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Wisconsin Department of Transportation Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "Management needs to improve pay and benefits to compete with fair market"

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

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

    Pros

    *Plenty of leave hours.
    *Good medical/health, dental benefits

    Cons

    *Low pay compare to market.
    *No Raises
    *Advancement here actually means applying for a new job not promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees more. Provide competitive pay and benefits.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "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
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    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.


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  5. "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


  6. "BITS - Bureau of Information Technology Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    Pros

    The only good thing about BITS is the salary is higher than other State of Wisconsin agencies.

    Cons

    As far as BITS is concerned the culture is bizarre and extremely unhealthy. I can't speak to the other divisions or bureaus. Everyone operates in protection mode. Their turnover rate is approximately 40%. Run the other direction.


  7. "Stepping stone"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Coordinatora in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Environmental Coordinatora in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    A great place for a work-life balance. Many professionals with a lot of experience in state government.

    Cons

    Due to uncertain external situations, employment is stable but the ability to effectively complete work is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Advocate for your experience staff's expert opinions and don't be surprised if motivation suffers when those suggestions fall on deaf ears.


  8. "Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI

    Pros

    Great place to work and very flexible

    Cons

    Slightly lower pay but makes up for it in environment

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. "Transportation Customer Representative - Lead Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I feel like my job is making a difference. My coworkers are pretty nice and take pride in their work.

    Cons

    The opportunities to grow are few and it's much more about those you know when trying to promote. The politics of Wisconsin have turned the job into something much less stable and no longer worth the lost opportunity cost of staying.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time supporting your people instead of hanging out and complaining about them while you cover your butt and promote your friends.


  10. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management team is a great source of knowledge but knows how and when to develop employees. Ample training and advancement opportunities. Work had repetitive aspects, but every day brought additional, new challenges - there is a great variety of work. I take pride knowing I'm serving the citizens of Wisconsin. Fantastic work-life balance focus from management team.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and hierarchical in nature - if you are outranked it is easy to get your voice lost unless it comes up and is approved at every level.


  11. "Urban Planner"

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    Former Employee - Urban Planner in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Urban Planner in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some job opportunities, quiet work place where people tend to keep to themselves, work was challenging at times, had approachable coworkers, hours were flexible

    Cons

    Little communication with supervisor, not much critique of your work from your supervisor, little training to advance career

    Advice to Management

    Critique one's work performance more to make sure everyone is using the same methods. There is an annual review, but the process doesn't encourage innovative thinking and improved performance.



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