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Georgia Ports Authority Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  1. "Corporate Communications Intern"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Communications Intern in Garden City, GA
    Former Employee - Corporate Communications Intern in Garden City, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot during my time as an intern and loved the people who worked there. They were always willing to answer my questions and made me feel as though I could do anything I set my mind to.

    Cons

    There were no cons that I noticed!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Seasonal Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Ports Authority (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Large company with many global clients
    -Well known port (not brand) and is a great
    -Quality first hand experience in logistics/shipping industry
    -Nice mixture of new and experienced hires

    Cons

    -Employees are easily "siloed" into positions and do not appear to receive desired rotational roles for professional development.
    -Employees appear to place directors on pedestal; this may lead to lack of communication on projects.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with staff in offices to promote effective informal communication. Management has much to learn from its entry level and experienced hires.

  3. "Overall good company"

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    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Garden City, GA
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Garden City, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great comradary between workers. Long hour and unpredictable overtime but over all good work environment.

    Cons

    As a newer employee I find it frustrating that hard work and productivity won't get you ahead. Everything is based on seniority. Just keep showing up and performing at minimum standards and you move up.

    Advice to Management

    For me it not about more money. A little recognition for top performers (public and private) would go a long way to increase production and wouldn't cost anything


  4. "Good friendly work place"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Kennesaw, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Ports Authority full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All management are friendly, dedicated workforce, relaxed but efficient work environment

    Cons

    Low pay, not much room for advancement in department I worked in


  5. "Unbias"

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    Former Employee - Operation Administrative Coordinator in Savannah, GA
    Former Employee - Operation Administrative Coordinator in Savannah, GA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Georgia Ports Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable employment with a fast growing company

    Cons

    Voicing your opinion puts a target on your back


  6. "Wonderful!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA

    I worked at Georgia Ports Authority (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A truly caring company that values the individual. Managers make decisions based on what's right, not on what will get them ahead or settle personal beefs. Plenty of opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    None! Seriously, don't change a thing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Research Market Analyst in Bloomingdale, GA
    Former Employee - Research Market Analyst in Bloomingdale, GA

    I worked at Georgia Ports Authority full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    All the other departments surrounding this one were friendly, helpful want you to succeed coworkers.

    Cons

    A one man show even though a team is doing the work. No leadership, no training and if the top two felt threatened by you or you didn't conform to their ways, you were out the door. Neither of the top two wanted anyone but themselves to succeed, they did everything in their power to make sure others weren't.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Going nowhere fast"

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    Current Employee - Office in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Office in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Ports Authority full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a stable paycheck. Even during the economic downturn, there were no furloughs. Benefits are better than most places in the area, including lots of paid holidays and retirement plan.

    Cons

    It is a dead end job. Not unless you are related to someone important, there is no room to move up. There is no motivation to do a good job. There are a lot of employees that are miserable, and management doesn't care.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees. Happy employees make better workers.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Life at the port"

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    Current Employee - Container Ops in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Container Ops in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Ports Authority full-time

    Pros

    Good pay most of the worker are good desent people. It's a good job if you aren't a hot tempered person.

    Cons

    Getting off for an unforseen personal situation is next to impossible even if you have vacation time, your given 40 hours a year for sick time, but beware if you get sick. You will go before a manager and be written up for missing just one sick day. I saw a man that has worked at the port for 4 years and never missed a day of work got sick for one day was written up. THATS RIDICULOUS, the managment needs to use a little common sense, something lacking on their part in many situations at the port.

    The training at the port is less to be desired. It needs to be really overhauled, your trained on equipment by several different people and alot of times it is so busy the trainer doesn't have time to train you properly. And some of them don't want to train you, you'll get the basic training and then thrown to the wolves.

    Some dispatchers in the control center talk to the people in the field like dogs, I've never worked any place that would allow people to be humilated on a daily basis. Not all are like this, but half of them are hatefull individuals. It's hard to tolerate on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the people that work for you with some respect. You don't know who I am but I am former Managment for a company and the recession is how I ended up at the port. If you in Managment would show some respect and treat your workers as you would want to be treated, I think you'd see a huge difference in the work at the port. It's ok to tell people thanks for a good days work or that you are appreciate them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very stable, decent wages & benefits

    Cons

    Grossly outdated & cumbersome systems, lots of management but little leadership, resistance to change & innovation, little diversity, rampant nepotism, directors live in ivory tower & have little regard for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes, ears & minds. Do something to inspire loyalty rather than relying on a dismal job market to keep employees trapped.


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