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Sound Transit Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great things happening"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of Trust creates busy work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary and benefits package are good here.

    Cons

    upper management is comprised of mostly 'old school' thinking individuals whose mantra is ' that's not the way we do it here'

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what the main issues are causing lack of trust and lack of communication between departments. This comes up every year on the employee survey, but workers continue being asked to do tasks / processes that are not value-added tasks. Many of these tasks only exist because of the lack of trust between department heads. Also, get rid of old school thinking. Begin using technology where applicable to complete tasks.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Business Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sound Transit full-time

    Pros

    Good medical, dental and vision benefits. Provides an ORCA card that can be used on buses, trains and light rail.

    Cons

    Departments operate in silos and people don't always communicate with each other. There is also no room for advancement in some departments. There isn't a path for existing employees to get promoted. Current employees have to apply and interview for jobs along with the general public.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your current employees and provide opportunities for them to advance.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for local government work.

    Cons

    Silo structure, vertical movement/promotion in positions are not truly available.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Transit Security"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Training Pay is $13 then goes to $15.95 once training is complete 6 - 8 weeks later.
    Unlimited Overtime up to six days a week.
    Extremely veteran friendly. 60% of security is prior service it seems.

    Cons

    $15.95 is low for the people you have to deal with. It's a bit more intense than your average security position which seems good, but not for $15.95 when minimum wage is going up to $15 by 2017 in Seattle. Long work hours usually 12 hours at a time so stamina is a must.

    Advice to Management

    Pay increases should be a first priority as minimum wage is increasing, two security officers at every manned station so you're not bored out of your mind, and more paid vacations (5 vacation days a year is extremely low.).


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart down to earth people, flexible work environment, great benefits (agency matches 401 contributions from employee up to a certain amount)

    Cons

    Agency needs stronger leadership/more skills management at all levels to resolve longtime performance problems among employees. Managers don't have the skills to bridge turf wars; department-to-department conflicts go on too long without effective & timely resolution.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct one-on-one confidential reviews by department with enough employees to get a read on where the problems are; commit to working with each manager & executive director to put together a plan for fixing longtime problems.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "sound transit, conservative environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Sound Transit (More than a year)

    Pros

    reasonable salary...some good professionals work there..large projects to work on. good benefits.

    Cons

    very conservative environment for such a young organization...too rigid, some robotic management....takes too long to get things done and buy off from too many people.
    stifles creativity.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with opportunities to Grow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Accounting in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, relaxed environment, Amazing benefits, opportunity to get promoted if you work hard. The vibe at Sound Transit is very friendly and professional.

    Cons

    Not much collaboration between departments, people often working in Silos relating to their division. Communication between upper management and employees could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your subordinates more often about agency issues.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Love the mission and benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Absolutely love the mission, the attitude, the ORCA card, and the benefits - healthcare and retirement are excellent

    Cons

    No path to promotion, have to apply to new postings as an outsider but that still takes months

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and grow the employees you've got.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Expect little support as new employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sound Transit full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    free Orca card; employees in my division were friendly

    Cons

    Little to no training; chaotic environment; overall cold/unfriendly employees

    Advice to Management

    Establish thorough employee orientation training program before new employees are expected to produce; reality of culture and values does not reflect what upper management portrays



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