Chicago Transit Authority

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After a decade with bus maintenance I was laid off

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Former Employee - Bus Maintenance in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Bus Maintenance in Chicago, IL

I worked at Chicago Transit Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Excellent health and vacation benefits. Overall most of the employees are good people to work wiht or for.

Cons

After more than a decade working for transit maintenance they laid me off. Lost my pension, vacation and medical benefits.

Advice to Management

Many management decisions are influenced by local and state politicians. If employees do not have a godfather it's more difficult to get promoted, raises, or be retained during layoffs.

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  1. Bus operator

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    Former Employee - Bus Operator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Bus Operator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Transit Authority 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

    Pay and benefits. Because it is a union job the pay and benefits are excellent. Not too much to the job either. Mostly dealing with customers. The driving becomes 2nd nature. Many wonderful people working there as well. Coworkers made it bearable on those horrible days.

    Cons

    The catch is that your are beholden to them schedule wise. After nine years of employment, there was no chance of improving the work schedule, including days off. Promotions meant starting over at the bottom of the seniority list as well. No one wants to retire and EVERYTHING is seniority based.
    Also I have never been at a job where it felt like they were trying to fire you the minute you walked in the door. Lot's of political bs. It wasn't what you know but who you know. Low man/woman on the list were first hit with layoff letters almost every year. The union needs to get out of bed with management as well.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the infighting and realize your drivers are your bread and butter. If you were a driver, remember where you came from. Stop taking your budget crisis out on your drivers. If the buses don't move you don't have a job.


  2. My 24 years at the CTA

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    Current Employee - Rail Terminal Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Rail Terminal Clerk in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Transit Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    You get to me interesting people, both internal and external.

    Cons

    There is no longer a feeling of family of working together to make the company work

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to what the workers have to say, sometimes the people on the front line have a good idea of what would make the company function better as a whole


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