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Orange County Transportation Authority Reviews

Updated February 6, 2019
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  1. "Great people and atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity, flexibility, professional development, great organization

    Cons

    Not much room for growth


  2. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coach Operator in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Coach Operator in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orange County Transportation Authority full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, schedule,

    Cons

    I believe there are none

    Advice to Management

    You guys do a fantastic job, keep it up!

  3. "Outstanding public agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orange County Transportation Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful work
    People
    Benefits
    Location
    Projects

    Cons

    Hard to promote. People stay a long time


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Very Rigid"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Orange, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Orange County Transportation Authority full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting to be in public service helping maximize taxpayers dollars to transition to 21st century transportation options

    Cons

    Each division is a silo. Information is jealously guarded. Some of the divisions have rigid and ego-driven hierarchies of managers. If you don't fit the mold--i.e., a while, male, athletically inclined white make with 2.3 children who like to drink craft beer and jog, you will be side-lined.

    Advice to Management

    You are wasting taxpayer's money by making every job more difficult and time consuming to complete because of an institutional unwillingness to openly share information. You are also losing valuable talent because of an inability to create a team environment. You're not the military. Get over it.


  5. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Everyone stays at their position for long periods of time.


  6. "Great people, meaningful work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orange County Transportation Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people who work here are intelligent, motivated, and caring. The company is large enough to do large projects, but feels like a small company in that you know everyone who works here (almost). Most people are ethical and understand that we work for the taxpayers doing projects that are vital for the people of Orange County.

    Cons

    Typical government bureaucracy and things tend to take a long time. Be patient if you work here!

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch with the "little people" because they have good ideas!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Quasi Government Nightmare"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Orange, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Orange County Transportation Authority full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -9/80 schedule
    -Fully paid HSA deductible
    -Free bus pass and good commuter program benefit if you use public transportation
    -Great projects if you are in the Capital Programs or Planning divisions
    -Agency has a great reputation amongst other public sector agencies

    Cons

    -Benefits are not as great as other public sector jobs
    -Most staff are technologically challenged and are not held accountable for their lack of ability, while staff that are competent get to pick up the slack
    -Lack of Executive support for technology (timecards are recorded on paper)
    -Promotions and compensation are based mostly on time in position rather than ability
    -Executives are so afraid of public perception that they are unwilling to spend money on the things they need most, like technology
    -Lack of career opportunities. As jobs are vacated, the organization would rather hire from outside than promote from within

    Advice to Management

    -Hold staff accountable for not being able to do their jobs
    -Invest in technology. The organization should not be so far behind that the staff manually records time on paper
    -Consider changing compensation to be more transparent and equitable across the organization and in line with competitors

  8. "Great Government Agency"

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orange County Transportation Authority (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, moves quicker than most government agencies, great executive team.

    Cons

    no cons to report of


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Coach Operator"

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

    I worked at Orange County Transportation Authority full-time

    Pros

    -Strong camaraderie among the coach operators

    Cons

    -Irregular and inflexible work hours due to seniority-based scheduling
    -Unpaid splits between assigned routes
    -Subpar management


  10. ".."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Orange County Transportation Authority full-time

    Pros

    Guaranteed raises... always an opportunity for overtime

    Cons

    As a driver working with the public the company does not have your back if you are ever attacked or out in harms way