American Public Transportation Association
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www.apta.com Washington, DC

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Updated Feb 5, 2014

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Michael P. Melaniphy

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    disappointment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsIt is a wonderful stepping-stone for college grads if you're looking for employment in the non-profit or transportation industry.

    ConsManagement does not fully value the employees; They stick together on issues they don't necessarily agree upon when it comes to decisions regarding lower-level staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReorganize your HR Department and have someone represent or be the voice for support staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Throwback Culture, No Work-Life Balance

    (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementGive 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, friendly people to work with

    ConsLowe level employees don't feel valued, compensation isn't up to par

    Advice to Senior ManagementWish management would fight for "the little" more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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