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Virginia Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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  • 23% behind private sector in pay (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Self paced, Broad area of experience

    Cons

    Environment: not very friendly environment


  2. "Stable But Unremarkable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    VDOT will always offer a stable job to whoever is looking for it. If you need a job that will always pay you and provide satisfactory benefits, VDOT is the place to be. Your workload will also be manageable enough that you won't have to take anything home with you, even if you work in one of the busier sections.

    Cons

    The career ladder doesn't really exist at VDOT. Usually people apply to different jobs in different sections in order to move up or at least get a raise. Some people have moved horizontally to different hourly positions in the hopes of getting more experience, and that sometimes takes years. One woman who working full time died suddenly and there was a mad scramble among people here to snatch up her position. This isn't the place for young people seeking to actively move up in the ranks.

    Starting out here can also be pretty difficult. Depending on the section you apply to and who runs, training can be minimal to nonexistent. You won't punished for not knowing everything immediately, but expect to spend at least a few months figuring out what's happening around you, especially if you're unfamiliar with civil engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Management is spread so far and wide this will probably fall on deaf ears, but my biggest recommendation would be to create a training program aimed at hiring more young people. Almost everybody at VDOT has a great wealth of knowledge, but don't know how to share it before they inevitably retire and take said knowledge with them.

  3. "a job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Virginia Department of Transportation full-time

    Pros

    learned some of the road ways in nothern va
    its a job

    Cons

    doesnt pay enough
    no benefits
    got a write up for going to the bathroom "too much"


  4. "Flagger and Labor metntence"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodford, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodford, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the job get along with every one

    Cons

    not enough hours need more work

    Advice to Management

    no


  5. "good place to progress in your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good management, great perks and great training opportunities

    Cons

    depending on the location, management could be difficult to work with


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Equipment Repair Technician in Salem, VA
    Current Employee - Equipment Repair Technician in Salem, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and time off are unmatched. Very easy job. Work at ya own pace.

    Cons

    Pay could be better. Raises have to be approved by the General Assembly.

    Advice to Management

    Remember where ya came from


  7. "A lam-dunk"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved the perky females with easy going attitude and pleasing dislocation

    Cons

    Slow pace, not being fully busy

    Advice to Management

    Work your employees harder

  8. "I had fun"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great organization. great co-workers. great benefits

    Cons

    too much red tape. not enough communicationb

    Advice to Management

    flat-line organization


  9. "Facilities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Virginia Department of Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Family oriented, excellent management, awesome director, laid back.

    Cons

    Too many contractor job hires

    Advice to Management

    Hire more full time employees employed through the State


  10. "Roadway design tech"

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    Current Employee - Roadway Design Tech in Fairfield, VA
    Current Employee - Roadway Design Tech in Fairfield, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's an incredible job with great benefits

    Cons

    It can be very different

    Advice to Management

    I really like it


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