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Wisconsin Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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  1. "Department of Transportation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wisconsin Department of Transportation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Depends on division you work for but my current one has great flexibility with work schedule.

    Cons

    As with most state employment, raises come few and far between so you must really love what you do.


  2. "Transportation Engineer, Advanced"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Steady employment, guaranteed pay. You can manage yourself if you have a supervisor who leaves you alone.

    Cons

    They do not encourage new thinking. They want you to follow the same procedures they have always used. They are not interested in change.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the ties to old procedures. Hire some managers from outside who understand how to affect change. Stop promoting career staff who have never worked outside DOT and learned some innovation.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "OK Job - Don't Stay Long"

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    Former Employee - Urban and Regional Planner-Advanced in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Urban and Regional Planner-Advanced in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working here allowed employees to have excellent vacation and sick leave. Schedule was constant 40 hours a week.

    Cons

    Where to start? Upper management do not provide bonuses nor raises to employees who take on more load than others. Dependent on division, there's been high turnover rates the last few years. Young talents leaving for better opportunities when they realize how much they're worth in the competitive market. No concrete protocol on checking one's work for consistency.

    The promotions are a joke. You have to actually apply, interview, and be accepted for a "promotion" while competing with multiple other applicants, both internally and externally, instead of the traditional reward for years of contribution and hard work invested into the company.

    Benefits are good but when so much is taken out of the salary, employees are barely getting by since standard of living is rising. Praises are great, but does not raise morale in long term.

    Advice to Management

    *Upper management should listen to employees more when they have ideas.
    *Reward where work is recognized/deserved.


  4. "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Wisconsin Department of Transportation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with are great

    Cons

    The management is not so good

    Advice to Management

    Promote competent people


  5. "IS Systems Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relaxed culture, good benefits, stable employment

    Cons

    Lack of will to invest in new technologies, slow to adopt when they do, cost of living raises are dependent on the state legislature.

    Advice to Management

    Expectations of employees are rising, while compensation and benefits are not improving and in some cases declining. Without finding some way to reward employees, morale will continue to decline.


  6. "No pay increases"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    AMAZING benefits, golden handcuffs if you can afford to work there until retirement, good schedule. TONS of leave time.

    Cons

    You'll never get a raise unless you get a promotion, and those are hard to find

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to work with legislature so that people are paid their worth


  7. "Ok place to work."

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    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor
    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Wisconsin Department of Transportation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, especially vacation time. Typically don't work much over 40 hours a week.

    Cons

    Poor leadership from the Secretary level and upper management. Little regard for lower level non-engineering staff.
    Culture of "no", rather than "yes" or "how can we".

    Advice to Management

    Promote leaders, not just people who are similar to you. Encourage people to care about one another. Be wary of the great performer who will do everything to get his/her name on a project or accomplishment at the cost of hurting co workers or those under them.

  8. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart, friendly, all-around great co-workers; collegial environment; challenging work; excellent benefits

    Cons

    Relatively low pay (though good benefits); grinding government bureaucracy


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good opportunity at the front-end of your career for a very short time."

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable-ish, good health care (for now), flex schedule, casual dress, super laid back, occasionally competent people are placed in important decision-making roles.

    Cons

    All the things. To politicians in Madison, the work you do as an engineer is no different than being a maintenance worker (janitor). To most of middle management, you're just someone that they can step on to advance their own ambitions. The pay is disturbingly low, and the trade off of having good benefits is vanishing. To get a promotion you have to apply for a new job through the State civil service exam, which is laughable as to how easily a totally unqualified person can deceive the hiring process. There's no career support, yearly evaluations are literally a joke, and the incentive program, oh Jesus the incentive program. Since it's the state, they literally have to publish what every employee got as a short term incentive, having the net effect of creating this extremely toxic work environment. I could go on, but you already get the point.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and advocate for your employees. Engage and ask good questions. Don't be condescending and arrogant. Stop the goddamn micromanaging.


  10. "Overall positive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and benefits are definitely a plus. There is also an opportunity to work on many different projects throughout the state.

    Cons

    Working for the state can be difficult, mostly because of funding. Easy to get caught up in the bureaucratic red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Do not be so afraid to try something new and incorporate new ideas and industry practices, you can be slow to adopt to change


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