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TxDOT Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "This is not the place for you unless"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    A number of paid holidays.
    Very good vacation/sick leave compensation.

    Cons

    Your experience can vary greatly depending on what group you are with and who your manager is, verbal threats, blatant lies, misleading information

    Heavy favoritism is prevalent throughout the organization.

    Lack of integrity and ethics.

    Good old boy system is deeply embedded within this organization.

    I t does not matter how good you are at your job you're not going to get a raise unless you're a member of the clique.

    If you're okay with somebody else taking credit for your work and your accomplishments, then this is the place for you.

    Issues discussed in confidence with HR tend to leak back to the wrong people.

    It's a hostile work environment for outsiders, you'll find out that unless member of these cliques that you're not welcome in this organization. Its a conniving work place where people get what they want and justify any and everything to that end.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many good coworkers. Some areas offer telecommuting. Has offices in every county. Generally one of the better-paying state agencies in TX.

    Cons

    Agency uses forced-ranking system (for performance appraisal). Favorites get highest ranking, regardless of utility to the organization, or individual productivity. Many useless workers get away with doing almost no work. Abysmal management, most of which are political appointees hired to not let laws or ethics get in the way of accelerating and pushing road projects through. The two running the division I was in are skirt-chasers who show favoritism in pay and promotion for young, relatively attractive females.

    Advice to Management

    New governor needs to clean house. An outside efficiency expert (think 2 Bobs from movie "Office Space") truly needs to evaluate all positions for what each employee actually does, is responsible for, and whether their respective position is genuinely essential or can be eliminated. There needs to be more promotion from within. Allow upward employee reviews (and votes of confidence) of supervisors.

  3. "Tech 1"

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    Former Employee - Tech I in Midland, TX
    Former Employee - Tech I in Midland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Got do welding repaires on equipment and was certified in welding

    Cons

    Never let me drive the dump trucks untill it was too late the management was never orginized properly there were to many on going desputes and arguments among the employèes and with upper management

    Advice to Management

    Get your priorities in order, take beþer care of your employees and make sure your puþing people on the correct adsignmemts so that they are better trained and prepaired


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Disfunctional TxDOT IT Division"

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    Former Employee - Business Relationship Manager
    Former Employee - Business Relationship Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Not a one that I an think of.....the only saving grace is some of the people who work there...they are good people left to fend for themselves. No training, no career path nothing.

    Cons

    Poorly lead organization with no strategic outlook and an inability to execute due to the relationship with NTTData (a Japanese owned company). The vendor has a captive revenue stream and continually rapes the tax payer with continual up-charges.

    Advice to Management

    Quit outsourcing. Get a Strategic leader that is a REAL leader. Let your employees do their jobs. Dont reorg the divisions 8 times in 2 years.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Favoritism run AMOK + engineers rule supreme."

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    Current Employee - Process Inspector in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Process Inspector in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    TxDOT offers a good benefits package, ample vacation/sick time, and a stable job where you could feasibly work for the rest of your working life.

    Cons

    TxDOT, even though a PUBLIC sector company, fancies itself an engineering firm. This having been said, if you are not following an educational civil engineering path you can all but forget about career advancement. Important areas such as IT, accounting, and Business Admin. are secondary and even tertiary to engineering. Also, performance takes a backseat to preference when it comes to fair performance evaluations. If you ask questions be prepared to one day take a knife out of your back.

    Advice to Management

    There is a reason TxDOT is getting such a bad rap and it's not because of the regular employees. Retirees are leaving in record amounts. My advice is just because you have a title does not mean you are ENTITLED. Just like the independent audit stated recently "start rewarding the performers and stop ignoring the problem makers". If, in fact, we are supposed to provide topnotch service to the public, such service needs to start in-house.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Favoritism, nepotism, engineer-centrism, and to a lesser degree, tenure, are the names of the game here."

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    Former Employee - Lab Personnel in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Lab Personnel in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They do have good health benefit, sick leave, and vacation leave days.

    Cons

    If you are not an engineer, part of the "good ol' boys or GIRLS club, or related (PROTECTED) by a person in an upper position, you can forget about moving up. TxDOT has the mentality that being an engineer means you can also MANAGE people which is obviously (go ahead and ask any younger to middle-aged NON-engineer and ask them if that's true) not reality.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen anyway.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing in recognition of diligence, respect and lack of advancement in salary raises."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with the public to help them get answers to their questions and action for their needs when something needs attention on the 80,000 miles of roads maintained.

    Cons

    A great deal of favoritism and cronyism exists while favorites are recognized and advanced and concern for other employees is practically nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate equality of pay for equal work among employees and to encourage supervisors to be more fair and even-handed.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good at first, but it devolved into more difficult as I was forced into an unwanted transfer."

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    Former Employee - Information Specialist II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Information Specialist II in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are provided, a professional attitude.

    Cons

    Sometimes a hard won position can be negated by computer upgrades and you could be sent into a Quota-mad work section.

    Advice to Management

    As long as management continues to work with quotas, quality will ALWAYS suffer, and the efforts of safety-minded data will be tainted.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Micro management in Communications"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, half hour three times a week to work out

    Cons

    Micro management, inability to be flexible and think creatively, lack of candor, fear-based and reactive rather than proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Let your people have some latitude esp. if they have proven themselves and have great ideas.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Only if you're desperate."

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    Current Employee - General Engineering Technician/Engineering Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - General Engineering Technician/Engineering Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only pro for engineering technicians is job security.

    Cons

    Culture revolves around creating the appearance that everything is working well.
    Clueless management at every level.
    Spineless management at most every level.
    Micromanagement (depends on the office).
    Lack of integrity and ethics.
    Lack of consistency in processes between offices.
    Low pay doesn't keep up with today's cost of living.
    Weak raises.
    Government run.
    Work to pay ratio are too far out of balance.
    Behind the curve in technology though they are trying to catch up (at least the Houston district)

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue.
    Grow a spine.
    Integrity and ethics: learn and apply.


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