Bart Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Public Agency Pros and Cons

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bart full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability Great Benefits Compensation for the trade positions are great

    Cons

    Lacks innovation Not up to date with technology No work life balance Salaries for professionals are not always competitive


  2. principal engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bart full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, work/life balance, bart pass, convenient location

    Cons

    too much red tape, senior management borderline incompetent

    Advice to Management

    communicate to employees


  3. Bay Area Rapid Transit Comm Department

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    Current Employee - Commincations Technician in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Commincations Technician in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bart full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coming from AT&T after 14 years where I dealt with management greed and the dreaded MSOC application (a tool the company uses to cut heads), it has been nice to work for a public utility with a different mindset. Great people and a great atmosphere make Bart the best place I've worked since AT&T West was Pacific Bell. I so enjoy going to work that the end of the work week takes me by surprise. Its very easy to loose track of the days when you enjoy your job. Another nice thing is that management allows employees to choose a specialty. Like video surveillance? Maybe fiber or T1 troubleshooting. EADACS Radio your cup of tea? I tell you the truth. This job makes you feel like you help make the Bay Area tick. The pay and benefits are good and you and your family being able to ride the train for free is a nice perk.

    Cons

    As no job is perfect, Bart has its share of politics. But like with any job you learn to deal with it. Shifts are divided into clicks. They acknowledge one another, but that's it. Also new hires will be in for what can only be described as the longest 120 days of their lives, the dreaded probation period. This is the only and I mean only window management really has to get rid of you. This position is Union represented by the SEIU. During this probation period you "WILL" never be late. You "WILL" do your job to satisfaction. You "WILL" watch what you say, and you "WILL" be reminded everyday that you are on probation. Once this period is clear, you have a job for life. You can pat yourself on the back, then wait another 8 months before you can use vacation. Another con is that it is very hard to get in at Bart. I've tried for 3 years before finally getting hired. Statically, it is easier to get into Harvard. Harvard accepts roughly 6% of its applicants. Bart hires less than 1%

    Advice to Management

    Direct management isn't really management per se. They are known as fore-workers. They are employees just like everyone else who make $5 more. They report directly to the section manager. I have no advice for management on this system. It works pretty well. I do have some advice for HR. The test to get hired requires an engineering level of knowledge about electronics theory that the normal run of the mill technician may not have. Maybe putting a greater number of questions related to the job would yield a greater number of filled positions.


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    Former Employee - Worker in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - Worker in Fayetteville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Bart (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    there are no pros to this company

    Cons

    unreliable work ethics are practiced by owner


  6. Principal Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Principal Financial Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Financial Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bart (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Unbelievable benefits. Good but not great salaries. BART is what you make of it. There are many interesting jobs and departments. Teamwork is key. Good life work balance. I enjoyed my time at BART.

    Cons

    Don't get caught up in some of the negativism. Most employees don't know how good they have it. There are a few bad apples. It is practically impossible to fire anyone. The Unions think they run the place. Bad feeling between Union and Management.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to respect the labor force. The Unions need to stop taking advantage of their strike power and grow up.


  7. Not a lot of opportunity unless you can utilize nepotism

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bart part-time

    Pros

    Can retire from organization, impossible to get fired

    Cons

    Low opportunity for mobility unless you already know the person hiring in the department you want to move to

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bad energy and lazy workers


  8. BART is a great employer and really care about their interns

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Kind Helpful Friendly understanding

    Cons

    Disorganized at times and they seem to get in a rut in terms of new creative ideas


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great if you're unskilled, not so much if you're skilled

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bart full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    * Lots of time off * Good medical benefits * Diverse group

    Cons

    * People are strung along with promises of advancement that never happens * New people make more than long-timers who know more about the system because of the screwy way compensation is set up (new people get market rate, long-timers get 0-2% raises every year) * Equipment is antiquated * Pay is docked if you're late for work even if it's your train that's late and you're willing to stay late to make up the time

    Advice to Management

    * You've got to stop hiring everyone at the top salary and leave room for advancement * Cross train people so there aren't bottlenecks when only one person knows how to do something and that person isn't there


  10. Helpful (1)

    One of the worst place I even work at...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefit are great and that is all I can say

    Cons

    1) Because it is an UNION shop; even the people who have no idea what they are doing; will not get fired. 2) Because it is an UNION shop; even people who talked on their cell phone for hours; will not get fired. 3) Because it is an UNION shop; even if people don't do any work; will not get fired. 4) Because it is an UNION shop; people are doing the minimal; will not get fired. That makes the rest of those people who actually do work; feels...stupid.

    Advice to Management

    Work with the UNION and find a way to fired those people and keep those who actually work


  11. Helpful (2)

    Union shop in IT???

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bart full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was great to have a guaranteed salary and almost impossible to get fired.

    Cons

    Unable to stretch the skill set for fear of encroching of another job title. Jealousy and ignorance runs rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the union. Let willing employees perform tasks outside of the out-dated job descriptions if they chose to do so.



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