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  • 2 employees say

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    Good (0)
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    Satisfactory (2)
    100%
    Subpar (0)
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    2.83
  • 0 applicants say

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Reviews for Virginia Department of Transportation

Reviews - What employees say

2.83 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 07.Jul 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

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.

Internal Communication

Zero communication to the workforce. Managers only tell the workers the minimum information needed to perform the next task they are assigned to do.

Gender Equality

Women are treated equally, men are not.

Career Development

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.

Work-Life Balance

Great w/l balance. Plenty of time off and flexible scheduling

Job Security

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.

Challenging Work

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.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Virginia Department of Transportation
  • City
    Suffolk
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2017
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered
  • 12.Jan 2016
  • Employee

Support from management

There are no leaders, just managers. I worked there for 4 years and had no idea what the company goals were.

Freedom to work independently

There is little to no autonomy, workers do what they are told to do by higher ups, and higher ups do what they are told to do by their higher ups.

Internal Communication

Don't expect to be told anything until the very last minute, and even then it's minimal.

Career Development

No carreer development is built into the organizational matrix because there is no possibility for advancement.

Overall compensation for your work

Pay is abysmal, but the benefits are top notch. They do NOT give raises, ever.

Work-Life Balance

Plenty of time off, very generous. There is almost never a time when if you need time off you can't get it.

Job Security

Who knows? They hire contractors to do the work of employees, and are always changing the structure. Nobody can be promised their jobs won't be contracted out to private industry.

Challenging Work

The work is far from challenging. If a job is to difficult, they hire a contractor to do it.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Merit based pay raises, promotions for outstanding performance or career development. Match pay to outside rates. Break the back of the good 'ol boy system and hire managers from outside the organization.

What I like about the company

Very generous benefits and time off. Almost too much time off. Very good work/life balance.

What I dislike about the company

Highly political structure in which personal networking takes priority over skill and training. Zero career advancement opportunities or pay raises. Raises and promotions are not built into the organizational matrix. So whatever the pay rate you are hired on as is what you can expect to make for many years. The do give infrequent across the board cost of living raises of a few percent every couple of years, but it is not merit based and everybody gets the same. It is possible to work there 20 years and only get 3 pay raises.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    Virginia Department of Transportation
  • City
    Suffolk
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2010
  • Position
    Others
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered

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Review averages

  • 2 employees say

    Excellent (0)
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    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (2)
    100%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    2.83
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

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