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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Patrick J. Foye
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Pros
  • Company offers great work-life balance with opportunities to switch career paths within the company (in 12 reviews)

  • Near to my home and very good benefits (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Those in upper management received their raises and get their promotions while we blue collar workers are passed over (in 6 reviews)

  • They no longer care about the employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey part-time

    Pros

    Great combination of working individually and in group

    Cons

    I have not faced any cons yet


  2. "Mitigation coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Mitigation Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Mitigation Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time

    Pros

    Good to work to protect public infrastructure, safety, resilient recovery. benefits, health care, security good working conditions, nice office and coworkers

    Cons

    Not, not,. not, over, not over, not, over, cover, one two three, four, five six, seven eight, nine , ten days, the, to,

    Advice to Management

    Not so much

  3. "Field Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy schedule, some overtime is available depending on the project

    Cons

    Long tenured member of the PA are far too comfortable with doing next to no work on a daily basis. This is true for too many people. There are some very hard workers, but it is tough to stay motivated when these old guys are crying about "how great the PA used to be".

    Advice to Management

    Wait out the old guys and bring in a fresh crop of young, hard workers.


  4. "Program Director"

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    Former Employee - Program Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large scale, multi-disciplinnary, publiic sector infrastructure projects, in a dynamic urban environment. Complex regulatory and governmental environment that exposes employees to a broad range of skills and management challenges. Significant professional growth opportunities in diverse businesses including aviation, transportation, rail transit, maritime, engineeering, etc., and numerous staff support positions.

    Cons

    The Port Authority is a quasi-public company that has reduced staff, salaries, and benefits over the years, comparable to private sector reductions.. New employee pension and health benefits no longer result in significant staff retention for long careers. Current mangement skills and experience are weak, and political realities complicate many aspects of the work environment

    Advice to Management

    Balance the temptation to continue to obtain cost savings with the need to develop career staff and maintain a professional work environment.


  5. "It has its ups and downs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time

    Pros

    great pay
    Great people also insightful

    Cons

    Nothing really its work lol

    Advice to Management

    Always grow


  6. "Amazing Place to Learn as an Intern"

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

    Pros

    Access to true transportation industry professionals who have decades of experience in their fields. If interns show enough curiosity, supervisors and management are more than happy to provide invaluable insight.

    Cons

    Political environment dictates major organizational decision making and can become frustrating. Political appointee leadership's motivations are sometimes not aligned with employee's best interests and intents.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedules; benefits; professional development

    Cons

    low salary; weak tuition reimbursement; highly political

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Staying for the work may not be worth it"

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

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are lucky, you will work on a variety of projects over your lifetime that are well funded, and satisfying if you don't die before they are completed. Lifetime is the operative word since Port Authority time is longer than mostly anywhere out there. Projects are over-engineered, take years for approvals, and are approached in the most expensive and bureaucratic way possible. The pros of this is that you can get away with doing the bare minimum over 30 years and yet somehow reap the rewards of exciting projects in your industry. The con of it is of course to the taxpayers, who are stuck with the consequences of archaic thinking, inefficiency, and a tired, non competitive workforce. There are good eggs. Mentors who have taken the time to cultivate a deep dive expertise in their work and are the best at that one thing anywhere. The company unfortunately does not take the time to capitalize on this institutional knowledge, and as people retire, all that knowledge accrued painfully over the prior 100 years dissolves into the ether. There is also zero efforts to bridge the gap between that workforce, and the younger millennial crowd who has much to offer as well, and comes with a sorely needed energy which is also not nurtured.

    Cons

    For all the lip service about equality for minorities, if you are a woman, forget about it. The most successful women are battleaxes who have had to fight for every inch given to them. Some departments still operate as if we are in the 70's, and the level of misogynist, sexual harassment, marginalization and general toxicity and discrimination is unlike anything experienced anywhere else. The human resources department desperately tries to hide and minimize these cases, driving talented females out in droves.

    Advice to Management

    Ever hear of culture? You have none. Benchmark the private sector and take a look at the exciting innovations they have by way of culture, sensitivity training, confirmation bias training. HR- Just because things are "technically legal" or "borderline" should not make it acceptable to create a culture where sanctioned abuse of minorities and women is pervasive and protecting management at all costs is paramount. Being groped is not legal, however it is wrong. Just because you don't have a video doesn't mean there isn't a problem. Yes, saying racist things IS hard to prove if you don't have a recording, but if 5 people complain about the same manager, maybe there *is* a problem there. Watching a lame video and checking the legal box on a code of conduct is not the same as backing it up with investigations and actual consequences- There needs to be a real look at CULTURE. Just because you are a government organization does not mean that you have a blank check, literally and figuratively, and that you should eschew all of the lessons and innovations in people management that is coming out of the private sector.


  9. "Great place for experience"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Various opportunities for diversified experience

    Cons

    Government employments may not be as competitive as private industries

    Advice to Management

    Maintain staff's institution knowledge.


  10. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey full-time

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    not enough staffing in most departments, otherwise none


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