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Assistant Vice President – new

American Public Transportation Association Washington, DC

Washington DC based Association is seeking a dynamic Assistant Vice President to lead our public transportation safety, security, operations and… The Washington Post

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    Throwback Culture, No Work-Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American Public Transportation Association


    There are some good people there; some departments are better than others.
    The subject is actually interesting and touches many facets of society.
    APTA provides free public transit and low-cost health insurance.
    The building has a gym and showers downstairs; the locker-rooms are small and crowded, but it's something.
    Bike room downstairs.
    Teleworking (though you have to document everything you did while working, for some odd reason).
    Theoretically, a 37.5-hour workweek (7.5 hours/day)--if your manager will abide by this.
    Salaries are not horrible, though they are not competitive with government jobs, and you take a hit after a few years unless you're promoted.


    In many departments, no work-life balance whatsoever--late evenings, last-minute projects.
    No short-term disabilitiy insurance.
    Only two weeks' vacation for new employees, even those at mid-career or senior level
    Vesting on 403B is only 20% per year--so that you have to have completed 5 years (i.e., starting your sixth year) to be fully vested.
    Some people get promoted solely by being sycophantic and self-promoting.
    Dumb management policies--lots of meetings, but major information silos.
    No offices for anyone other than directors/VPs
    Some surly, underutilized admin staff (with notable exceptions)
    Multiple layers of approval required for everything
    Multiple meetings for everything
    Lots of self-serving pseduo-corporate B$
    Lots of micromangement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people more vacation leave.
    Make it a priority to keep mid-level staff happy, or they WILL leave.
    Allow emplyees to review their supervisors; even if it doesn't "count," it's still useful information if you want to improve management practices (which is in dire need).
    The solution to a problem is very rarely a meeting of several VPs.
    Learn to say no to stupid ideas (petitions, text-message campaigns, etc.).
    Promote people if you want to keep them.
    Make work-life balance a priority. People want a family-friendly place to work, and in an employment market like DC, it's not hard to find one elsewhere.

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