CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSISTANT (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – July 6, 2014
Pros: eating with the kids and going on activity for free.
Cons: no breaks at all ....unless emergency
The days would be long and hard sometimes never knowing what to expect.You don't always get what you put in at work the kids are challenging enough but so is management. The co-workers are like all other jobs seeing who can stand out the most with the higher management or superiors at any means necessary. The hardest part was seeing the kids leave and – more... not knowing what to expect from the outside world.The most enjoyable part was being respected by them. – less
General Manager (Former Employee), 567 W Lake, Chicago, IL – May 27, 2014
Pros: never boring
Cons: on call 24 hours a day
My position with Chicago Transit Authority included Acting General Manager and Manager II Rail Operations; Capital Projects. Part of my responsibilities was to effectively coordinate construction activities with safety and efficiency of employees, contractors, and customers with the various construction companies. My experience includes meeting goals – more... set forth with CTA facilities, maintenance, and rail operating personnel in a manner that satisfied the contractor's and CTA's needs.
This included interacting with a diverse population: from very educated to uneducated, wealthy to poor, and people with various handicaps.
The most difficult part of the job was always being prepared for Chicago's weather: from twenty degrees below zero, to temperatures in excess of one hundred degrees, sunny to windy. I wasn't just in the office, but had to respond to emergency situations and inspect sites in the field.
The most enjoyable part of the job was at the completion of projects; knowing how hard work and preparations had paid off. – less
Required people who were able to multi-task and complete jobs in a timely manner
Diesel Mechanic/Maintenance (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – May 26, 2014
Pros: stability and benefits
Cons: no flexibility in schedule.
Overall was a very good experience. Worked for 25 years in the same capacity but at different locations within the company. The hardest part of the job was having to work outside and maintain a schedule to ensure the buses were always working properly and on time. The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting people.
Mechanic (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – May 19, 2014
Pros: the pay was good for the time and the overtime was always present
Cons: working different shifts due to non senority
Repair Transit buses for the City of Chicago/ Started out as a bus cleaner and advanced to bus mechanic. The transit company sent me to training so as to become a mechanic. Managers and supervisors were helpful at times. I made several friendships thru-out the years and still have contact with them until today.
Since this was a heavy maintenance job – more... it was difficult adjusting to the variety and size of bus parts. Very easy in this industry to get physically hurt. I enjoyed the training given to me and having to meet some really good instructors. – less
Bus Operator (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – April 30, 2014
This company was a great one to work for. There was much growth for me there and I was able to raise my child and balance work and family well. They have wonderful benefits for you and your family and a great pension plan for your future. I loved working for Chicago Transit Authority.