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TranSystems Reviews

Updated September 8, 2018
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Pros
  • "Forward thinking, great talent employed here, excellent benefits, remarkable work-life balance, cohesive team setting, dedicated employees" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Great people in individual offices" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Many rounds of layoffs in 2017, 20% or more in some areas" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Leadership turnover high at the regional level but rarely from corporate level" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "April 2018 Supervisor Class"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in North Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a lean group of talented professionals, and working remotely is easy to accomplish, as well as working with other folks from other offices, etc. I would also think that the culture has adapted to the improvements in training and technology.

    Cons

    Each office has found a niche based on the most recent projects it has been working on and it appears that some of the possible business opportunities are being missed since that office does not have those specialists who pursue this work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep letting the troops know that you are listening and taking these strides to improve the work environment and the business itself.


  2. "Data Collector"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TranSystems part-time

    Pros

    Get to explore LA County

    Cons

    Project Manager was not understandable and did not seem to care about the project

  3. "Project Manager"

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

    I have been working at TranSystems full-time

    Pros

    Diversity / volume of project work
    Big / important projects
    Value people as assets

    Cons

    Typical issues when working as consultant
    Mild bureaucracy appropriate with firm size

    Advice to Management

    Continued focus on enhancing role of EI growing future leaders


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Minimum to Zero Appreciation for Good, Hardworking Employees."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall good atmosphere in the studio between production people and managers.

    Cons

    No bonuses, little to zero appreciation for hard work, triple standards for treatments and salary raises (depends on how much your supervisor likes you, has nothing to do how you perform).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who surround you, you don't want to be left with people who have nothing to say.

    TranSystems Response

    Apr 12, 2018 – VP HR

    This has been an area of opportunity for us. We actually had a record year of recognition through out Excellence in Action Program after we updated it and most recently added a new High Five award... More


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Disappointed and disgusted"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TranSystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some really talented people.
    People from the small local office were great to work with. Experience on a local level was mostly pleasant.

    Cons

    Terrible, TERRIBLE leadership; especially on a corporate level.
    Promote inexperienced people to leadership roles who then implement poorly designed methods/processes.
    Horrible communication from leadership/corporate (often lying about pending layoffs, office closures)
    Cheap.
    CEO plays favorites - blinded by his own antiquated, narrow-minded experience. Most management is threatened by outside perspectives.
    Do not care about staff as individuals.
    Little to no direction for career development.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to your employees.
    Stop caring more about stakeholder payouts and more about the honest, hardworking people trying to support themselves on the meager salaries you provide (compensation is NOT competitive)
    Quit playing favorites and promoting well-intentioned but inexperienced people. Instead hire leaders with strong records of success, employee retention and a plan for driving success within departments.
    LEARN TO COMMUNICATE.

    *also, I agree somewhat with several other reviewers on here claiming there 5 star fake reviews. I believe the reviews are "real" but that they are leadership trying desperately to drive up overall ratings. With the layoffs over the last year entry and mid level staff (former and current) are deeply unhappy and mistrusting.

    TranSystems Response

    Apr 12, 2018 – VP HR

    I am sorry your experience was not a positive one. Communication across any company is an ongoing challenge which we have been pursing head on to minimize misunderstandings such as this.
    The... More


  6. "Structural Engineer"

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

    I have been working at TranSystems full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work. Exposed to a lot. Worked mainly on bridge inspection and some load ratings. Get to work with other offices when light on work.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I was stuck with a micro-manager. Also, was given a hard time about time off for not giving sufficient notice when I gave 2 weeks (this probably depends on your manager in your local office).

    TranSystems Response

    Apr 12, 2018 – VP HR

    Very sorry for your experience. We have very highly rated team leaders in our firm as scored by their employees. That being said, I understand the reality is that not firm is perfect and we do... More


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great projects to work on.

    Cons

    Could have limited work experience if in a small office location.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not A Fake Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location in Crown Center area with free parking, flex time, ability to work from home, decent benefits, friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    While there are some truths to negative reviews (we have been through a couple rounds of layoffs recently and I don't think they were very well executed), TranSystems is not a 'zoo' and potential new hires shouldn't be scared away by horrible reviews made by disgruntled employees. I think a positive mindset goes a long way in the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with your decisions and be honest with employees about the state of the company. Communication is key.


  9. "Progressive Company that truly cares about their employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TranSystems full-time

    Pros

    Forward thinking, great talent employed here, excellent benefits, remarkable work-life balance, cohesive team setting, dedicated employees.

    Cons

    Communicate company wide rather than relying on RVP's to send a message.

    TranSystems Response

    Apr 12, 2018 – VP HR

    Thanks for the kind review. Company culture is a top strategic initiative for us. It isn't easy to ensure consistent, clear communication across the board but we are tapping our people at all... More


  10. Helpful (7)

    "TranSystems"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer, Civil
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work with excellent, hard working engineers

    Cons

    Management has lost its way

    Advice to Management

    Decisions for the company are made by two people. This should change or else they will keep losing good people.


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