Bart Reviews

Updated May 18, 2015
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  1. Principal Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Principal Financial Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Financial Analyst in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Bart (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  2. 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


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

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Bart

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    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


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  5. 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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  6. Helpful (1)

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

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  7. Helpful (2)

    Union shop in IT???

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Oakland, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  8. It has been a great experience provided good training.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Bart

    Pros

    Always something new everyday. Learned alot about bart.

    Cons

    Getting an official job there. Hard to get in.


  9. Helpful (1)

    I'm thrilled to not be there anymore!!!

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    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Bart full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay & Benefits. Lots of time to study & get a degree.

    Cons

    BOREDOM & not only justifying your time, but the high wages ($35/hr)

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of your ASSets. Not be so completely confrontational. Set up structure for purposeful work.


  10. At the end it just another day at work!

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    Current Employee - Station Agent in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Station Agent in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits (dental, vision, medical), job security.

    Cons

    There is no reward if you do good only punishment if something happen. Verbal warning will stay on personal file for certain months.

    Advice to Management

    Do your own job and stop making your worker do your job.


  11. Pays well, but have to deal with greedy Unions and Management

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    Former Employee - Train Operator in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Train Operator in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Bart full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits. Ride the trains for free.

    Cons

    Greedy/Lazy Union members. Inept management.

    Advice to Management

    Get the ability to fire employees when needed



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