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KCATA Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "STAFF"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at KCATA full-time

    Pros

    Decent health care benefits (not salary) and work and life balance in most of the departments

    Cons

    Upper management is lost and shifts the organizational and reporting structure multiple times a year

    Advice to Management

    Make-up your mind and stabilize the organization. Employees have whiplash!


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    "Can you spell RIF?"

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

    I worked at KCATA full-time

    Pros

    Tons of Chiefs and great executive pay. Coming in you will earn at least $100,000! You don't even need a college degree to be the CEO! Arrogance and political connections go far!

    Cons

    They fire the rank and file to reduce a 6 million deficit by 1 million. They are lacking in training, technology, and they know nothing about good leadership. Most of the "Chiefs" don't care about their employees and are only concerned with their status among their fellow "Chiefs."

    Advice to Management

    Fire more Chiefs if you want to save another 5 mill! How can you even operate as a publicly funded government organization, you are so corrupt! You should be audited and save the taxpayers from the amount you are going to be sued!

  3. "High personal responsibility a must! Transit Bus Operator"

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    Former Employee - Transit Bus Operator in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Transit Bus Operator in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KCATA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great support, excellent training, reasonable pay. Union Representation! Pay attention at training, don't be even a minute late even from breaks! Trainers provide up front expectations. Your performance in training will affect the rest of your time here!

    Low turnover, schedules remain set by quarter. Bidding process is by time in the company, which means the longer you stay, the easier it is to customize work schedule. Pays living wages with frequent cost of living increases. High expectation of personal responsibility means working in a proactive, reliable workplace.

    Cons

    High pressure, bid structure means starting employees have less flexibility in scheduling. Not a job for those who cannot handle conflict resolution with unreasonable riders. Safety and schedule demands often conflict, and both need to be met. If you are easily frustrated or overwhelmed this is not the job for you. Unexpected challenges arise every day, while support staff are excellent, a great deal of responsibility lies with you.

    Six week training time, uniform requirements are strict and you must purchase your own within four weeks. Make arrangements. This is a very detail oriented job. Fare box is unforgiving.

    Advice to Management

    Meeting with management takes a lot of follow up at times. Dispatchers are excellent handling day to day issues timely.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Company Overview"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent medical benefits, compensatory time for select salaried employees, fitness center, ability to save unused vacation

    Cons

    Understaffed in most departments, overworked, stressful work environment, paying below market value for many positions, the work environment and operational decisions are politically motivated, do not always follow established procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect, value employee suggestions, establish written procedures at an operational level as well as at a departmental level. Treat employees as valued assets not abuseable resources.


  5. "Awesome, pay training, to get my class B CDL.Pay increases from $14.49 - $16.70. In a years time. :-D"

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    Current Employee - Bus Operator in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Bus Operator in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great pay, Awesome Training, Great people to work with.

    Cons

    No weekends off for around 3yrs. Seniority based.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Administration Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, average pay, vacation time, sick time, personal holidays. Depending on who is your boss, they tend to be relaxed with time and letting you leave early or come in late if you need to adjust your schedule for a personal matter.

    Cons

    The position you are hired in at is usually the one you will hold the rest of your career at the KCATA. They tend to play favoritism towards certain employees. To be specific more males versus females are promoted as well as receive a higher salary.

    Advice to Management

    Promotion from within should occur more often than it does. This would boost the morale of your employees by showing that they can grow within the company.