Oregon Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated Jan 7, 2022

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3.5
58%
Recommend to a Friend
53%
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Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matthew Garrett
Matthew Garrett
7 Ratings
Pros
  • "People, mentoring, and work life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • "High job security and good benefits(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "While the state has a lot of great new technology, the internship used older tech(in 3 reviews)

  • "Work environment, very hard to move up, low pay(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Secure place to work

      Jan 7, 2022 - Engineering Specialist in Salem, OR
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Security, benefits, step system for pay increases

      Cons

      They do not match 401k

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Is challenging to not look at other prospects.

      Dec 15, 2021 - Field Inspector in White City, OR
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great benefits which can make up for lower wages. Typically seems pretty cushy but could be as challenging as a motivated person wants to make it.

      Cons

      Plenty of bureaucracy to deal with. Low wages when compared to private sector. Poor management which is somewhat disconnected from lower level functions. Is difficult to communicate with other employees who telework. Poor work culture in which some employees seem excessively comfortable. A significant amount of employees have the same last names which typically suggests nepotism may be an issue. Work place politics can be taxing. I am a graduated engineer, if I were to pursue continued employment with ODOT I would not continue in inspection. I could have done this job without my education. ODOT requires new inspectors to have a BS in some form of engineering, typically civil or mechanical. I am mechanical and found the work to be boring and tedious. Probably depends on where you are at though. Just a note, I have heard that offices in areas other than White City can have quite good management.

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee

      ODOT

      Nov 22, 2021 - Civil Engineer in Springfield, OR
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      High job security and good benefits.

      Cons

      No negotiating pay. Do not reward hard work.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      great benefits

      Oct 7, 2021 - Construction Inspector in Portland, OR
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      good benefits, decent pay, home daily

      Cons

      you work for the government and its a union job so if you do a bad job they usually dont do anything about it.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Excellent

      Sep 9, 2021 - Safety Specialist 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      A very well run organization for any government operation.

      Cons

      The CEO of the state is a total wreck that does not comprehend the gravity of their actions or is simply trying to run the state into the ground so they can run away with their ill gotten gains.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good place to work

      Aug 2, 2021 - Performance Measures Analyst in Salem, OR
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good work life balance, mostly

      Cons

      Promotion is slow and pay is mostly static

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good benefits, a place to grow

      Jul 2, 2021 - Associate Engineer in Portland, OR
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Place to learn a lot and to collaborate on all areas of construction.

      Cons

      Salary not very competitive for the Portland Area

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Government Job

      Mar 25, 2021 - Permit Analyst 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Generous pension, work demand isn't too difficult.

      Cons

      Pay isn't competitive, management can't easily remove underperforming employees.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee

      ODOT Review

      Mar 5, 2021 - Safety Specialist in Salem, OR
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Welcoming staff and welcoming environment

      Cons

      I can not think of any cons

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great Organization to Work For

      Feb 24, 2021 - Land Surveyor 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Excellent work-life balance, retirement, PTO, comp time, and no questions asked about taking time off.

      Cons

      The government red tape can be suffocating.

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