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Pros
  • Work is rewarding and good colleagues, and work life balance is quite good (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits , if you are prior military you start at 6 hrs of annual leave per pay period (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Little to no room for growth for anyone not an attorney or engineer (in 2 reviews)

  • No one was ever on the same page and even if you produced exactly what was asked for, it still wasn't what they wanted (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "What can vs. what must be done"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Diverse employee pool, socially beneficial outcomes, decent work programs (such as "details" to other projects), decent facilities

    Cons

    Horrible management, poor task organization, low morale, zero incentive for hard work, lazy people stay and energetic people leave, difficult to team build due to geographic dispersion and functional territoriality

    Advice to Management

    Managing means defining goals, organizing tasks, understanding and properly engaging the workforce, and providing necessary resources, not demeaning, ordering, or obstructing.


  2. "Chemist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chemist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting work, real world impacts

    Cons

    Term limited research opportunities, fumbling communication through official channels.

    Advice to Management

    Expand research and development scope to match mission.

  3. "Good Hours"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The hours were flexible but the decision makers are really dump. If you are lucky enough to know someone so you can become a Fed it is a good place to work. You get decent money and lots of benefits, like 6 weeks of vacation. Also, after a year of employment it is almost impossible to get fired.

    Cons

    Very old culture full of nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Get some fresh blood and not just political hires.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "DOT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Office Automation Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Office Automation Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Transportation as an intern (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, getting paid leave, the opportunity further your training

    Cons

    Supervisors have certain employees they give opportunities to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Management should give all employees the perspective of getting training to advance in other fields.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Office of the Secretary - Information Technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job stability. Very good core group of rank and file employees.

    Cons

    Change is very hard for this organization and resistance is fierce. As such, status quo is encouraged and ambition is met with mistrust and there's no recognition for quality work. Communication is almost non-existant and bosses treat their supervisory responsibilities as extra duties and something they may get to. Senior positions are often filled with trusted individuals that are mostly unqualified for the positions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, horrible leaders"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Transportation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is ok, the DC location is nice, the missions are interesting. The budget is okay could be better. Nice locations for places to eat lunch. There are many parking garages around the building.

    Cons

    Leadership is bad, morale is bad, network, lack of resources, poor team work

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent, adopt servant leadership, be more understanding


  7. "Depends on the team, but lots of red tape, poor management, disengaged employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Transportation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of wonderful tools, learning opportunities and some very smart and motivated people who are truly passionate about their jobs. Find them and figure out a way to work with them and you can be happy.

    Cons

    You may not enjoy working with or around the people who are very concerned about not working one minute longer than their 40 hours, taking more than full advantage of RDO (regular day off) and Remote Work policies (a shame for folks who follow the rules and are productive), take lots of unscheduled leave and actually refuse to learn. Very strange. There is no accountability for bad behavior, a lot of looking for other teams, contractors or circumstances to blame for anything undesirable.

    Advice to Management

    Hold folks accountable, don't just overlook bad behavior. Do the right thing. Set the bar higher and set a clear example of what success can look like.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good enough for government work, right?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good income and good work flexibility

    Cons

    Not alot of work and 40 hours to fill

    Advice to Management

    Work like the private sector and we'll get alot more done.


  9. "Extremely disjointed agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work for US DOT is the core mission of all the modes is to save lives.

    Cons

    The US DOT still works in a vaccum. They have not grasped the importance of collaboration - an extension of partnership. Partnerships in the "real" world are when you share common goals with another agency or organization but use your own separate means to get there. Collaboration is when you work together to achieve those goals. DOT tends to work on an island by themselves and not with others. Another issue with DOT is an aging population who have been placed in management and therefore has positioned others in key positions based on personal preferences. Nepotism is very prevalent in this agency.

    Advice to Management

    It appears that the political appointees of this Administration "gets it". They understand what it takes to suceed and how to structure the organization by employing and retaining a skilled workforce. I hope they are able to keep the momentum to change DOT into the great agency it has the potential to become.


  10. "The FAA USE to be a great Agency to work for and I USE to be proud to say I worked for the FAA."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Roanoke, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Job stability is good.

    Cons

    The new pay scale is horrible and demoralizing. Management does not nor care to have in-depth knowledge of how employees in the lower echelons performed their jobs. Decisions are made with little or no thought as to their ramifications on employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making the DOT so top heavy. Pay attention to employee surveys and RESPOND to the findings. Abolish Core Compensation and put us back in the GS pay scale.


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