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Updated December 1, 2017
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  1. "Great Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Challenging work but supportive environment and very dedicated people. A lot of training and skills advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Everyone has an opinion about the agency so no social event is safe if you tell people where you work. Lower pay than private sector.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stable but limited"

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    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work here because you believe in the mission of public transit, because you’ve burnt out at higher pressure jobs and want to relax into a more reasonable pace, or because you want the peace of mind of knowing you will still have your job tomorrow, even if it does not come with lots of growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Financial career growth is limited (at least in the IT and Communications worlds). It is generally known that if you want to be at Sound Transit in the long run but you also want to make more money, the best plan is to get a few years under your belt here, move to a different company for a big title bump, and then turn around and come back here for another title bump later. Staying here and growing through the ranks has left many long-term employees at the same salary that newbies are coming in at.

  3. "Do not Work for IT/Network engineering"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    SoundTransit has good health benefits but nothing extraordinarily different from other companies. Other than that stay away

    Cons

    Network team is the worst. Everybody there is buying their time doing the bare minimum. Culture within the IT department is to have zero-ownership of projects. A very confrontational type of environment mainly by staff that has been the longer there. Lots of thing wrong that you will most likely blame for

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be changed. lots of mismanagement has occurred through out the years without any oversight and complete disregard to tax payers dollars


  4. "Culture is challenging"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sound Transit full-time

    Pros

    Best benefits I've ever seen, whatever you ask for you get with what seems to be their unlimited budget, no one really works an 8 hour day.

    Cons

    There is an expectation that everyone must think and be the same (HR). Cannot share ideas openly. Majority of people I spoke to work in fear. Long term employees from "the dark days" run the place like they are royalty.

    Advice to Management

    Let managers manage, place trust in employees to do their jobs, allow people to openly express their ideas without reprimanding.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "I love it here!"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As the Receptionist, I get to see and, in a small way, work with people from every department here at Sound Transit. Everyone is busy! Still everyone takes time to be courteous and kind, with the Reception Desk as well as any of the general public passing by. The company is on the rise, so there are years of opportunity and work ahead of us. Overall there is a culture of love and respect, both for the work and for the people, and a spirit and sense of drive, as we are the future.

    Cons

    The only "Con" is all the hate we get from everyone. But seriously we are a public agency, so not only is the scrutiny expected, it is totally necessary. It makes us stronger and hopefully better, as some of it is not hate but well-intentioned constructive criticism. Anyway I am all about customer service, so I take all of the opinions given to the Desk and try to make people happy, anyway.
     So I really don't see any cons to this job, at least from the perspective of Receptionist.

    Advice to Management

    Like I said: As Receptionist I get to meet and greet all of the managers in our company, and they are all so awesome! Keep checking in on your people, making sure that they are happy. In a place as big as Sound Transit, it might be especially hard for managers to check in on a meaningful basis. Though, and again, my experience has been quite the opposite: My managers check in on me just often enough to keep the ball rolling but no so much that I feel micro-managed in the least bit. Just: In all your busy-ness don't forget to just *be* among your people.


  6. "Exciting time to be at ST"

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

    I worked at Sound Transit full-time

    Pros

    - lots of stuff going on
    - amazing benefits
    - talented staff

    Cons

    - not much room for growth after a few years


  7. "Employees are generally very bright"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stable with decent pay and great benefits

    Cons

    The commute generally sucks to the worksites if coming outside the city.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Needs A Refresh"

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    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits knowledge of staff in roles.

    Cons

    Government job, limited thinking outside the box. A practice of not my job, very few people advance. Still good boys company, managers promote friends and people with outside connections. Managers are not held accountable for managing employees (in annual review). No process to award outstanding workmanship for employees to submit changes in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the roadblocks to success. Every role should have a path for advancement. People quit their Managers, not the company, no requirement for managers to create a path to excel. Good employees are overworked and under appreciated.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great things happening"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New and expanding systems in rail, light rail, and transit.
    Rapid growth and development from design and build to operations
    Good people doing good things

    Cons

    New and expanding systems have challenges in all areas.
    Multiple large projects at once can strain systems and processes.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Unified sense of mission
    - Good compensation and benefits
    - For the most part, smart, committed co-workers

    Cons

    - Old School Engineering mind set - this is the way we've always done it
    - New CEO doesn't really get the agency culture (yet)
    - Growing fast = less communication between groups

    Advice to Management

    Reign in the way Dept. Executive Directors rule their own fiefdoms


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