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"This has not been the career step I'd hoped for"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

I have been working at Hampton Roads Transit full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

There is a good benefit package, HRT is basically considered government, so for an individual, the health/ dental pricing is reasonable. The pricing is a bit steep once you add dependents though. I have personal policies for my family and save over half. We also get free rides on all the public transit, which is nice if you are anywhere in their service area

Cons

The upper management turnover is VERY high. Not a single upper management employee is still here that was employed my first day 3 years ago. There is little accountability to workers below them, and very little in the way of career development. They pay lower than market wages and most people use this as a pass through position. You won't get a raise or much of one either. Most of the employee social events have been disbanded, so there is very little communications between admin and drivers. There is not much in the way of career development, and your manager can trade you at whim to other departments. I have spoke to quite a few people who are surprised with move instructions on their arrival at work one day. If you don't like it, well - you could get another job. Many positions here are dead-end. There is no growth potential, no further opportunity unless the person above you dies or leaves. And, ultimately, they can move you around to whatever job they want change your job title to whatever they want, whether or not you are qualified, and its up to you to fight to keep that position at that time. Its a very political environment as well, and many upper management employees act no better that spoiled teenagers - they want what they want, and woe to them who can't or don't provide it. You say the wrong thing - knowingly or not - and that could be the end of your career.

Advice to Management

Look at developing the people you have. Respect is two-way street: treating employees like chess pieces doesn't make them appreciate their employment, it makes them resent it. No wonder people steal here. Its a very little bit they have control over since there are more and more rules put out to control everything from behavior to friendships.

Other Employee Reviews for Hampton Roads Transit

  1. "Course corrections underway & it shows!"

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

    I have been working at Hampton Roads Transit full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting and forward-leaning goals have been set for the Technology Department. Impactful that constructive comments are heard, assessed, acted upon and communicated back to employees. With continued focus and hiring, problems identified, I am confident, will be alleviated. Restructured technical staff compensation package to be more market competitive. Environment is friendly and professional (and no, I am NOT affiliated with HR!)

    Cons

    I have no major "cons" and would like to see them continue down the open door policy for grievances and possibly introduce more flexible schedules and remote opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Continue on path to bring consistency, transparency and growth toward current and future employees.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "HRT Technology Dept"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Hampton Roads Transit full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Work benefits the public sector
    - Some great and knowledgeable employees

    Cons

    - Not a place for seasoned IT professionals
    - CTO creates a hostile non productive environment which stifles creativity
    - CTO paranoia due to lack of her qualifications for the position
    - No support from HR when personnel problems arise
    - Good IT people depart quickly which results in lack of continuity
    - CTO has zero people skills along with poor management techniques

    Advice to Management

    CEO and HR needs to review the high turnover rate in IT as it is very high when compared to industry standards. Start with the CTO she is the MAJOR problem

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