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Septa Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Septa General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel
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  • Abusive management, national DOT rules broken (in 2 reviews)

  • Do every unethical thing possible to maintain this, lie even when everyone knows the truth (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a great place to work out, with people and resources to help you through the process

    Cons

    I felt that there was no cons for working at SEPTA


  2. "great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Signal Support Systems Specialist in Bryn Mawr, PA
    Current Employee - Signal Support Systems Specialist in Bryn Mawr, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Septa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits. very professional

    Cons

    limited career opportunities


  3. "Great for middle class"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Septa (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good pay: Septa has some of the highest pay for public employees in the area
    - Good benefits
    - Decent amount of overtime: you can make up to 1/3 of your salary in OT
    - Generally good people

    Cons

    - Dead end jobs: you may stay at a position for years till you retire even
    - No real opportunities to move up


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  5. "SAM employee at 1234"

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

    I have been working at Septa full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are really nice, especially the pension. Your job is pretty safe- you have to really do something bad to get fired. Work/life balance (for me) is ideal, but I know of some people who work a lot/take stuff home. The pay is decent. I like having separate vacation and sick pools, as opposed to the more common PTO policy.

    Cons

    Oh boy. Well it's hard to move up or around unless you know the right people. If you don't, you'll be stuck in your position for a long time. Having to work strike duty (again unless you know the right people) is a bummer. HR here is shady (creating positions for people who complain they want more money without posting it for everyone to apply for example). The programs we use are SUPER outdated- it's frustrating. No work from home (what year is it?). If it's snowing and you can't get in because SEPTA's down, you are forced to take a vacation day. Some of the managers here are terrible, though I guess you get that anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Guys- volunteering that's mandatory isn't volunteering. Implement a skip-level feedback program. Stop giving special treatment to certain employees- the rest of us aren't dumb, we see it.


  6. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits on the railroad

    Cons

    Long hours and no work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Security


  7. "Bus operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - I Drive A Bus ITS An Ok Job in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - I Drive A Bus ITS An Ok Job in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Septa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay . Ok carrier .. great people to work with

    Cons

    Lots of pressure . Management could use some sensitivity training

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "conductor"

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

    I worked at Septa full-time

    Pros

    benefits excellent Dental & Health coverage

    Cons

    vacation 5 years to get 15 days

    Advice to Management

    professional developement


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Septa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and health care.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Management selection is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Interview more people for management positions


  10. "Bus Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bus Operator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Bus Operator in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Septa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits overall

    Cons

    Not driver friendly at all

    Advice to Management

    Become more driver friendly. Because the drivers are the company


  11. "Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you're a people person you will love it

    Cons

    Watch the manager that can't handle power



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