Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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Updated April 11, 2015
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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Patrick J. Foye
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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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  1. Summer Management Intern

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

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

    Pros

    challenging, exciting projects, intelligent coworkers, chances to interact with other interns, intern trips to GW Bridge, PATH, 1WTC, etc., good pay for interns, Executives interaction with interns

    Cons

    do not get to choose which department or office you are placed

  2. Intern: Fast-paced environment

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

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

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

    Pros

    General:
    Bi-state powerhouse responsible for operating and maintaining many facilities in NY & NJ (i.e. EWR, JFK, GWB), employment and due-diligence directly impacts the daily lives of NY & NJ civilians, large-scale bi-state capital projects.

    Interns:
    Excellent learning experience. Interns are provided with challenging and relevant projects. They also acquire knowledge of software relevant to their field.

    Cons

    For full-time employees:
    Loss of benefits for senior employees, minimal opportunities for growth, decreased morale amongst long-term employees, Increasingly longer hours required by salary staff to meet unrealistic deadlines/expectations, political reshuffling of executives, poor compensation, very few raises, high turnover across the board (full-time, part-time, fellows, interns).

    For Interns:
    Pay not commensurate with experience (education level, and major are more valued), minimal training expected to hit the ground running.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back some employee incentives. Training is more expensive than retention.

  3. Diverse experience and comprehensive capital projects

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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

    Pros

    Good design standards and engineering oversight, good engineering training program and structure. Growth opportunities and career development options.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, political influence in the organization's activities, slow progression path and numerous inefficient/redundant processes.

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  5. Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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

    Pros

    Friendly Staff and you get to travel to different facilities

    Cons

    Not much to complain about from an internship perspective

  6. A Sad, Sad, Sinking Ship ...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy and unchallenging work environment.
    Excellent Work/Life Balance (most employees come in late and leave early as payback for low salaries)
    Great place to mindlessly collect pension and focus on other things in your life.

    Cons

    No one cares about the future of the agency.
    Poor employee morale (offices are bland and employees do nothing but complain)
    Poor compensation and reducing benefits
    Human Resources does not understand the long term implications of their poor decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Time to find innovators to help resuscitate this company.
    Shift organizational focus back to transportation and away from the current Human Resource based cost cutting machine.
    Remove 6-year pay freeze and start compensating fairly. (employees need 10% increase across the board just to get within the low end of acceptable salaries)
    Need to plan for future - Most new employees don't last a year, and the increasing number of retirements is reducing the insitutional knowledge and talent pool within the agency.

  7. Typical institutionalized, government agency.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safety Manager for Occupational Health
    Current Employee - Safety Manager for Occupational Health

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are acceptable. However, given the stagnant salary increases for the last 5-6 years, benefits don't provide a buffer to shine about.

    Cons

    Very little or no opportunity for career advancement. The agency also has frozen most employees' salaries since 2009. This is totally unacceptable business practice. In the meantime, the agency keeps raining tolls. The board of commissioners and executive directors for this agency need a reality check.

    Advice to Management

    Agency needs a serious waking up! To retain good employees, the agency needs to provide competitive compensation that is commensurate with what the market bears for that employee, considering the employees experience, education, work ethic, and contribution. The agency also does very little to seek outside talent to fill new job roles, primarily giving job openings to internal employees. In essence, there is too much inbreeding.

  8. Interesting projects, slow pace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leadership Fellow in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Leadership Fellow in New York, NY

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work on large scale infrastructure projects that are essential to the region; diversity of options

    Cons

    Work ca be slow; bad technology

  9. Great Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Management Intern in Newark, NJ
    Former Intern - Management Intern in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great work experience. Coming from a civil engineering background it was a great experience working with project management on a rehabilitation job at Newark Airport. Grateful to have more of a mentor then a supervisor.

    Cons

    Depending on where you are located being an intern is a little difficult to find more assignments when you finish something. The tasks are manageable but being an intern its hard to continue when you don't know whats the next step or who to go to next.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce interns too everyone they may need to be in contact with.

  10. intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    port authority has a great working environment

    Cons

    i had a very good experience

  11. Ten year employee. Company is stove piped but getting better. Everything moves extremely slow, like a time slippage.

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to a good variety of work, with a regional spin. Easygoing co-workers, and attitude in general

    Cons

    Highly political, most of the perks were recently taken away affecting mostly middle management. Little processes for true accountability. Systems and policies are still disjointed and not standardized across the board. Workers seem tired and disenfranchised from being beat up by upper management over the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    It is pretty clear than all of the new policies discourage longevity. Therefore employees who have been there 5-10 years need to make a decision as to whether or not to leave. So much institutional knowledge is being wiped away, why is management doubling down on that?

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