Cool if you don't really have a life and like to make money
City Bus Operator (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – July 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.
Positive environment that fosters comradery & teamwork
Motor Coach Operator (Current Employee) – Columbus, OH – October 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.
Pool table, Graduation ceremony for new drivers, Performance based incentives just initiated
Difficult work schedule to start, Communication breakdown between operators & faculty staff
Bus Operator/Customer Service (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – November 29, 2012
this job is great for a great supportive family or single person with no young children that needs caring for. You may get lucky to get steady work. The work flow is not consistent but the pay is good. The extra board workers gets the benefit of having overtime and getting to know all of the routes better. Co-workers are fun and the Management is strict on safety and timing. I loved meeting new people and talking to them on a regular on my consistent routes. My favorite route was the crosstown 92 and the several of the express routes were fun and full of nice people.
union, driving, knowing the city better, long breaks, sleep time
short breaks, 8 hour runs, being followed by a supervisor
productive fun workplace pool tables ping pong tables
bus driver (Current Employee) – Columbus, OH – June 2, 2014
a typical work day did not exsist at cota everything veried depending on your route for the day an if people took there meds or not it could go either way. my coworkers varied as well very diverse atmosphere. my management I did not interact with much hardest part of the job was my 16 hour work shift the most enjoyable part of my job was the people
Bus Operator (Current Employee) – Columbus, OH – October 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.
Columbus Ohio's mass transportation bus service otherwise known as COTA Mainstream is a shared-ride service, scheduled in advance, and available as a door-to-door service to customers upon request whose need is determined through ADA paratransit eligibility process.
Beautiful new facility. Managers and staff are very cordial towards each other. Very comfortable environment to work in.
Zone Supervisor (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – July 15, 2014
Supervised coach operators checked time points logged information did counseling discipline hearings coaching and training, customer service. I learned how to track and audit routes how to use outlook how to lead meeting and how to investigate. My co-workers worked hard to keep services on time as well. Hardest part of the job is keeping your customers motivated whether interior or exterior. I pride myself on on-time service.
Bus Operator (Former Employee) – columbus, ohio – June 25, 2013
A decent job with decent pay. Co-workers and generally nice and helpful. The hardest part of the job is usually the public. I liked working for the company but with sick children its not the job to have.