Texas Department of Transportation Employee Reviews

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General Transportation Technician/Draftsman (Current Employee) –  Humble, TXDecember 11, 2018
TxDoT is a great organization to be a part of, the benefits are outstanding and the work/life balance is fantastic. The only problem I have with it is that advancement is slow unless you have a four year degree in civil engineering.
Pros
vacation time, health benefits
Cons
short breaks, lack of advancement
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Good place to work for a long career
Special Projects Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Amarillo, TXAugust 25, 2018
I enjoyed my time at TxDOT - It was a very good job with a culture of safety for it's employees. There were good and bad employees just like any other job, but overall the employees I worked with were great people. The hardest part of the job was working emergency operations, even though I really enjoyed it, it was long hours and could be very stressful at time. We had to work very long shifts, but it was very rewarding. The most enjoyable part of the job was when I was working with facilities, ensuring the employees had great places to work. Ensuring that problems with building were fixed and they had a comfortable place to perform their job duties. I really enjoyed the auditing part of my job, by finding problems and giving management a recommendations to fix for these problems.
Pros
Rewarding by helping the public get down the highway safety, safety culture, great employees
Cons
Pay is not competitve with the private sector
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Engineering centric entity.
Environmental Specialist III (Current Employee) –  TexasJanuary 6, 2019
Not an overly friendly environment for non-engineers, especially if you are in the environmental field. Limited career growth and promotions and raise are rare. Money for annual raises is limited and done on a bell curve so even before evaluations are done there are predefined positions that must be filled regardless of performance.
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TXDOT should be called The Department of Safety. That’s all they are about now. Very little work performed anymore.
Program Specialist IV (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXFebruary 10, 2019
TXDOT was a very good Department to work for until it was decided from most likely politicians to change the culture of TXDOT. We went from getting the work done Safety on the road for the taxpayers to do nothing but be safe. In other words, do nothing but listen to constant propaganda about Safety and how smart the top management is.
Employee input means nothing in this new culture. Also, if you don’t have a degree, you won’t advance.
It’s become a total waste of tax money in my opinion.
Pros
Time off, pension
Cons
Very little work being done. Extreme micro management
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Business Opportunity Specialist Lead (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 30, 2018
8AM - 5PM work day
Telecomutting
Travel within the State of Texas
Education Assistance
Good benefits
25 district offices through-out Texas
Good heath training rewarded
Pros
Telecomutting
Cons
Office politics
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Contract Specialist (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXDecember 4, 2018
Poor Pay, Limited Growth, Buddy System, No Professional mentorship, Poor Management at all Levels, Cut-Throat, No Team Concept, Rude Employees, No Professional Staff
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Great way to gain experience not a lot of room for growth.
Construction Inspector (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXNovember 27, 2018
I believe working here is a great way for a recent college graduate to gain experience in construction and engineering. Since TxDOT is a state agency the big drawback is compensation is much lower than the private sector and it may take years to be promoted. With that being said, if you're looking for a high paying job within the next 5 years, TxDOT is not for you. This is the perfect employer for those who want job security and great healthy and retirement benefits.
Pros
Great health and retirement benefits
Cons
Low compensation
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Strong focus on the public safety and employee safety
Public Information Officer IV (Current Employee) –  Mesquite, TXNovember 1, 2018
TxDOT provides a good balance of work/life and safety for the traveling public and TxDOT employees. There is not much advancement within the organization and sometimes training is limited. Often, TxDOT spews too much rhetoric and operates with too much government "red tape", but things are changing as new leadership comes on board. The benefits and retirement program are outstanding.
Pros
Gret benefits and job security
Cons
Too much government "red tape" at times
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No opportunities or lots of opportunities, depending on where you go
Engineering Assistant (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 30, 2018
TxDot is huge. I worked at the Division office, or headquarters. Basically a cube farm with the majority of the staff eligible for retirement. Nothing high tech, cutting edge, modern, ext. Never had any job training, never had any input from the supervisor, never got any assignments from the supervisor. Rarely had any work to do. Vast majority of the "old timers" were hired into the same position that they were getting ready to retire from, 20-40 years of doing the same thing. Even the computer program was from the late 70's, with a 1983 IBM emulator interface. The whole location was just archaic. Now in the field, at the various offices that actually work on the roads, things are super different. Pay is higher for the same positions, advancement is regular, computer programs are up to date, people love their jobs. So just don't go to the downtown Austin offices and you'll problably love it.
Pros
Free parking in downtown Austin.
Cons
Pay below the HUD definition of "Low income", 10% mandatory retirement deduction from pay, benefits expensive for family. Three days of training on how to park a TxDot truck, 0 job training.
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Not recommended
Medical Transportation Case Manager (Former Employee) –  Abilene, TXOctober 17, 2018
Bad job culture; backstabbing management; no recent history in this place of employment; hopefully it has changed although I am aware of complaints from others who still work there
Pros
State job
Cons
Bad management, bad working conditions
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Great working environment
Engineering Technician III (Current Employee) –  Bryan, TXSeptember 8, 2018
A great place to work with amazing, friendly people. This is definitely a place where you can have a great career. Great benefits as well. A family type environment.
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Do not work here if you want a fair treatment - period
Worker (Former Employee) –  Somewhere, TXSeptember 26, 2018
Hardest part of the job - Dealing with internal politics that hinder the agency's mission and employee effectiveness and efficiency.

