TxDOT

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TxDOT Reviews

Updated 26 November, 2014
Updated 26 November, 2014
50 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

  • Mostly great people to work with (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Salaries are lower than similar in private sector and in some other Texas governmental entities (in 4 reviews)

  • No overtime pay, insread transfered to comp-time (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good group of folks

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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (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
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

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

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

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (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
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (more than an 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
  6.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transportation Engineer II
    Former Employee - Transportation Engineer II

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (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
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Employees here really care about each other.

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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 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.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Job agency does is admirable. Some supervisors are unscrupulous schemers, liars and thieves.

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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

    Does excellent work for Texas and its citizens

    Cons

    Agency supports supervisors even in the face of evidence of lying, discrimination and of other wrongdoing. Appeals are useless since the whole process is for labeling the agency correct in its actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check employee claims against what supervisors allege, you'll probably find some are using the system and it's flaws for ill-gotten gain. EEOC is investigating now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Ever changing

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Training is always available.

    Cons

    Constant change. Lack of communication

  10.  

    Enjoyed the internship experience

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

    I worked at TxDOT as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Gained great field experience in construction

    Cons

    Typically 8 hours a day, but the day can extend unexpectedly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great career choice! Although, in the last decade there has been a decline in employee morale.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist

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

    Pros

    Typically a very stable and satisfying place to work. Given the American corporate culture of today, it is still better to serve in State Government.

    Cons

    Constant change created by the legislative political environment weighs heavy on employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, you have an enormous customer base to keep satisfied. Remember, it cannot all be run from the top...allow the districts to share the decision making.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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