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  1. "GREAT START TO ENGINEERING PROFESSION!"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer II in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer II in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at State of Georgia Department of Transportation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to get experience. Especially, for those that are completely new to working for a engineering business. Pay is decent, depending on your financial debt and area you live in. Benefits are okay. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    It seems as though the only location where you can advance and grow as an engineer is in Atlanta. If you are in any other district you will never get the opportunity for go through rotations. Some districts still have the "good ol' boy" system, which keeps employees that are more experienced and licensed to advance. Some offices are still working off a 1990s system, i.e. UPGRADE THE FLEET. Some area offices get more work than others. GDOT also has a high turn over of employment. Employees often leave after months of working here.

    Advice to Management

    Tap into your resources and value your employees. Once you understand the importance of GDOT being ONE each district will prosper. Develop a better training method for employees straight out of college. Find other ways to grab the attention of the younger crowd so they will be motivated to maintain a career with the Department. KNOW YOUR CROWD! All training should be available to every employee to help with cross training.


  2. "My experience over the years was very good when I first started working with this company but now it is not good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at State of Georgia Department of Transportation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair benefits very good leave for vacations and time off very nice coworkers to work with and get along with on the job

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement very high turnover rate very low pay it is horrible pay not a raise in over ten years for the most part hardly any or no training the lower level employees needs more training for lower level employees

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to wake up and smell the roses for a change start paying there employees more money because if not they will continue keep losing more employees and they need to care more about your employees
    out there employees and stop keeping the raises we need to get and overtime too and do a lot more training for there employees like equipment operating training just upper management is a joke for the most part.

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    "The DOT is stuck in the 20th century"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    The DOT offers flexibility and time, rather than financial rewards. If you're willing to move up slowly and work inefficiently, the DOT is not bad. And the senior management do value smart people--they are just few and far between. Training is excellent, and benefits are quite good. You will almost always work only a 40 hour week. And the location of the downtown Atlanta office is good; its right in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Easy to commute to, and the parking deck is near Georgia Tech's football station, so its easy to get to the games. Reasonably diverse employees, although very old-fashioned bureaucracy.

    Cons

    The Bureaucracy is all--it will overwhelm you. Nothing gets done without going through unnecessary paperwork. The checks and balances are somewhat necessary for civil engineering projects, but many of them could probably be automated. And the number of things that are still done by hand are mind-numbing. Engineers are made to do CAD work for their entire first year on staff, because the dept. won't pay for CAD operators--when those would in fact be cheaper and more efficient. And the worst part of the place is the people who aren't up to snuff. Their are too many people who get promoted without deserving it, and who do a terrible job as managers.

    Advice to Management

    Work on automating a lot of the work--use Excel for calculations and have standardized spreadsheets, use predrawn blocks for CAD items. And standardize these throughout the organization, rather than having vastly different "best practices" in different design teams.