Regional Transportation District

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Regional Transportation District Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
15 Reviews
2.8
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company to work for!

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

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Lots of challenges. Good vision from leadership. I like that we are doing things to improve the community.

    Cons

    Not too many. Lots of older (seasoned) employees which is good and bad. Change is hard, especially in a government environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We really need to get with the times. Too much management style from the 80's and 90's. Be open to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Serious issues with management that betrays the employees and community

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Computer Analyst in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    50% government and 50% private agency providing Denver area with an excellent public transit system. Many exciting new projects like a major expansion of Denver's light rail system. Lots of opportunities in the right areas. Many dedicated lower level employees who care deeply for their community and company.

    Cons

    This applies to the 50% government side where I work. Some managers function like loud mouth playground bullies. Seems like their entire sense of self worth comes from tearing people down. Will refuse to listen when staff brings important issues up like major safety violations. Fatal accident occurred several years ago because management cared more about belittling employee's concerns than addressing issue. Management sabotages the EEO manager by threatening employees with defamation lawsuits when employees use the chain of command to address discrimination. Management tries to get employees to secretly tape record other staff and creates conflict among staff. They'll falsely claim to an employee that they can't get a raise or promotion because a minority employee will file a discrimination charge. Whenever you try to bring a serious issue up you are told; "put up and shut up" and "forget about it, it is all in the past." Some managers even continue to harass employees off the clock or even after the employee has quit their job at RTD. Management also has zero regard and respect for the publicly elected board of directors and feel that they can always B.S. them. Employees are ordered under threat of termination to falsify reports that are sent to the board of directors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "forget about it, it is in the past" is a sure fire way to guarantee problems in the future. Human Resources, security and legal should be outsourced. They are so corrupted by the current culture that they can't be fixed and need to be completely removed from the company. Telephone info center should be privatized and an additional resource be made available for employees who want to speak out but can't due to the constant threat of retaliation that currently exists. All of the different street supervision and dispatch need to be brought under 1 umbrella and privately contracted. At the very least this company does have some excellent printed policies. Those policies should be equally enforced for all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Little Accountability To The Public or Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Government agency that provieds public transit to the Denver area. Good benefits and many good people.

    Cons

    A small clique with a bunker mentality controls the company. Employees cannot speak out without fear of retaliation. Very junior high level when it comes to management. Tandrums and threats are common. Even throwing objects like chairs at employees. Management comes to work at 9:30 goes home at 2:00 while staff works 6-7 days a week and 10-12 hours a day. When management comes in they spend more time having on the clock parties, cussing out staff, cruising the internet and using company cars on personal errands like buying handguns after the Aurora theatre shooting. Homophopic comments common and management tries to turn emplooyees against each other in order to deflect from real problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire an independent ombusman that employees will feel safe coming to and reporting problems. Put a gay employee on the diversity panel. Stop covering up problems. Firing whistleblowers who finally were left with no choice but to speak out cures nothing. Get rid of the dead wood at the top who care more about protecting their perks and image than with providing a service to the public.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    One Big Soap Opera

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depends on the department. Some areas have great leadership and are enjoyable to work in. Good benefits like the wellness center. Free bus rides. Feel like you are doing something good for community.

    Cons

    Senior managers in romantic relationships with direct reports against printed policy. Managers, male and female, threatening staff if they refuse a date. If you report EEO violations to HR retaliation is a sure thing. Company marinates itself in the f-word and other gutter language. Sexist and misogynistic attitude towards women. Insecure and weak women managers enable and encourage the degradation of their fellow female employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up and admit that this is the year 2014. Any manager who threatens an employee and those that don't but enable the threats should be terminated. RTD elected board of directors should have a special investigator who reports directly to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Mafia Like Code of Omerta

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Management in Denver, CO

    I worked at Regional Transportation District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people betrayed by poor leadership. Good pay and benefits. Help environment and livability of local community.

    Cons

    Company worships "go along to get along." Management won't acknowledge serious issues, even covers up assaults by management on employees. An example would be a chair thrown at a female employee. Gay bashing, sexism and racist comments rampant. Serious us against them culture between contractors and RTD and also different departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Violence in workplace is not a joke. Must investigate all employee issues instead of witch hunts, kangaroo courts and threats to employees. Entire management team needs a top down evaluation. Simply branding employees who are courageous enough to speak out as disgruntled employees solves nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Love the People & the Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a growing industry, especailly in the Denver Metro area with all the Light Rail Expanisons over the next 2 to 20 years!

    Cons

    Acquiring a Full-Time Benefited Position, they like to use Staffing/Temp Agencies to place employees in jobs, but some of them have been long term (4 to 7years) Temporary Employees and they tend to hire from their internal candidate pool before posting jobs externally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I love this Company!

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

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Pay. Someone is always available to help a person out. Great General Manager!!! Read his Bio.

    Cons

    Just like any other company, you always have your bad seeds: never let that hinder your own success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is always making changes to include your own personal advice for management, which can help the department morale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    not fair at all

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Signout Clerk in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Signout Clerk in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Regional Transportation District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    insurance is good but expensive to get. It is good for what they pay as long as you keep up with what they do and dont cover

    Cons

    The bad hours, you are on one shift and then switch to a different shift with no reguard to personal health issues. There is not really any way to work with them on health issues that they like you to use.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have some compation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I mostly loved working there

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Payroll Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Payroll Analyst in Denver, CO

    I worked at Regional Transportation District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I love that I have a good Pension

    Cons

    Oracle really didn't work for me

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Opportunities, Fun Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bus Operator in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Bus Operator in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with public is wonderful. Operating a bus is easy to learn with the best in training. Shift work is flexible as a part-time employee and weekend are always free. RTD never expects drivers to enforce rules, so there is little to no concern about passenger retaliation. Starting pay is 15.64/hr. Also, the company has free educational opportunities and career options within as an internal candidate for those who might qualify with other skills.

    Cons

    Part-time work is maxed at 30 hrs per week and there is never an increase in pay beyond the 80% of top full-time pay ($16.00/hr) while this is great pay in today's workplace for non-skilled labor. The increase is very infrequent and as the cost of living goes up, pay will not. Work has to either be a true part-time with another job, or a supplement to another income in the house.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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