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Bart Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  1. "Contractor at BART"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BART overall has a great staffing of people. Emploees are generally friendly and cordial. Their offices are easily accessible to public transportation.

    Cons

    Initially it can be hard to navigate who is who. The environment is not fast paced and fairly beauracratic. Highly regimented work routines.


  2. "Revenue"

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    Former Employee - Revenue in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Revenue in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bart full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits an the pers pension

    Cons

    managers are lazy an some are not qualified for the position but promoted because of lawsuits an racial settlements etc.........

    Advice to Management

    Treat the workers better .


  3. "Unprofessional Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bart full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401a, life insurance, medical, dental, etc...

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the good benefits is no longer enough to make me want to stay at this organization. The HR Department is horrible. Management are experts of making employees feel like they are nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Actually listen to comments and recommendations by front line employees.


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    "Program Manager/ Process Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Ability to make a difference - lots of things need improvement here :)
    * Stability - less of a chance of getting laid off (I use to work hi-tech and was tired of getting laid off every few years)
    * Great Benefits (free BART commute)
    * Good people (especially a lot of the new formerly private sector people)

    Cons

    * Sometimes stuck in the past (1972) resistance to new technologies and newer ways of doing things, (however this is changing)
    * Funding and budgets are constrained
    * 5 Unions/government environment make some changes difficult to implement

    Advice to Management

    * Hire more private sector people.
    * Fund new technologies
    * Open more public bathrooms at or near BART stations.


  6. "Manager in Operations"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bart full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed opportunities for growth, varied work assignments, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    New-senior level managers believe in heavy handed tactics dealing with mid level managers.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your new department heads in Operations, how they treat people particularly their mid level managers, and how terrible the response has been, i.e. constant departure of several key management officials. Something may be wrong?


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Keep Trying may take months or several years. But once you are in you are in for life."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bart full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best Job in the country all Bart employees are very happy friendly. Best Union in the country. Benefits are best in the country. World Leading environment friendly transportation. You can have 1 to 10 kids or more on health plan. Best retirement plans in. Tuition and many features too many to name to help you get better and be better. They have culture parties and employee appreciation.

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Lots of long time vets.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Employees and public Safe. Cut back on management spending give more to the employees to get better work results. Have more parties food fairs for employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Incredibly Hard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bart (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people, great salary and benefits for permanent, full-time employees.

    Cons

    Most permanent employees have been there since BART started in 1972, and a lot of them are in cushy jobs, making a lot of money, and are coasting along, waiting to retire, not really wanting to do the work they were hired to do. This makes it absolutely impossible for a temporary worker to become permanent, and pretty difficult for an external applicant too, and even if chosen for the testing/interview process, it can take well over 6-months to be interviewed, then on-boarded.

    There are over 40 posted jobs on the career site, some of them date back to 2014! I suspect it's because of the strict union presence and protocols in place to 'protect' current employees...making it a challenge for management to discipline employees, and if needed hire qualified external people; and difficult for union employees to move around the organization, there being a mutual distrust of each other.

    Advice to Management

    Not much management can do in light of the strong union presence.


  9. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked alongside some good, smart, hard-working peers.

    Cons

    Managers, supervisors and principals promoted and based on nepotism/church memberships padded resumes, not on demonstrated ability or skills.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring 6-figure consultants who create work and time/effort for permanent employees who do not have time to review and analyze your bad analysis and mounds of useless non-sensical spreadsheets!


  10. "Mechanic"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bart full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, steady work

    Cons

    The possibility of going on strike during contract negotiations


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Train Operator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bart full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, pay, good work environment

    Cons

    understaff, management not reliable, communicates with employees last



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