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Helpful (2)

Career killer.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

I have been working at Hampton Roads Transit full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

You can ride the bus for free. The benefits package for the administrative personnel is equivalent to the city benefits.

Cons

(This is for non-union staff) You will likely never advance here. You may not even get the job you interview for, and quite often, the interviewers will lead you to believe you will be accepting a job further down your career path, until you get hired and discover you are a glorified data entry person. Or secretary. Unless you are upper management, you will likely not get a raise - or at least not anytime soon. There is very little career development in any department. You can be moved anywhere in the organization on a supervisors whim, and you have no recourse. You can be disciplined for lack of training or knowledge in a position you were forced into, and have no recourse. For many staff, unless the person above leaves or dies, you will never advance. The salaries are some of the lowest in the market. There are a couple positions here that have about a 6 month turnover rate - HRT pays almost 10,000 under market value for someone with any experience in that position.

Advice to Management

Career development would be nice, especially when the salaries for those not in upper management aren't going to grow. Truth in advertising - it sucks to be interviewed for a position, told you will have certain duties, then show up and realize that the work your subordinates did at your last employers is now what you will be doing. No one likes going backwards, especially due to a gross misrepresentation and at a lesser salary too.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Not a job for everyone

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent pay for a TEMPORARY job

    Cons

    Everything!!! Toxic work place created by a handful of supervisors that are unhappy with their job.


  2. Helpful (3)

    This has not been the career step I'd hoped for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Hampton Roads Transit full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a good benefit package, HRT is basically considered government, so for an individual, the health/ dental pricing is reasonable. The pricing is a bit steep once you add dependents though. I have personal policies for my family and save over half. We also get free rides on all the public transit, which is nice if you are anywhere in their service area

    Cons

    The upper management turnover is VERY high. Not a single upper management employee is still here that was employed my first day 3 years ago. There is little accountability to workers below them, and very little in the way of career development. They pay lower than market wages and most people use this as a pass through position. You won't get a raise or much of one either. Most of the employee social events have been disbanded, so there is very little communications between admin and drivers. There is not much in the way of career development, and your manager can trade you at whim to other departments. I have spoke to quite a few people who are surprised with move instructions on their arrival at work one day. If you don't like it, well - you could get another job. Many positions here are dead-end. There is no growth potential, no further opportunity unless the person above you dies or leaves. And, ultimately, they can move you around to whatever job they want change your job title to whatever they want, whether or not you are qualified, and its up to you to fight to keep that position at that time. Its a very political environment as well, and many upper management employees act no better that spoiled teenagers - they want what they want, and woe to them who can't or don't provide it. You say the wrong thing - knowingly or not - and that could be the end of your career.

    Advice to Management

    Look at developing the people you have. Respect is two-way street: treating employees like chess pieces doesn't make them appreciate their employment, it makes them resent it. No wonder people steal here. Its a very little bit they have control over since there are more and more rules put out to control everything from behavior to friendships.


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