- Virginia Department of Transportation07.Jul 2017
Entrenched "good 'ol boy" system. Social skills are far more desirable than technical skills. Overall a friendly place to work if you are moving in the right circles.
Support from management
After 4 years of working there I still didn't have any idea what management expected from me. Zero involvement from workers in any decision making processes.
Freedom to work independently
None at all. Everything is micromanaged from senior levels. Information silos are company policies.
Zero communication to the workforce. Managers only tell the workers the minimum information needed to perform the next task they are assigned to do.
Women are treated equally, men are not.
Completely dead ended for any carrer aspirations. They have no mechanism for pay raises or promotions- what you are hired as is what you are going to be until you get another job.
Overall compensation for your work
Take home pay is well below industry levels, but is somewhat compensated for through a very good benefit package.
Great w/l balance. Plenty of time off and flexible scheduling
Good job security. As long as you show up clean and do the work assigned to you, then you could have a very long career. The kind of work they do cannot be outsourced and is always in demand.
The work is easy, if something is difficult then a contractor will be hired to do it. It can be boring at times, but overall it could be a lot worse.
Suggestions for improvement
- They know what their problems are already. I will not bother to give management any advice since they are happy with their problems and do not desire solutions.
- The single most important thing that will improve the climate at VDOT is to have merit based pay raises and promotions. Eliminate the selection of supervisors based on personal connections and utilize a points system that takes personal bias out of the process.
What I like about the company
Good people that were fun to work with. Plenty of paid time off and a good benefit package for health/dental and retirement.
What I dislike about the company
Personal relations are valued far higher than technical skills. Managers are promoted based on who they know and how well they are liked by HR. Very micromanaged from the highest levels- personal initiative and problem solving skills will get you in deep trouble- you are to do only they exact things you are told to do and nothing else. The very worst thing about VDOT is they have NO pay raises or promotions which effectively kill any idea of career advancement. Fixed pay and fixed position are not conducive to good morale.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyVirginia Department of Transportation
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2017