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US Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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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
  • need to be constantly aware of of insecure upper management (in 2 reviews)

  • Often too segmented between modes (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on interesting issues.

    Cons

    Like any government agency, can be bureaucratic.


  2. "Good Hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • 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.


  3. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, nice benefits.

    Cons

    Career growth not the fastest.


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  5. "Great place to learn, and a great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed, friendly environment. It's the government, so everyone has solid job security, which I think makes the work environment more enjoyable.

    Cons

    The office location isn't located right downtown, but the area around the office is very nice. Tough to park during Nationals game days, but besides that everything is great.


  6. "Great Agancy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Typical Federal agency with all the ups and downs. Not bad

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to list.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding group of professionals in the Office of the Secretary; Security, Intelligence and Emergency Response."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Security Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very diverse mission set supporting 10 separate administrations. Even though FAA is the size of the HQ and 9 administrations combined.

    Cons

    Funding shortfalls and cross talk between administrations.

    Advice to Management

    Support and empower the young innovators.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "It's a good place to work, and feel good about your work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like all government jobs, the usual perks are (normally) stability, good health benefits, and a good retirement investment opportunity (the Thrift Savings Plan). My co-workers are wonderful, we have an important mission which really helps too. Promotion potential is pretty good up to a point.

    Cons

    The main challenge, again like all government jobs, is Congress waging war on federal workers by freezing our pay for three years. This has resulted in a major loss of buying power in a very expensive place to live.

    Advice to Management

    The hiring of supervisory positions is often based on favoritism. A large portion of supervisors are very bad managers, they are technical people that were promoted beyond their abilities.


  9. 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "About What I Expected"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Talented Professionals Committed to Others"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    DOT is a regulatory agency, most people are experts in their field - even the politicals have several years of experience in the field. You can tell most people love their job & genuinely want to make a difference.

    Cons

    Promotional Opportunity is a challenge because minus the politicals for most of the senior leadership this is their career.


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