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Pros
  • Flexible schedules and good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Working Part -Time you get week-ends and holidays off plenty of overtime (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • We work extra hours and get paid very little compared to other mass transit (in 2 reviews)

  • Not much opportunity for advancement (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Horrible"

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    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Regional Transportation District as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There were two paid 15 minute breaks. The main office is also in a very central area downtown and most workers were courteous.

    Cons

    There was a horrible working environment. Some workers were actually terrified of the management, which was passive aggressive when it was displeased. It made for a tense atmosphere.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Light Rail Operator in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Light Rail Operator in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Regional Transportation District (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Better than living under a bridge, barely,
    Management has no grasp of how to treat their subordinates fairly or with any respect what so ever. Can only recommend as a last resort.

    Cons

    Terrible working conditions. Don't plan on having a life outside of work because you will be mandated every scheduled day off

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and realize how important your people really are. The turn over must be a clue as to how much people hate this company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "RTD Denver"

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    Current Employee - Senior Contract Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Contract Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not many, some good friends who are all in the same boat as me.

    Cons

    Welcome to a 1950s frat house. Women are always referred to by the b-word, when the f-word isn't being used. Managers constantly making improper sexual comments and passes at female employees. Gays, Muslims and African/Americans subject to massive prejudice. Impossible to talk to management as they will always ignore problems and find a way to punish those who speak out.

    Advice to Management

    I guess I should find something better to say than to jump off of a cliff. How about learning some real leadership. Sexual harassment is not a joke. Neither is the other great sport at RTD, justifying your existence by making others feel useless. Time for a total revamp of top management and to replace them with real leaders who understand that leadership is about challenging the status quo instead of just continuing with the same tired, vulgar policies.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "RTD sucks in every way"

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    Current Employee - Driver in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Driver in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None really, RTD is terrible in every way.

    Cons

    Everything about RTD is bad, they are a really crappy company who pray on the poor to make their billions, and treat their employees like dogs

    Advice to Management

    get new management


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Much Wasted Potential"

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    Current Employee - Contracted Services in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Contracted Services in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many good people depending on the department. Lots of exciting new projects. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Each department and contractor operates in its own little world and most look for ways to tear down the others. Massive conflicts between different departments and contractors. Many managers just passing time working 3-4 hours a day and more worried about spreading gossip and rumors and doing personal work on taxpayers time than doing their job. Like a strange mating of the mafia and a drunken frat house when it comes to personnel policy. A few managers see it as their duty to protect the status quo instead of weeding out the deadwood and building a professional organization.

    Advice to Management

    This should be a professionaly run company, not a frat house. If managers care more about covering their behinds than working in a ethical and productive manner then get rid of them. Instead of looking to remove employees who care about the company and speak out how about removing the managers who are hurting this company with their juvenile antics?


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Serious issues with management that betrays the employees and community"

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    Current Employee - Computer Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Computer Analyst in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    50% government and 50% private agency providing Denver area with an excellent public transit system. Many exciting new projects like a major expansion of Denver's light rail system. Lots of opportunities in the right areas. Many dedicated lower level employees who care deeply for their community and company.

    Cons

    This applies to the 50% government side where I work. Some managers function like loud mouth playground bullies. Seems like their entire sense of self worth comes from tearing people down. Will refuse to listen when staff brings important issues up like major safety violations. Fatal accident occurred several years ago because management cared more about belittling employee's concerns than addressing issue. Management sabotages the EEO manager by threatening employees with defamation lawsuits when employees use the chain of command to address discrimination. Management tries to get employees to secretly tape record other staff and creates conflict among staff. They'll falsely claim to an employee that they can't get a raise or promotion because a minority employee will file a discrimination charge. Whenever you try to bring a serious issue up you are told; "put up and shut up" and "forget about it, it is all in the past." Some managers even continue to harass employees off the clock or even after the employee has quit their job at RTD. Management also has zero regard and respect for the publicly elected board of directors and feel that they can always B.S. them. Employees are ordered under threat of termination to falsify reports that are sent to the board of directors.

    Advice to Management

    "forget about it, it is in the past" is a sure fire way to guarantee problems in the future. Human Resources, security and legal should be outsourced. They are so corrupted by the current culture that they can't be fixed and need to be completely removed from the company. Telephone info center should be privatized and an additional resource be made available for employees who want to speak out but can't due to the constant threat of retaliation that currently exists. All of the different street supervision and dispatch need to be brought under 1 umbrella and privately contracted. At the very least this company does have some excellent printed policies. Those policies should be equally enforced for all.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Very Little Accountability To The Public or Employees"

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    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Government agency that provieds public transit to the Denver area. Good benefits and many good people.

    Cons

    A small clique with a bunker mentality controls the company. Employees cannot speak out without fear of retaliation. Very junior high level when it comes to management. Tandrums and threats are common. Even throwing objects like chairs at employees. Management comes to work at 9:30 goes home at 2:00 while staff works 6-7 days a week and 10-12 hours a day. When management comes in they spend more time having on the clock parties, cussing out staff, cruising the internet and using company cars on personal errands like buying handguns after the Aurora theatre shooting. Homophopic comments common and management tries to turn emplooyees against each other in order to deflect from real problems.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an independent ombusman that employees will feel safe coming to and reporting problems. Put a gay employee on the diversity panel. Stop covering up problems. Firing whistleblowers who finally were left with no choice but to speak out cures nothing. Get rid of the dead wood at the top who care more about protecting their perks and image than with providing a service to the public.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "One Big Soap Opera"

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    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Regional Transportation District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depends on the department. Some areas have great leadership and are enjoyable to work in. Good benefits like the wellness center. Free bus rides. Feel like you are doing something good for community.

    Cons

    Senior managers in romantic relationships with direct reports against printed policy. Managers, male and female, threatening staff if they refuse a date. If you report EEO violations to HR retaliation is a sure thing. Company marinates itself in the f-word and other gutter language. Sexist and misogynistic attitude towards women. Insecure and weak women managers enable and encourage the degradation of their fellow female employees.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and admit that this is the year 2014. Any manager who threatens an employee and those that don't but enable the threats should be terminated. RTD elected board of directors should have a special investigator who reports directly to them.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "RTD"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quasi public/private entity; gain experience workin in both environments
    Training and tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Lack of communication; creates gossiping and rumor mills
    Lack of leadership with too many levels of management

    Advice to Management

    Allow employee feedback without repercussions


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