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US Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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US Department of Transportation Secretary Of Transportation Elaine Chao
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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. "Poor management, got out what I put in"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Transportation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to learn a great deal due to the component's need for me to multitask. My immediate supervisor and the majority of the team I worked with were amazing. A lot of potential.

    Cons

    Senior management in my component was clueless and unreasonable. 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. Little to no room for growth for anyone not an attorney or engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Get in the same page! And cut some of the bureaucratic red tape that is so unnecessary and counterproductive to the public and all initiatives. If you want to keep good employees, provide paths for advancement.


  2. "Automation Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Mostly great people to work with, and a relatively positive environment. I enjoyed the work and getting to work with a diverse group of professionals within several "branches" of the department I was selected to work.

    Cons

    As an intern, a LOT of work was pushed my way that really had NOTHING to do with the job title/description I was hired to do. I was hired as an "Automation Specialist;" a term that is used VERY LOOSELY apparently in the federal government.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites. If someone is qualified to do a job, allow them to do it. And obviously, help "interns" get permanent work if that's what they're seeking because you're getting first-hand knowledge of their skills set.

  3. "Great Location"

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    Former Employee - Front End Web Developer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Front End Web Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Transportation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great People. Great location. Friendly people. So many new restaurants just opened. I love my lunch time walk on by the waterfront.

    Cons

    Work place can be a little loud.


  4. "Liaison-Program manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, telecommute option, stable government entity more or less

    Cons

    Management has an aversion for decision making, slow hire and promote, not many opportunities for growth

    Advice to Management

    Work on empowering managers to make decisions and trust your workforce more


  5. Helpful (1)

    "About What I Expected"

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    Current Employee - Correspondence Management Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Correspondence Management Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a federal job, it has probably been easier to transition into it from the military. It is easy to pick up the job tasks.

    Cons

    The work does not require much from the employee. The focus is on time physically in office versus actual work put in. The pay appears to be less than the national average for the work performed. Inherently, there is no room for advancement.


  6. "Good experience as a student intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Intern in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    As a student intern they let me choose my own schedule. I worked with the budgets and loved my work until I did it so fast that I had nothing to do.

    Cons

    Leadership has problems. Nothing ever gets done by the deadline. Several unneccessary meetings. Small company that no one outside the company is familiar with. Very slow paced.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Proggram Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability, benefits such as group healthcare in retirement and a small pension, and the opportunity to provide a public service

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, micromanagement, reduces pay relative to comparable industry positions

    Advice to Management

    Back off

  8. Helpful (1)

    "GDOTDOTDot"

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    Former Employee - R/W Specialist in Tifton, GA
    Former Employee - R/W Specialist in Tifton, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    government agency, stable, equal opportunity employer, transportation and road projects, decent benefits, salary, 401k, pension, insurance, medical, dental, vision, short term and long term benefits

    Cons

    non qualified supervisors, no job security, no appeal process


  9. "Good learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern Inspector in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Summer Intern Inspector in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Transportation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, interact with multiple contractors, company vehicle.

    Cons

    Long hours during construction season, then nothing but paperwork during down season, may need to work night shifts


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Frustrating, but personally satisfying work."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Development Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Talent Development Officer in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are resilient to too many political appointees, fifedoms, and overall ineffective government bureacracy, you will do well here. They have (in most areas) great work-life balance like telework, flexible work, and all. The senior leadership is pretty nice, but there are typically a lot of levels in between.

    Cons

    Poor first-line supervision, disengaged employees, unmotivated learning and development attitude, and an overall lack of strategic planning at the middle levels.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your people. Try to avoid having money go directly to the program offices without skimming funds for the agency (OST) to use for training and development. Trust me, you need it.


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