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Chicago Transit Authority Reviews

Updated March 17, 2019
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  • "Varying work schedules, only part time" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Pay is low, not given the same progressive pay as all other workers, full time or part time" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "This is a good job"

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    Current Employee - Universal Rail Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Universal Rail Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Transit Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay with a lot of available hours. A lot of downtime. Minimal physical work. With experience Work can be easy most of the time

    Cons

    Dependent on team work, not everyone shares same work ethic. Must work in all weather. Hours can be hectic. Must deal with general public which isn’t always pleasant

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  2. "Unorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good money to have a nice living. Advancements possible.

    Cons

    '90s management style. Fear based management.

    Advice to Management

    Management training is needed to bring them out of the fear based style that is so popular.

  3. "You have good days and bad days"

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    Current Employee - Combined Train Operator
    Current Employee - Combined Train Operator

    I have been working at Chicago Transit Authority full-time

    Pros

    The pay rate is great.

    Cons

    Dealing with the public ,and they take to much out of your check.


  4. "Stress"

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    Former Employee - Flagger/Rail Operator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Flagger/Rail Operator in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Transit Authority part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You do earn more than enough to live in Chicago

    Cons

    Too many chiefs and not enough Indians

    Advice to Management

    Some could use a good retraining


  5. "Great pay Passengers are horrible"

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    Former Employee - Bus Driver
    Former Employee - Bus Driver

    I worked at Chicago Transit Authority full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Paid on time earn a bunch of money working oT

    Cons

    The passengers are brutal and they do attack for no reason


  6. "Its a hard job for women."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Transit Authority full-time

    Pros

    It is a job where you meet new people.

    Cons

    Its a bad job for ladies overnight


  7. "HR Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Transit Authority full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits are good.

    Cons

    Management bad and long hours.

  8. "Purchasing Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Transit Authority (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They pay high salaries to their friends. If you are not a friend, this is a concern. Higher positions are political. This is also a con.

    Cons

    It only seems important if they like you or not. Actual quality of work is not necessarily graded.

    Advice to Management

    It is what it is.


  9. "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Transit Authority full-time

    Pros

    Interaction with many people throughout the day.

    Cons

    Don't take care of employees

    Advice to Management

    Take of the people your responsible for.


  10. "Worst Job I ever had"

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    Former Employee - Transition Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Transition Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Transit Authority full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    only pro is free transportation
    good stepping stone for your next position

    Cons

    high turnover based on who mayor is
    new CTA presidents come in and change out entire staff
    constantly people back stabbing each other
    people getting thrown under bus - no accountability
    good ole boys club
    they treat you as a employee number not an employee

    Advice to Management

    quit spending and wasting tax payers money