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Washington State Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated November 29, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance was fantastic because the government doesn't really allow overtime" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Very Convenient location, Great benefits" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Goverment jobs come with rare benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State Department of Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Full pension, healthcare, state-tuition waivers and corollary qualifications for student loan forgiveness. Extremely competitive pay, unionized work, and excellent career opportunities.

    Cons

    Union work allows for low-effort minimum-level employees to drag down morale. Innovation is unduly mitigated by politics and bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on.


  2. "Comments"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Washington State Department of Transportation part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very Convenient location, Great benefits

    Cons

    Parking is expensive. Improve wellness program.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Innovators get hammered down"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Shoreline, WA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Shoreline, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You receive state worker benefits.

    Cons

    The mission statement should be, "We've always done it this way." A horrific aversion to innovation and change. My supervisor was/is a dinosaur who leads by fear. He couldn't share a compliment if you waved a $100 bill in his face.

    Advice to Management

    The organization needs fresh blood from the more progressive private sector. Most administrators have been leading (?) the org for 20-30 years.


  4. "Good Benefits with OK Working Conditions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Washington State Department of Transportation full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are fairly good: paid holidays, vacation, sick pay, medical and dental.

    Cons

    Low pay, required to pay Union Dues, pay into Retirement, HR Controls


  5. "Great People, Poor Management & HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shoreline, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shoreline, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The many kind, knowledgeable people who work there. Great opportunities to move up the ladder. Pension.

    Cons

    Poor management & leadership. HR does little to investigate complaints.


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington State Department of Transportation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow while serving the public.

    Cons

    Salary can be an issue, but sometimes that is a sacrifice for public service.

    Advice to Management

    Make the strategic decisions at the top and enable the programs and regions to deliver.


  7. "Transportation Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Tumwater, WA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Tumwater, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Washington State Department of Transportation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work and training for new employees will be beneficial for helping them to learn new things.

    Cons

    WSDOT is Not E-Verified and they don't sponsor Green card.

  8. "Bridge Electrician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington State Department of Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Great benifits lots paid leave

    Cons

    You could get paid more in the private sector


  9. "Transportation Planning Specialist 4"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington State Department of Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, professional working environment

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility statewide

    Advice to Management

    Create career ladders beyond headquarters


  10. "Long time for full time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington State Department of Transportation full-time

    Pros

    the pay is good and so are the benefits

    Cons

    too much internal conflict on the job