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American Public Transportation Association Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "Ehh"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Public Transportation Association as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone was very nice and helpful

    Cons

    Office is a little old-fashioned and disorganized. Management not efficient


  2. "place is a mess...culture has gone downhill in the last year"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Public Transportation Association full-time

    Pros

    some staff are great, work well with others

    Cons

    acting CEO is an angry guy who doesn't like most of the staff, only the ones he hired. The plan to replace him is too slow, hopefully more staff won't leave before a new CEO comes on board.

    Advice to Management

    value your staff and listen to what they have to say, they re usually right and know more than you think they know.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "disappointment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Public Transportation Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a wonderful stepping-stone for college grads if you're looking for employment in the non-profit or transportation industry.

    Cons

    Management does not fully value the employees; They stick together on issues they don't necessarily agree upon when it comes to decisions regarding lower-level staff.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize your HR Department and have someone represent or be the voice for support staff.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Throwback Culture, No Work-Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are some good people there; some departments are better than others.
    The subject is actually interesting and touches many facets of society.
    APTA provides free public transit and low-cost health insurance.
    The building has a gym and showers downstairs; the locker-rooms are small and crowded, but it's something.
    Bike room downstairs.
    Teleworking (though you have to document everything you did while working, for some odd reason).
    Theoretically, a 37.5-hour workweek (7.5 hours/day)--if your manager will abide by this.
    Salaries are not horrible, though they are not competitive with government jobs, and you take a hit after a few years unless you're promoted.

    Cons

    In many departments, no work-life balance whatsoever--late evenings, last-minute projects.
    No short-term disabilitiy insurance.
    Only two weeks' vacation for new employees, even those at mid-career or senior level
    Vesting on 403B is only 20% per year--so that you have to have completed 5 years (i.e., starting your sixth year) to be fully vested.
    Some people get promoted solely by being sycophantic and self-promoting.
    Dumb management policies--lots of meetings, but major information silos.
    No offices for anyone other than directors/VPs
    Some surly, underutilized admin staff (with notable exceptions)
    Multiple layers of approval required for everything
    Multiple meetings for everything
    Lots of self-serving pseduo-corporate B$
    Lots of micromangement.

    Advice to Management

    Give people more vacation leave.
    Make it a priority to keep mid-level staff happy, or they WILL leave.
    Allow emplyees to review their supervisors; even if it doesn't "count," it's still useful information if you want to improve management practices (which is in dire need).
    The solution to a problem is very rarely a meeting of several VPs.
    Learn to say no to stupid ideas (petitions, text-message campaigns, etc.).
    Promote people if you want to keep them.
    Make work-life balance a priority. People want a family-friendly place to work, and in an employment market like DC, it's not hard to find one elsewhere.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Interesting Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American Public Transportation Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly people to work with

    Cons

    Lowe level employees don't feel valued, compensation isn't up to par

    Advice to Management

    Wish management would fight for "the little" more.