Bart

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Bart Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
32 Reviews
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32 Reviews
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  1.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It has been a great experience provided good training.

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    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.

  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience with some fantastic perks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bart as an intern

    Pros

    There are many pros to working with BART (at least in corporate) such as the constant interaction with other departments besides your own, the company has many get togethers/parties for employees, there are transportation perks, and there is always work to be done and a variety of projects coming across the desk (I personally enjoy a busy workplace).

    Cons

    There isn't much to say here, I really enjoyed my time with BART. Maybe that some of the higher jobs are very competitive.

    Recommends
  6.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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)

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits. Ride the trains for free.

    Cons

    Greedy/Lazy Union members. Inept management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the ability to fire employees when needed

    Recommends
  8.  

    Empty promises

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance. You can leave at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Degrading place to work. Promises of opportunities that never materialize. Managers never follow the rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why pay a consultant to figure out what's wrong with morale? Just ask your own people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Potential to be better, but still a long time away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are great. Located in a great place near public transportation

    Cons

    There's very little motivation to do the best work possible. Many people here work at the bare minimum or don't work very hard and there is no repercussion. If you do work hard, managers expect more and more without any sort of compensation and additional resources. There's too much dead weight and good employees get tired of pulling the workload for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to change culture, create accountability and motivate employees to care, then start with changing the management.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    BART! Could be run better.

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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)

    Pros

    Could be a fantastic job if management didn't harass the employees. I was able to retire but harassed on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Consistently violates contact. Relationship with employees bad. Promotions are filled with family members. It's really a "who you know type of job".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start trying to follow the rules. Stop the witch hunt on employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    This place is a nightmare!

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    Current Employee - Train Controller in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Train Controller in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Bart full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, Decent Pay, nice place if you dont want to make something out of yourself.

    Cons

    I was hired on as a Train Controller. It was a nightmare. These guys will give you no training. All of their training materials are completely out of date. When you hit the console, they expect you to perform as if you're a pro. If you don't, they will make every excuse possible to wash you out. This is probabaly one of their highest paying jobs in their Transportation Dept., excluding management. It's interesting how they take "external" candidates for this job -- the reason is being their Internal employees no better than to apply for this position. They know it's a dead end and they'll push you out. Statistically, only about 1 out of 15 will be kept. Their explanation? The other 14 wasn't good enough. You got to be kidding right? You've had folks from ATC, Law Enforcement, other Control Centers, who did fine at their other jobs! They want to make it seem that BART is so unique that only the best of the best can make it. These guys need to wake up to reality. There are many other transit agencies out that operate ATO and they seem to have no problem training their folks. They need to stop pretending that their work is so unique just to justify their jobs. These guys are bad news. Do not apply here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where do I even begin??

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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