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TxDOT Reviews

Updated 17 November, 2014
Updated 17 November, 2014
49 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TxDOT

    Pros

    Steady 8-5 M-f Schedule.
    Great benefits
    Career mobility throughout the agency if you want it, or ability to spend most of your career in the same location if that is what you want.
    Layoffs are practically unheard of.

    Cons

    The biggest problem with TxDOT is it has the potential to be an example of efficiency, good stewardship of tax dollars and public trust, a model of what an ideal public sector agency should be, but a lot of times even when positive changes are implemented the execution is horrible. Either you hear rumors of a promising change taking place and 10 years later your still hearing the same rumors they pilot the idea people cry and management backs off, or you are flooded with a tsunami of major changes all at once with no transition what so ever and little or no feedback is acted on. I mean what's with the all or nothing mentality? I agree executive management should make the final decisions on major changes but what ever happened to a well thought out plan that keeps both old and new systems running in parallel until the new system can take over gracefully and take really good notes on lessons learned and for goodness sakes don't let the status quo paralyze you or don't tie half the major systems people are trying to use up in transaction all at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your going to use an outsourcing model for support services, consider going with one vender and not having one for day to day operations, and two or three for more specialized things. The right vendor will have subsidiaries for more specialized tasks.

  2.  

    Some supervisors cut budget to try to look good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time

    Pros

    Great if you are in the in crowd".

    Cons

    Out of luck if you are not in the right group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to support all your employees rather than few favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    People are like family.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Department has met the challenge of keeping up with technological advances.

    Cons

    Some managers go to far to minimize the costs at the expense of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Maint Tech III

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TxDOT

    Pros

    Mostly great people to work with. Paid vacation, comp time, many paid holidays, 8-10 hours some on 4-day work week, varied types of work, usually good supervisors, managers are far off in their glass houses--rarely come out, many safe practices and equipment, many types of training to learn, can move lateral or up, high school summer hire program, college scholarships, pension, 401K and 457, medical, life ins

    Cons

    Flood, ice & accident work on highways, drivers almost running over you & cursing you, favoritism (as any job), fair pay now, slugs who won't work & get away with it at your expense, TX govt controls purse string limiting how much funds received, not enough funds for repairs. A few supervisors no balls and won't stand up for you--take credit for everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mgt needs to check on superiors more often and "drive" the roads. Sick of hearing "TX DOT transparency"--move on. New payroll, purchasing (and more) software sucks! Doesn't make job easier or faster--added more work in office and less time on road doing road repairs--wake up and quit taking low bid!! Some inspectors don't hold contractors to specs.

  6.  

    Overall, in 22 years, decent place to work and build a career

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchaser IV in Bryan, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Purchaser IV in Bryan, TX (US)

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very good job security if one performs within agency policy. A number of paid holidays. Very good retirement plan. Generally conscientious employees. Excellent concern for the safety of employees. Both work groups in two different locations, co-workers in one, subordinates in another. Excellent job-specific training across the board, all job groups. Very good vacation/sick leave compensation..

    Cons

    Higher level management not the best nor most competent for their positions. Wages and salaries below comparable jobs in private sector by between 17 and 28 per cent. High turnover in some job groupings due to monetary compensation versus benefit package. No overtime pay: only time off (comp time).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Highest level: exercise more knowledgeable hiring for upper- and mid-management level positions. Reconsider the regional structure and return to district.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Learning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Corpus Christi, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Corpus Christi, TX (US)

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You learn about highway construction and leadership
    learn to manage project on your own

    Cons

    Is a lot of favoritism, they dont recognize for your work and salary is not that great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Full of learning and experience by being hands on and observing the everyday life of a full time employee.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT

    Pros

    Being able to see how things operate first hand.

    Cons

    No overtime pay, insread transfered to comp-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job especially with the learning experience that we are put through.

  9.  

    TXDOT Austin Region Headquarters

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most employees arrive around 08:30am even though start time is 08:00am, they then take a break from 1000-1015am and walk around outside the buildings, you can leave for lunch by 1145am and not return until 1:30Pm (they allow you to take 30 minutes to walk or exercise from 1:00-1:30pm). They provide showers in the building so you can shower after your walk from 1:30-2:00 pm. You then get another break from 3:00-3:15pm for another walk outside around the buildings. Most employees are headed home by 4:45pm. TXDOT allows you to receive a 30 minute massage (you must pay for it) downstairs in the office building for 30 minutes once a month and you can take Yoga in the building as well, once a month, all while on the clock. Directors and Mangers are seldom in the office, out traveling or somewhere?

    Cons

    TXDOT secretly monitors everything you do,on your office phone, your computer, your TXDOT cell phone and TXDOT vehicles like Nazi Gestapo's and the KGB. You have absolutely no privacy even if you are doing nothing wrong. Way to bureaucratic, to many controls, its ok if you are a TXDOT minion. You need to get approval from way to many individuals in order to do something, i.e. if you need to pass gas get permission from 3 people and then TXDOT requires an air permit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees until they prove otherwise. Start enforcing the 0800 start time, do away with all the breaks and luxuries (Yoga classes, messages, etc..), so that the Texas Tax payers get a full 8 hour day out of TXDOT employees, and then you wonder why our roads are in the condition they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Engineering Tech IV

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT as an intern

    Pros

    Being intern is great here. I do not know about an actual work. I also found having holidays a perk. Makes me have something to look forward to when work is mounting up.

    Cons

    There is a lot of interesting people around here. Everything is so outdated and boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be more informed in what is happening at the bottom and not assume things

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good group of folks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Relationship Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Business Relationship Manager in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at TxDOT full-time

    Pros

    The pay was really pretty good and the agency rules were better than most other state agencies. I felt treated like an adult more here than with other state agencies. It is even legal to carry on premises if you have a CHL.

    Cons

    Your experience can vary greatly depending on what group you are with and who your manager is. The IT Dept is still feeling rather betrayed by how the outsourcing was done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so quick to dump someone on probationary status who is actually trying. If there is an issue, they may have a medical condition causing it and be unable to see to it because they are not allowed to take time off while on probationary status.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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