Culture - Decisions are so poor. They run operations (IT) as if it were still in the 1990's and they embrace change as one would want to have 100 gallons of molten steel poured on them.

Management - If one suggests even required changes then you are an outcast if it does not align to IT operations. And the project management (IT) is run by a complete incompetent person. The entire IT is actually ran by a well-connected-operations-person not the actual IT director - stay far away from this one.
Pros
If you are a HOMER you are good at NOT doing the right thing you are good here
Cons
If you truly want to be strandards oriented and be the "best" this is not the place for you.
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Great job, laid back atmosphere, just low pay for all positions
Contract inspector (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXAugust 8, 2018
Slow pace laid back atmosphere with the the ability to do something different everyday. Great benefits just not enough pay to compete in the competitive markets. Salary cap is limited to below market value at every position.
Pros
Great job willing to teach anyone willing to learn a new skill
Cons
Not enough money for the responsibility & 30% lower than competition
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Good State Job
Accounting auditor (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJanuary 2, 2019
The agency provides a good work/life balance however it is not very progressive in recruiting and retention. It is a good starting point with state service however pay rates do not keep up with inflation and private sector rates.
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Customer Focused
Safety Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXJuly 10, 2018
Fast paced environment multiple projects, daily interactions with clients and customers, Work with great team of people, very customer focused. The hardest part of the job no stated objectives from management. Training is always encouraged and provided to increase skills
Pros
Good Beneits
Cons
Not much room for advancements
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Summer Hire Construction Internship
Summer Hire Construction Internship (Former Employee) –  McKinney, TXJanuary 22, 2019
I had a wonderful time working at TxDOT! I met a lot of wonderful people who I enjoyed working with. I learned a lot working for them in both Summer of 2017 and Summer of 2018! I learned a lot of things that will apply towards my career and I learned a lot of information that cannot be taught in the classroom!
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Fun and productive work place
Maintenance Technician II (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXFebruary 6, 2019
I would have love to stay at this job. It just didn't pay enough. Besides that, this was the ideal job for me. I loved everything about it, from the management down to the employees.
Pros
everything
Cons
pay
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Great place to work.
Graphic Designer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJuly 12, 2018
Tx Dept of Transportation WAS a great place to work. Enjoyed working with most of the fellow employees and most of management. Benefits were great but began to diminish under new management.

Management was great but became too political after new hires (for management) were brought in from the private sector - ie. former CEOs of corporate companies. Then everything became even more about hiring private contractors to do as much as possible for the dept. and lining the pockets of lobbyists, contractors, new upper mgt and their "friends" in high places. And less and less for the "lower class" employees.

Under new mgt employees began to be treated more and more like production resources than as real people with families. Hence, low morale developed quickly.

TxDOT essentially became a corporate entity.
Pros
Great pay, benefits, fellow employees, 8-5 hrs, M-f
Cons
New corporate management
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Excellent place to work
Asssistant Suoervisor (Former Employee) –  Hutchins, TXDecember 12, 2018
Provided training and certification to do your job. Management was good to me and made it enjoyable to go to work. Co-workers were like family, The hardest part of this job was working in the traffic.
Pros
Retirement plans
Cons
Political
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Not a Fun place
Engineering Tech I (Former Employee) –  Denton, TXJanuary 2, 2019
A typical Day may include driving to the Field with a work truck. Preparing reports and or tools for the Day & Week ahead.
You may find yourself in a Lab, Mobile office Or out in the Field counting trucks at 1 am that are delivering concrete.

It's very demanding with multiple jobs & tasks.
Pros
Experience
Cons
Short Lunch, Long hours, poor pay
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