Central Ohio Transit Authority Employee Reviews

Showing all 29 reviews
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
n/a
TSR Communications & Training Specialist (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHJune 5, 2017
Interesting work culture. Much different from most. Large union environment where toting the line between administion and union was stressful and often unbalanced.
Was this review helpful?Yes 1NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Bus Driver
COTA Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHFebruary 7, 2017
• Transported customers safely and courteously over the various lines in COTA’s transit system
• Built good relationships with passengers and fellow bus operators to maintain safety guidelines
• Trained new operators on bus routes, operating motor coach, and how to build positive relationships with passengers and fellow workers
Pros
Meet lot of people
Cons
Long hours
Was this review helpful?Yes 5NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great place to work if your a disaplined individual
Transit Operator (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHJanuary 9, 2017
Like the military, use to have good management, good co-workers.
hardest part of job was all the different work hours but when your dealing with transportation that's what it is. The wages were the best.
Pros
Wages
Cons
hours
Was this review helpful?Yes 5No 1Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great job
Bus Operator/ Safe driver Mentor (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHNovember 28, 2016
My advice is just come to work, do your job. Most operators are successful, but leaving the personal problems at home. having great customer service skills, and not taking the talk from the public personal.
Pros
Uniform allowence
Cons
Short breaks or non when your straight 8 driving. eat when you can.
Was this review helpful?Yes 3NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
its an ok place to work.
Report any disruptions to central dispatcher (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHNovember 8, 2016
ive been there almost 2 years and its been an experience to say the least. if you are single with no children and want to make good money then cota is the place for you.
Was this review helpful?Yes 2NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great job for someone with no kids or a big support system.
Transit driver/Coach cleaner (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHOctober 14, 2016
Sometimes the hardest part of the job is just being there. Sometimes the hours are very long and the shifts are split. But it pays well and some of the passengers are great.
Pros
Pays well, Opers, benefits
Cons
Long hours. Little time for family
Was this review helpful?Yes 4No 1Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Fulfilling Career with a sense of community
Coach Operator (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHOctober 5, 2016
If you are looking for somewhere to make lifelong friends while you are working COTA may be the place for you. The sense of community is amazing and the camaraderie is great. It attempts to make up for the extremely long hours that the day consists of, and the uncertainty of not having set "office hours".
Pros
friendships, benefits
Cons
long breaks, longer hours, working alone
Was this review helpful?Yes 3NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Cool if you don't really have a life and like to make money
City Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHJuly 5, 2016
There is a lot of money to be made here if you really want to. Unfortunately, that means having hectic and irregular schedules. Dealing with the general public can be difficult, but sometimes rewarding. Have to have thick skin. Best thing to do is come to work, do your job and mind your own business. They do a lot of promoting from within, which is a good thing. This is one of the highest paying city transit jobs in America.
Pros
Pay, benefits, room for advancement
Cons
Constantly changing, irregular, hectic schedules
Was this review helpful?Yes 7NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Micro Management
Systems Administrator (Former Employee) –  33 N. High St.May 22, 2016
Worked in IT for 3 months (that's all I could handle). Management wants to know where you are and what you're working on every second of the day.
Pros
Free bus pass
Cons
Management is horrible. IT infrastructure is outdated.
Was this review helpful?Yes 3NoReport
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
unless you have your own work the extra board is very hard on your life
Bus Operator (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHNovember 5, 2015
unless you have your own work the extra board is very hard on your life. it can be a fun place to work but you have to be mindful of anything you say and do
Pros
good pay work by yourself
Cons
short breaks no life
Was this review helpful?Yes 9No 4Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Positive environment that fosters comradery & teamwork
Motor Coach Operator (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHOctober 18, 2015
My time spent with COTA has been a blessing. I was graced with the opportunity and privilege to work with such seasoned & talented bus operators. Their input on how to improve quality performance was the difference from all other job experiences I have in the past. It has its share of hardships and difficulties, but the end result is both positive & encouraging.
Pros
Pool table, Graduation ceremony for new drivers, Performance based incentives just initiated
Cons
Difficult work schedule to start, Communication breakdown between operators & faculty staff
Was this review helpful?Yes 10No 2Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
some what stressful
Bus Operator (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHOctober 8, 2015
Can be stressfull at times management not the best and job security isnt really there. Alot of grey areas that can get you terminated.
Pros
pay
Cons
hours change often, hard to manage personal life, hours bad first 6-12 months
Was this review helpful?Yes 14No 1Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Interesting place to work with different chakkendes
Facilities Manager (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHSeptember 7, 2015
COTA is a great employer, just wished they compensated based on experience and talent, instead of how someone felt about how much compensation another deserved.
Was this review helpful?Yes 7No 5Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Silo Mentality
Manager (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHJune 29, 2015
This used to be a fantastic place to work. Unfortunately, recent changes in executive management have caused the company to lose valuable employees.
Was this review helpful?Yes 18No 5Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
N/a
City Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHMay 12, 2015
Start day anywhere form 330am to 5pm and end anywhere up to 2am depending on route and needs of the company. drive up two an 1.5 hours before any break
Pros
great pay
Cons
very little down time or presonal life
Was this review helpful?Yes 8No 6Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
very nice place to work
Transportation Services Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHNovember 12, 2014
Direct contact with customers and operators. Main responsibility is to ensure safety and compliance.
Was this review helpful?Yes 13No 4Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Good place
Customer Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHOctober 21, 2014
Good people to work with and good place to get customer service experience.
Was this review helpful?Yes 8No 5Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Not a bad place to work if you don't have a life
Bus Operator (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHOctober 19, 2014
There are many changes that you must go through on a regular basis.... sometimes a daily basis. The irregularity in the schedule is my chief complaint. It's hard to maintain regularity in life at COTA. Driving the bus is ok, but passengers can be difficult to deal with at times. Compensation isn't bad, but could also be better.
Pros
Decent money and benefits
Cons
Ridiculous, irregular schedules
Was this review helpful?Yes 25No 2Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Family style work, awesome place and fast passe.
Customer Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHSeptember 27, 2014
Awesome place to work, family style, customer service oriented and helpful co-workers.
Was this review helpful?Yes 11No 3Report
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Very fun place to work, alot of good team players
MOTOR COACH OPERATOR (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHSeptember 19, 2014
Alot of experience with problem solving on a daily basis. The company taught me how to be extremely safety conscious.
Was this review helpful?Yes 3No 4Report
Claim this company page

Want to know more about working here?

Ask a question about working or interviewing at Central Ohio Transit Authority. Our community is ready to answer.

Ask a Question

Overall rating

3.7
Based on 29 reviews
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Ratings by category

Work/Life Balance
2.7
Compensation/Benefits
3.7
Job Security/Advancement
3.1
Management
2.9
Culture
3.4

Central Ohio Transit Authority Reviews by Location