WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY (WMATA) Employee Reviews in United States

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Fast paced experience where your skills and attention to detail really matter.
AutoCAD Operator/Technician (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 14, 2016
There's nothing like working in the exhilarating environment of the Washington DC Metro. Fast moving high level decisions required from all to keep the trains moving and on schedule.
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Internal Chaos
Rail Operations Central Control Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 16, 2015
A typical day at work is chaos amplified by blatant divisions and animosities in the work-force. Teamwork is not what you will find at this company. The internal relationships needed to get the job done are non-existent or severely strained. I have never seen such division in departments as I had seen at WMATA. The company portrays this false image that safety is first, and I can tell you from experience, it is not. The company is so caught up on trains running on schedule that everything else takes a back seat. This compiled with outdated computer systems, a decaying and saturated rail system, trainers who have never worked the position they are training employees for. Co-workers don't feel as if they need to help or train you unless they are paid to do so, which is a poor attitude that management can't or won't fix. The only enjoyable part of the job was the pay and the benefits. If you looking for an environment were you or your ideas will be listened to by co-workers or management, this is the wrong place. The internal culture of WMATA is poison that cost people their lives.
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Pay and benefits
Cons
The internal culture and division of workers.
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Career advancement is endless
Manager, Bus Service Operations (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCDecember 3, 2013
WMATA is a great organization to work for. Everyday is a different challenge along with strong expectations on being the "Best Ride in the Nation" The culture at WMATA fosters unity, commitment, and safety.
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Project Coordinator - Capital Projects (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCDecember 1, 2013
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Washington, DC
Project Coordinator - Capital Projects March 2011 to February 2012

· Responsible for professional administrative and technical work involving the planning, implementation and completion of highly complex multi-disciplines in the construction of WMATA system.
· Supervises and performs a vast range of duties that include the capital funding allocations, budgeting, planning, reporting and expenditures approval for all capital construction contracts.
· Also acts as a liaison with internal and external entities to ensure effective communication in the resolution of administrative and technical issues.
· Prepares reports and project cost analyses, forecast and projections of expenditures and maintains all project cost and activities in strict adherence to approved project budget; Responsible for development of financial pivot tables.
· Responsible for development of financial pivot tables.
· Manages project business records and cost to contracts, performance and procedures.
· Analyzes and prepares reports based on confidential information regarding WMATA estimates for negotiating consultant’s contracts, appraisals for real estate estimates for construction contracts and change orders.
· Review funding availability and approves funding of staff summaries, change orders, supplemental agreements and work orders involving capital funds.
· Responsible for the procurement of all activities relating to capital projects.
· Assisted in the EVM reports and financials.
· Responsible for training subordinate staff in compliance
  more... with WMATA labor relations, procedures and agreements.
· Supervises subordinate staff to include recommending applicant selection, disciplinary actions, resolution of grievances, assigning duties, directing work, conduction evaluations, approving leave request and timesheet.
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Excellent Environmnet
Senior Administrative Construction Aide (Former Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDFebruary 11, 2013
This was the first WMATA project that I was a part of. I learned so much about their processes and how they determine what project will come next. Working on site and being able to see things from the way they were to the new structure, was a great experience.
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supervisor, location
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The epitome of a quassi govt organization
Enterprise Messaging Engineer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 16, 2012
An IT job here is for somebody who is looking for security but not much advancement and learning in the long run,
Union based employee structure so its the seniority that always takes the precedence and not talent,
An almost racist type of distinction between employees and contractors.
Pros
ride dc metro for free, average insurance plan, limited dental and vision benefits, equal contribution 401(a) plan, a employer contributed 401(k) plan
Cons
no respect for personal times, poor management, very little cooperation between departments, very little to no recognition, severely understaffed
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A place to gain great experience and knowledge with excellent benefits.
Regional Customer Information Specialist (Former Employee) –  Hyattsville, MDJanuary 23, 2012
WMATA is a company that offers great benefits, good pay, and free rides on both the bus and train to all of it's employees. WMATA also encourages further education with it's Tuition Reimbursement Program. If this is what's most important and/or beneficial to you, WMATA would be the proper place for employment. However, if your desire is to one day move up the corporate ladder, it will be very difficult, even with a degree. Most of the positions are Union based which consists of shift work by senority; Weekends and Holidays included. Most positions are also considered, 'essential' positions; You will be expected at work and on time regardless of any inclement weather conditions. Overtime is offered in some positions, so there is room to earn extra income. Most departments also do not offer 'in house' advancement; They will only hire non-WMATA employees (or employees from other shops without any attachment/history to your own) for all open supervisor/manager positions. Overall, WMATA is okay, I give it three strong stars, but I also believe WMATA should be considered a short-term place of employment to gain experience and knowledge.
Pros
good pay, excellent benefits, overtime available, union support, free rides on trains & buses, tuition reimbursement program
Cons
job growth/advancement very difficult, shift work, essential employee conditions, very little pay raises
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