Very stressful, they have a lot of swings. Those trains must be in operational at all times no matter what.
Combine Rail Operator (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 18, 2018
CTA has predominantly blacks working there, the clerk's makes your schedule out and a lot of them is very very unfair, if they are jealous of you or have something against you you gets the worst schedule, like a swing or flagging or turn around and have you come Back in 8 hours later (that's if you are on the board) it's supposed to go by seniority but that is not always the case at CTA and the union sucks!!!! You will get dogged out there if you don't speak up for yourself.. most of the rail operators that been working there for a long time have a certain walk about themselves(run down)..
Bus Mechanic, HVAC Certification, Driver CDL B (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 19, 2017
calm and safe environment. learned safety and various equipment use. Also train periodically on new equipment. Management is top notch. Workplace culture excellent. Learning to work independently. Most enjoyable part of this job is the security of having a job.
Combined Rail Operator (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 14, 2017
Good Salary and subpar benefits. High pension deduction at 12% and another unethical 4% deduction for retirees health care insurance paid by active workers that the CTA should cover but denied. No work/Life balance and seniority system of working scheduling is failing do to bias friendships with scheduling work. Poor professional etiquette throughout the company. Hardest part of the job is showing up on time everyday. No paid sick days or sick days, you will be disciplined for missing days at work. Most enjoyable part of this job is finishing your shift and going home to those you love most. This job is a great tool to get ahead in life but it takes 5yrs to reach top salary.
No sick days, No work/life balance, Poor management, Poor union support, Poor professional environment
Bus Operator (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 12, 2017
communicating and meeting new people as well as getting to know your peers and developing relationships is what I enjoy about the job. Ive learned patience while working for CTA and that is the most important thing working here. A typical day is long due to long breaks and long times of travelling to locations alone without no one to speak to or something to listen to.
communicating and meeting new people, getting to know your peers, and developing relationships
long breaks, you have to endure anything that people send your way, you can get in trouble for anything
I learned how to drive aggressively here at this job so I say that a 40ft bus was my first car.
Bus Operator (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 9, 2017
this is where I fell in love with driving. I became so good at operating this very large vehicle I was looking for something else to learn how to drive that average women would dare to operate. being behind the wheel of the bus was and still is a great accomplishment in my life.
looking for excitement in a job get your commercial drivers license
Fleet Operator (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 30, 2017
as a single parent this job helped me because its a 24 hr ran company so i was able to pick my schedules in a manner that worked for my household over time. They have nice benefits and a program that allows drivers to switch runs when things come up like graduations, sick parents to name a few. The hardest part of working the job would be the long breaks between the run. Most people didnt live close enough to a garage so they would sit in the training room for 4+ hours until the second half of their run. that leaves for long hours away from home. But theres ways around that, its enough time to go to the gym, run some errands or take a nap in the car. The most enjoyable part of the job is that your coworkers will be your dysfunctional family. they may get on your nerves, make you laugh, keep you entertained and there are alot of social events for you to go to on your off days because someone is always throwing a get together.
Bus Driver (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 26, 2017
I learned how to safely operate a 40ft vehicle. It was good working unsupervised. CTA has a very diverse culture. The hardest part of the job is adjusting to different schedules. The most enjoyable part was meeting different job expectations. Such as arriving to scheduled service stops on time and getting communities to and from their destinations in a safe and timely manner.
Manger, Bus-Handler (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 24, 2017
Every day I go to work with a smile on my face, I try to keep a positive attitude while at work. I try to motivate my co-worker with positive energy. I try to keep my demeanor though good and bad. I go beyond the call of duty by seeking out and following up on additional responsibilities. I am a active listener, manger my time efficiently,
Maintenance Manager (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 19, 2017
Management in Bus maintenance department is horrible. They have no consideration for your life outside of work. Schedules are very erratic and not sable . They blame you for everything. Union employees have no respect for you. Quality Control department managers are always bashing you about not doing your job correctly. Especially considering that they have never worked in the maninten6 department . New GMs are leading the change in culture and I hope it works. But there is a lot of nepotism at CTA . People in positions that they are well under qualified. Considering working here as a bridge to your next job. This company is a disaster . Money is being burned daily and vendors are running wild trying to take as much as they can. Some Union employees are great. But I would say the majority that I've worked with are not so helpful and want to start a conflict with you over nothing.
Customer Service Assistant (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 12, 2017
There are many murders that take place around the CTA and the CPD has stopped responding. Sometimes the management refused to call them. If you are lucky and you have a bathroom in your kiosk, you hide in there until the shootings, muggings, fights, criminal activity ceases.
Customer Service Assistant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL 60628 – September 7, 2017
CTA is a good company to work for if you are not a single parent. When you first start working for them the hours are pretty inconsistent because they require you to call in everyday to see what hours you work the following day or if you work at all. They are strict with their rules but not all supervisors enforce them.
BUS OPERATOR (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 6, 2017
As a BUS OPERATOR I performed a skilled occupation in several socially challenged environments. The Bus Operator connected passengers to neighborhoods, jobs, and communities. The Chicago area has many ethnically social neighborhoods, and one of my jobs was to fit into these neighborhoods. The company taught their employees how to be safe Operators, and this was main part of the job. Commercial Drivers requires a different degree of knowledge that require safe practices in accordance with the rules of the road.. Situations would come up, whereas the management sometimes had your back, but the interest of the company came foremost first. The company value their customers opinion over the employees interest. For that reason, the job's pay and benefits offset this treatment of employees, also that creates a common bond between the bus operators.