Sound Transit

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Sound Transit Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent-All Around

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator

    I have been working at Sound Transit

    Pros

    Excellent resources for learning and growth opportunities, community focused. A place where you really feel you can make a difference.

    Cons

    Honestly, I do not feel there were any cons to working here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with opportunities to Grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Accounting in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Sound Transit full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, relaxed environment, Amazing benefits, opportunity to get promoted if you work hard. The vibe at Sound Transit is very friendly and professional.

    Cons

    Not much collaboration between departments, people often working in Silos relating to their division. Communication between upper management and employees could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your subordinates more often about agency issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great transportation agency to make a difference in peoples lives.

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

    I have been working at Sound Transit full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Employees definitely work with one another to foster team work in achieving the desired results and goals. Experience to see how a regional transit agency operates. While the agency is definitely growing across the operating footprint, it is still small enough to see the big picture. There aren't too many organizations out there were the CEO knows each employees name and isn't afraid to stop and say hello.

    Cons

    Having never worked in a government setting I found that it was difficult at first to understand how a government agency operates. Teamwork needs to be built and encouraged from the top - down. There are "silos" within the organization which need to be dismantled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advanced training for employees and career paths need to be developed, basically there are none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work on interesting and fast paced projects.

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

    I have been working at Sound Transit full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Collegues are passionate about the work we do for the region.

    Perks - Awesome medical and retirement plan, on-site gym, Orca card.

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes longer to complete projects becasue we answer to many stakeholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to standardize employee benefit policies and make sure that everybody is offered the same options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the mission and benefits

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

    I have been working at Sound Transit full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Absolutely love the mission, the attitude, the ORCA card, and the benefits - healthcare and retirement are excellent

    Cons

    No path to promotion, have to apply to new postings as an outsider but that still takes months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate and grow the employees you've got.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Expect little support as new employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Sound Transit full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    free Orca card; employees in my division were friendly

    Cons

    Little to no training; chaotic environment; overall cold/unfriendly employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish thorough employee orientation training program before new employees are expected to produce; reality of culture and values does not reflect what upper management portrays

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Administrative Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sound Transit

    Pros

    Sound Transit has a great Benefit Package

    Cons

    No cons at this time

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great agency where employees have a strong work ethic

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

    I worked at Sound Transit full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best part about Sound Transit is how strongly motivated the employees are by the public good. This was ingrained in almost everyone I met there. They all want to do something good for the community through their jobs in transit.

    Cons

    Being a cash-strapped public agency, you won't find free drinks/snacks here. Also, a lot of the technology and working experience is a little dated, so younger more innovative minds will have to slow down to allow others to keep up with them.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    ST is fast-paced, deadline-driven and gives employees meaningful work which is changing our region.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Division Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Division Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Sound Transit

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Dedicated workforce
    Surrounded by many of the best from around the nation/world
    Career advancement opportunities
    Fast-paced
    Good compensation
    Positive mission and making a difference for the region's travel and commuters

    Cons

    Relentless pace
    Internal silos and squabbles keep things less efficient and effective
    Sometimes management keeps obvious secrets and it becomes apparent they don't trust their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow the silos.
    Don't reward those who don't act in alignment with the mission and leadership direction.
    Hold people accountable.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Current employee

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

    I have been working at Sound Transit full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    fast pace, never boring
    smart, very driven people
    exciting projects that make a positive difference
    CEO is a phenomenal leader and a genuinely good person

    Cons

    big egos,
    lack of consistency of management across the organization, some managers are fair and level-headed and some are high strung, territorial and reactional, and the contrast is not being addressed as an issue that has real impact on morale and results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executives and mid-managers could use more magement training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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