San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

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Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. The MTA in 60 seconds

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unique agency in the field of public transportation, in one of the most unique cities in the United States. Putting Muni (transit), traffic engineering, taxis, parking) under one roof does make things interesting. Talent at the professional level (engineers, planners, project managers) is impressive.

    Cons

    The potential to do so much more is not realized for many reasons: lack of $$, inconsistent priorities among top management, bureaucracy, divisions within the agency not working well together, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just manage, but lead the agency to its full potential. There are many bright staff doing good work, but while things are better than a decade ago, you as managers still are not making the full and best use of available staff talent and experience.


  2. Personnel Clerk

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

    Pros

    you get a free bus pass

    Cons

    inconsistent work ethics practiced throughout


  3. The SFMTA is a great place to work for someone committed to combining their professional life with public service.

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    Current Employee - Traffic Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Traffic Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The SFMTA has amassed the best and brightest pool of transportation planning and engineering professionals in the country. Senior management supports staff. It's public service.

    Cons

    It's public service, therefore no bonuses, stock options, corporate cards, or any of the other perks typically found in the private sector. However, you don't have to bring in new business, either.

    Advice to Management

    Once a plan is set stick with it, and provide staff with the support and business tools necessary to see it through. Minor course corrections are expected but constantly changing priorities and the lack of adequate project management and financial administration tools severely hampers productivity.


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  5. Agency working hard to serve the public with reliable transit

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a sense of purpose in the work people are doing and the ability to see tangible results.

    Cons

    As with many government agencies, things move slowly. Also, there could be better communication between departments to facilitate more efficient and effective projects.


  6. Great variety of work and great people to work with

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    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are awesome. THere is an emphasis on learning, respect, and helping everyone suceed.

    Cons

    The lower ranks are really full and it might be hard to get a promotion, but if you are good at what you do, you will have no problem.

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work.


  7. lots of extra paid days off and also weekend and night shift bonuses

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    Current Employee - Automotive Service Worker in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Automotive Service Worker in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great pay compared to the same work elsewhere

    Cons

    I can't think of anything bad to say about the SFMTA

    Advice to Management

    Don't pay attention to whiners because you are doing awesome


  8. Variety is the spice of life which is well-flavored at MUNI.

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    Former Employee - 9163 TRANSIT OPERATOR in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - 9163 TRANSIT OPERATOR in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation is adequate to start at 18.60 hr. Improves by steps in 1 1/2 yrs. to top hourly UNION rate of 29.52. Rate is high as it is in top 3 nationally according to current formula.

    Cons

    Must be flexible in working hours as this is a 24/7 public transit agency although most of the jobs are 5 am to 2 am. As your seniority grows, so will your choice of work assignments.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Progressive Agency, But Still Bureaucratic.

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    Former Employee - Student Design Trainee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Student Design Trainee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency full-time (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of young folks, good salary, sometimes interesting work, other times lots of busywork. A good introduction to the political process.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, often slow-moving, fellow employees not always motivated, sometimes difficult to get help or advice


  10. Typical Government work - but there are a few people who truly care about the outcome

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Aside from the typical public sector benefits (which are slowly disappearing), there are some people at the MTA who truly care about the city

    Cons

    I worked through 4 CEOs when I was there. It's hard to get behind the vision of a regime you know you are going to outlast.


  11. Intelligent, hard-working, committed people

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work with some of the best and brightest; great benefits; strong commitment to the environment both internally and externally; chance to shine and be noticed

    Cons

    City system that allows people with tenure, regardless of their ability, to bring home bigger paychecks than you and does not allow you to compete without changing your job classification and testing for the classification (if testing is even available)

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. New leadership has definitely put Muni on the right track. The agency has always been a whipping boy, particularly from those who are quick to judge and really have no idea how city government works. There are unique transportation issues as well as political issues tied to funding that mandate our ability as to what we can and cannot do.



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