyone is friendly. Work is not overwhelming

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other engineering interns.

    Advice to Management

    Let the interns shadow you more.


  6. "Settlement coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Generous leave and insurance, located in the middle of the city

    Cons

    Bias management, there is definitely favoritism and office politics constantly going on.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  7. "Depressing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maryland State Highway Administration full-time

    Pros

    Not many. Very large organization. People individually are kind but easy to feel lost in large bureaucracy. Location is sketchy.

    Cons

    Dirty work environment. Lots of deadwood that should be thinned out. Very difficult to make an effective difference.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to workers concerns.

  8. "Transpiration Engineer III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relax environment. You get to experience different engineering fields and Technics.

    Cons

    political environment and continuous training gets boring after awhile.


  9. "Dedicated employees, mixed management"

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    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.


  10. "Too big to generalize"

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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


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