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US Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated May 30, 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. "Director, Infrastsructure Finance and Innovation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work with senior officials on new infrastructure development projects

    Cons

    Not enough time in the day to get to all of the requests

    Advice to Management

    Develop a policy to incentivize the repatriation of US dollars for infrastructure development


  2. "Overall Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Transportation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved the people that I worked with, there were the normal bureaucratic processes that were annoying but people generally tried to help and navigate the process with you. Good benefits, solid salary and great building at HQ.

    Cons

    Upper management was often disorganized and made conflicting requests. The "why" of requests was never explained and so you often had to guess at what people were wanting. Not a ton of flexibility in my department for work from home/ flextime.

    Advice to Management

    Listen, listen, listen. Sometimes they are just an echo chamber within the front office and don't reach outside for advice or solutions. Sometimes there was a "gotcha" attitude instead of an attempt at positive problem solving.

  3. "Good"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at US Department of Transportation as an intern

    Pros

    Good place and nice people

    Cons

    It will be good to use new technologies


  4. "ServiceCenter Operations Team Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to gain knowledge in all area's of IT.

    Cons

    They do not time out their project lines, project are pushed at the beginning of the budget then drop due to lack of funds


  5. "Computer & information Systems"

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    Former Employee - Computer & Information Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Computer & Information Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Transportation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great environment. Great benefits. Locations in every state and territory.

    Cons

    Much of the work is contracted out. Hands on is becoming rare.

    Advice to Management

    Federal workers instead of contractors is better because of their dedication and long term investment. Security is better also. Contract workers have short term interest in organizations they work for. Here today gone tomorrow. Contract employees may create and possibly implemented 5, 10, 15 year programs. However, their dedication is to the company that employs them, not the long term program they help create and implement. If you value dedication security and the belief that tax payers money is better in the hands of workers, than in the offshore bank accounts of CEOs, hire more Federal workers.


  6. "Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Chief Counsel"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is rewarding and good colleagues, and work life balance is quite good.

    Cons

    In 2015-2016, lots of turnover, and loss of valuable experience and personnel, which negatively affected morale and work productivity. Several FRA senior managers and SES personnel lack railroad expertise and effective leadership skills, including key positions in Administrator's office, Office of Safety, and Office of Chief Counsel.


  7. "DOT"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity and benefits. Well compensated.

    Cons

    Some positions are difficult to obtain do to being a government job.

  8. "Electronics Technician"

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    Current Employee - Atss in Suffolk, VA
    Current Employee - Atss in Suffolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good training, benefits, and management

    Cons

    Managers must be knowledgeable on Labor Relations, OPM, and Human Resources Policies, and work well with Union

    Advice to Management

    Know your regulations, orders, and Union Contracts and policies and/or Memorandum of Agreements


  9. "Customer Specialist Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Customer Account Specialist Supervisor in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Customer Account Specialist Supervisor in Boca Raton, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and promotional opportunities.

    Cons

    ability to multi-task is necessary due to consistent changes and growth.


  10. "IT professional"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Roseville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits , if you are prior military you start at 6 hrs of annual leave per pay period. Tutition reimbursement for qualifying classes. Paid training.

    Cons

    It is the government so any decision move very slowly. Advancement is almost impossible unless you want to move to Washington DC. Some managers are more about saving face and looking good then solving issues.

    Advice to Management

    Promote those who do a great job and listen to your people even if they are not in DC


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