American Public Transportation Association

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American Public Transportation Association Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
4 Reviews
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  1.  

    American Transportation is a fantastic place to work - warm and cozy environment and the owners truly care.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Clerical Assist in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Office Clerical Assist in Maple Grove, MN

    I worked at American Public Transportation Association part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible, owners care about their employees,

    Cons

    Slow during summer months because school is not in session

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    disappointment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Public Transportation Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reorganize your HR Department and have someone represent or be the voice for support staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Public Transportation Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly people to work with

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish management would fight for "the little" more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Throwback Culture, No Work-Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American Public Transportation Association

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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