TxDOT Reviews

Updated 5 August, 2014
Updated 5 August, 2014
43 Reviews

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  1.  

    Learning

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    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist  in  Corpus Christi, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Corpus Christi, TX (US)

    I worked at TxDOT full-time for more than a 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
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    Full of learning and experience by being hands on and observing the everyday life of a full time employee.

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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.

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    Engineering Tech IV

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    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 Everything is so outdated and boring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
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  5.  

    Good group of folks

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    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
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  6.  

    Good at first, but it devolved into more difficult as I was forced into an unwanted transfer.

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    Former Employee - Information Specialist II  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Information Specialist II in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at TxDOT full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are provided, a professional attitude.

    Cons

    Sometimes a hard won position can be negated by computer upgrades and you could be sent into a Quota-mad work section.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as management continues to work with quotas, quality will ALWAYS suffer, and the efforts of safety-minded data will be tainted.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Respected state agency - overall supportive of employees - Advancement Opportunities !

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Funding is dedicated by State Constitution (Hwy Fund 6) so agency does not have to compete with others for funding from General Revenue. TxDOT managers comply with requirements for actions such as annual performance reviews, coaching, training, etc. Agency follows its own rules (not just lip service). Helps ensure employees have info needed to grow and advance. Vacation and sick leave accrues monthly and managers do not punish staff for taking the time off that's earned. Paid days off for state and federal holidays. State retirement pay (lifetime monthly stipend and benefits) after vesting, when employee reaches 'rule of 80' or retirement age. Tremendous opportunities for advancement, since many employees are now eligible to retire (more w/in 2 - 3 years)!

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than similar in private sector and in some other Texas governmental entities. Structure and procedures can be too rigid, which can slow changes needed when circumstances change. Appointment of business people to executive positions (w/o knowledge of state agency processes and who do not respect or understand the need to follow requirements from the Legislature) makes it difficult to meet their demands and also comply with Legislative mandates. Several studies were done on TxDOT policies, processes, procedures, etc. with concrete recommendations for improvements ... many of which were ignored or addresses with mainly cosmetic compliance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in mind that TxDOT is a government agency, not a for-profit business, and the goal is to serve the public not just save or make money. Several of the 'improvements' made by executives that appear to save money or improve processes are actually hampering productivity, damaging morale, and making staff jobs more difficult. Understand that actions required by the Legislature are mandatory, not suggestions, so stop pushing staff/managers to find loop holes to get around complying (for the sake of 'business like efficiency').

    Recommends
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great agency, lots of history, treats their employees fairly, best job I've had.

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of advancement opportunities.
    Able to work on a variety of projects.
    Work with smart people.
    Treated fairly and given the ability to work independently.
    Enjoy coming to work and being a part of a great state agency that provides a vital service to citizens.
    TxDOT has greatly improved and modernized within the last few years. It's technology is now in line with the 21st century.

    Cons

    There is often a breakdown in communication within and outside my division.
    Divisions and sections often work in silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the internal communcations within the agency.
    Rework and revamp the Crossroads intranet site so that it is more useful and organized for employees.
    Give employees a real channel to communicate ideas and provide feedback on those ideas.
    Improve communication from upper management to employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great people, but typical government job with limited advancement opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Transportation Engineer II
    Former Employee - Transportation Engineer II

    I worked at TxDOT full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people are great, and the types of jobs within the organization are almost unlimited. There really is something for everybody.

    Cons

    Advancement is based more on seniority than performance. If you want to speed up the process at all, don't just be the best at your job, be ready to move...multiple times all over the state.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut some dead wood, and give younger employees the opportunity to advance their careers.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Ever changing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Training is always available.

    Cons

    Constant change. Lack of communication

  11.  

    Employees here really care about each other.

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

    I worked at TxDOT full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working at TxDOT really was a family environment. It always seemed like everyone knew everyone...even though there are 12k employees! Very secure place to work. And the work was never dull.

    Cons

    Changes in upper-level management (administration) and persistent reorganizations have changed the culture somewhat over the past few years - people seem to feel a bit less secure in their jobs, and feel less appreciated and understood under this new leadership. Additionally, the culture has suffered a bit from a large number of retirements, with vacancies filled mostly from outside the organization, rather than promoting from within, which has damaged morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TxDOT became the nation's best DOT because of it's people. Value them, empower them, and let them do their jobs - they won't let you down.

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