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

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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)

    I have been working at American Public Transportation Association full-time for 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… Advice to Senior Management: Wish management would fight for "the little" more. No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    disappointment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    I worked at American Public Transportation Association full-time for more than a year


    Pros: It is a wonderful stepping-stone for college grads if you're… Cons: Management does not fully value the employees; They stick together on issues… Advice to Senior Management: Reorganize your HR Department and have someone represent or be… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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