Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
80 Reviews
3.2
80 Reviews
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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Patrick J. Foye
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance, compensation was pretty good, and employees were very friendly (in 6 reviews)

  • Broad range of facilities, career experience, great benefits, work-life balance (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • I have no complains, really like the work environment, you get exposed to real work (in 3 reviews)

  • Politicians and political hacks from both states take all of the interesting and important projects (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Not a whole lot of work, decent pay, great company to retire

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Consultant in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Very relaxing place to work for. There is more downtime than work time.

    Cons

    Hard to get promotions. Very bureaucratic. Not a great place for beginning of career but great place to retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management lacks hard direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    From Good to Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance, tuition reimbursement, benefits, pension, and the ability to move around departments and facilities to obtain a diverse skill set. Not a company you would want to stay for the long run, but is a good start out of college.

    Cons

    Eroding benefits and salary freeze. This company is all about who you know, and not about what you know. Many of the employees are just counting days to retire and are disgruntled from the years of salary freeze.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once a great company has been ruined by corrupt politicians. Treat everybody equally and if you create rules for one, make sure you enforce it for all. Don't tell people you cannot give raises but turn around and give yourself a raise. Remember, our salaries are public so you can't hide it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Ok place to work, not much stress

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Jamaica, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jamaica, NY

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You do have a life beyond the job, the job stops at the door.

    Cons

    No money, not big bonus like private industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good internship experience

    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are many interesting projects, good pay, good work environment and people passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    bureaucracy made it really difficult to get necessary programs to perform the work required for the job.

  6.  

    Great job with good opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Police Detective  in  Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Police Detective in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    politicians sticking their nose in the operation of the Port Authority's daily routine

    Cons

    Target of terrorists and politicians

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put carreer people in top places and the Port Authority will be great again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good Internship Program

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity - was able to work with a number of different people on sizeable projects. Everyone else is generally really friendly, with something of an open-door policy.

    Cons

    Getting hiring and other HR-related paperwork in/processed can take a while.

  8.  

    Multi-industry company, great place to learn

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

    Pros

    PA has a strong regional impact and footprint, has dedicated and specialized employees. Opportunity to grow and work on unique projects.

    Cons

    Negative employee morale due to external political interference, benefits are being cut, declining reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The PA was not meant to be just any other government agency. What made it great in the first place was its quasi-public culture where world-class talent came to work on world-class projects, without the world-class bureaucracy. Freezing wages doesn't help - shedding political appointees will help.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good.

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

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

    Pros

    Great people that work well with others and nice management styles for upper level people. Very relaxed and not micromanaged for the most part.

    Cons

    Are not able to grow past a certain point. After being there for a long time it felt as though many of the people that were much older were no longer progressing in their careers as they had hoped.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great intern experience

    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Substantive responsibilities and great managers

    Cons

    Would be great if intern placement consistent with intern interests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to share knowledge, experience and career advice with interns.

  11.  

    An environment where politics and bureaucracy are more important than actually getting work done.

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

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Most of the time, I had a lot of free time. This was a pro for me, as I was a graduate student, and I could work on my dissertation during work hours. The cafeteria food is cheap...mediocre food at best, but it gets the job done. The benefits are pretty good too.

    Cons

    1) The PA has created an environment where employees fear their superiors.

    2) It's impossible to get work done because of all the bureaucratic nonsense and politics in the agency. Also, everyone at the agency over the age of 40 has mentally checked out. They do just enough work to not get fired.

    3) There is no incentive to work hard here. Promotions and raises are a rarity unless someone in a position above you dies or leaves the company.

    4) Performance objectives are useless, as they are immeasurable and subjective, which gives your manager complete autonomy over your success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This place needs a culture change. Everyone here is scared to death of their bosses. Also, the performance evaluation process needs to change. Employees need more incentive to go above and beyond.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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