Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego

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Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
12 Reviews
3.6
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Hard work, but decently fair management and good compensation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bus Operator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Bus Operator in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Stability and overtime. If you want a job that's not going to go away overnight (provided you can avoid running into stuff and have a decent attitude), and want to make a lot of overtime money, this is the right place. Benefits are good as well.

    Management is fair. If you do your job and keep your nose clean, then you'll have no problems with management.

    Culture. When you get to know your fellow drivers, you'll feel like family. Sharing crazy passenger stories never gets old. You really start to relate to others who do this job.

    Cons

    Work/life balance. Prepare to have no life outside of work for the first year or so. New people get all of the worst shifts. You'll end up with 3-4 hour split shifts regularly (8 hours of paid work time, but split by 3-4 hours of unpaid time, leading to what feels like 12 hour work days). You'll get called in on one of your days off regularly, but if you like or want overtime, this isn't really a con.

    Work environment. Driving a bus gets easier every time you do it, but dealing with people never gets easier. Some days everything will go smoothly, and you'll feel like everyone appreciates what you do. Other days everyone will seem to be in your face. Most days it's somewhere in between. If you have thick skin, or want to develop it, this is the job for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not appreciated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many good and dedicated people, willing to work hard.

    Cons

    Management is focused on being as lean as possible - so staff is worked very herd. Pay is very low. No appreciation of IT or technology contributions. Best executives are very near the end of thier careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology sits at the heart of the business. Someone at this organization NEEDS to grasp that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Lack of opportunities for advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Revenue Maintainer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Revenue Maintainer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay at MTS is good and there are some very good people at the company.

    Cons

    There is a severe lack of communication and professionalism between departments and even within individual departments and work areas. The command and administrative structure is very manager-centric. If you are not a favorite of someone in a high place, you cannot advance, even with education. It is better to come in from the outside with a degree and experience than to try to work your up the ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate. Poor communication is rampant in this company. Instill in department managers the importance of training and growing employees from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very rewarding experience here!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I love the people I work with which includes almost all of the employees in some way. Co-workers are happy to be here and passionate about what they do. It's a friendly yet goal-oriented environment. I also love the mission and values of the company. We provide an important service to the community!

    Cons

    Being that we have two divisions, bus and trolley, and employees in all different locations, it's hard to be one cohesive group. Also since we run almost 24/7, the schedules for some positions can be difficult to get used to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Alternative/flexible work schedules for office jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Your ambition is your only limit!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work hard and smart and you will be promoted. Pay and benefits are excellent. Absolutely love contributing to the mission of providing public transit the masses. Most environmentally friendly company in SD -- CNG buses and electric trains.

    Cons

    Poor performers are let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue what you are doing. Recognized nationally as best run transit agency in US.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A Great Place to work with a Great Cause and Nice People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people you meet at MTS, are the type of people you would like to get a cup of coffee with. Employees are very diverse culturally, socioeconomically, and educationally. It's fun to talk to different co-workers because most have unique backgrounds and stories. Public Transportation is something that people tend to grow into, thus most employees have very different beginnings....as to what lead them to Transportation. Across the board my co-workers make me want to come to work in the morning.

    Cons

    With all great causes....often there are not the financial resources for extravagant salaries. But the salaries are decent and the benefits are great!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does the best they can, considering they are dealing with financial constraints of being a public entity, with immense public oversight. For a public agency, MTS seeks to operate as closely to a private business as possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego full-time

    Pros

    Longevity - many employees spend an entire career here. If you get in good, you stand to promote. Pretty good benefits package, not great salaries.

    Cons

    Not much turnover, so positions aren't regularly available. HR rules the roost and has more influence than a lot of other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to practice walkaround management. There is a real disconnect between upper management and front line staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trolley Operator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Trolley Operator in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Always challenging, you do the same same over and over but is always a challenge. If you want to make a carrier and are willing to work hard and be available at any time you will go far here

    Cons

    Is hard when you start but if you pass the probation period you are good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Former Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity for learning and growth. If you have an interest in the field you want to learn more about, there can be an opportunity to do so.

    Cons

    I worked for a very difficult manager -went unchecked by administration for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People don't quit companies, they quit bad bosses.
    MTS lost some very bright people for not dealing with the "problem" sooner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not the greatest..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coach Operator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Coach Operator in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not a standing job, vacation paid, schedules for work improve over time.

    Cons

    Bad work schedules 1st few years,Unclean public, kids screaming, violence on occasions, Disrespect by Management, Union benefits steadily declining with each new contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some praise on those that work for you, real praise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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