Chicago Transit Authority Pay & Benefits reviews: Bus Driver in Chicago, IL

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Worst company ever
Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 21, 2019
Chicago transit authority is horrible. The union is just as worst, they don’t care about associates only the money. The management only care about customers any wrong this can easily be your fault no matter what you say. Every time new contracts are up, the pay raise doesn’t benefit because the company raises medical along that pension is automatic deductions you have no choice to start or stop. Schedule is garbage 3hrs in morning, 5 hr break, then you have to be back again for work .
Pros
On paper you think your rich and cool.
Cons
Humana insurance, dental and vision is garbage Union is useless. Management are crooks.
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Unbalanced
Bus Operator (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 3, 2019
The hours are all over the place but if you can stick in there for a few years it slowly gets better you will barely have a life outside of cta, depending on which garage you're at management might suck overall it's good pay sometimes
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Not worth it
BUS OPERATOR (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 22, 2019
Starting out at CTA your hours are unpredictable and most likely will be overnight for a few months. They use you when they need you. There is no room for mistakes, management isn't lenient at all. The pay is great, and you can pick up extra work. The insurance isn't that great. If you are a laid back person, like me, don't apply for bus operator. I'm looking for a new job now. Dealing with the public and dealing with CTA customers are completely different. Dealing with disrespect everyday is tiring and not worth it.
Pros
Money
Cons
healthcare, customers, scrutinty from management
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Great place
Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL 60606April 1, 2019
Your end game if you get you foot in the door keep it there if rough at first but stick with it and everything is great you can’t beat it paid well yeah it stressful but it gets better
Pros
Pay retirement
Cons
Long days
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Poor Management
Bus Operator/Road Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL 60644March 26, 2019
This place is a mess just go and talk to 100 bus operators and see what they tell you. Management is no good. Your not paid what your supposed to be paid because of the Health Care Trust.
Pros
None
Cons
Stress
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This is not everyone
Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 18, 2019
I enjoyed learning how to drive these heavy and long vehicles. the aspects of what cta wants is a tall demand so if you have kids and no family support it will be difficult to fulfill the demands. Otherwise great company
Pros
benifits
Cons
wants you there all day long/
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productive and fun work place
bus operator (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJanuary 17, 2019
fun and productive work enviroment very interesting place to work wish i could retire from here, you have 4 hour breaks for lunch and the climate is always mellow
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productive and fun workplace with co workers
Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILDecember 20, 2018
great place to work and grow inside the company but the scheduling is a bit difficult if you have a family over all it has great pay a great retirement and good benefits
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Stressful and serious management issues.
BUS OPERATOR, CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILNovember 21, 2018
Years ago (many) this was the job to have, excellent benefits, and a great union. Now it's not the same and has been that way for sometime now. Their is a very noticeable disconnect between workers that work at headquarters and the workers out in the field.
Pros
Free rides
Cons
7.5 to 8 hr work day with a 3 to 4 hour lunch smh....
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Good an Great Place To Work
Bus Operator (servicer-CTA) (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILNovember 16, 2018
Good And Great Place To Work But It Takes You Along time To Move up And also Takes Away From Families although they are a great company but not for most
Pros
Benefits and Great co-workers
Cons
Odd Hours of working
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good job for a career driver
Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILOctober 14, 2018
CTA has good benefits and driving in the city itself was not stressful at all, but checking in for work and dealing with management, and the clerks at check-in is very stressful, and having to deal with this stress at the very beginning of each work day makes it not a desirable place to work.
Pros
good benefits
Cons
management
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Stressful and cut throat
Bus Operator (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILOctober 8, 2018
started at part time and was for 2 years. The management treats you with as little respect as possible. After 4 years being there I have still not received a paid vacation. You are required to buy your own uniforms from a store that CTA is known to be taking kickbacks from, the uniforms are very expensive with a shirt costing as much as $60. HORRIBLE and UNSAFE working environment with a tense relationship between operators and management. CTA will deduct money from your pay, this deduction is called HC Trust this deduction is mandatory and is said to maintain health care for those who have already retired even though those retires have never seen a dime of it, that coupled with the fact that your paycheck is never what its supposed to be and hard to track because of the encrypted check stubs
Pros
Pay check is always on time
Cons
hostile work environment
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Great pay!, terrible work environment
Full time Bus operator (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILSeptember 5, 2018
The CTA, ugh where do i begin.
I have been employed 2 years and 4 months and it has been a roller coaster. The work environment is of a stress i have never dealt with before. The management is atrocious and has zero regard for its employees. The only good thing about the CTA is the pay and pension if you CAN make it to retirement.
Pros
hourly rate $36 at top pay scale
Cons
everything else
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Must be able to multitask.
Bus Operator/Line Instructor (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 2, 2018
Hectic schedule and long hours. working with the public can be very taxing and unpredictable. Busy areas and sometimes dangerous neighborhoods so you really have to be focused while on duty.
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Cta
Part Time Bus Operator (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 15, 2018
Pre-Trip; 8 hours with the paying customer or ridership and communication with people throughout a day or night...Its exciting yet safety is the number one goal;
Pros
Great Benefits
Cons
Nothing
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Fun work place
Bus operator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 29, 2018
I Enjoyed working for CTA because it gave me a chance to meet new people.The pay and benefits we're excellent.When I first started there the Managers believed in helping you keep your job and with any problems you may have encountered.But its not that way now it's much easier to loose your job there now.
Pros
Making your own schedule
Cons
The rules wasn't for the employees.
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The pay is good..
Bus operator (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 21, 2018
Overall, the pay is good. You have your pros and cons as with any job. The benefits are ok but could be better. The hours vary from day to day unless you have seniority. I would recommend it if you're looking for stability and don't mind putting in the time.
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cta
Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 7, 2018
you experience alot working with the public teaches how to handle alot of situations and stay calm use good customer service skills and obtain the driving experience as well it offer advancement within the company all around its stressful at times but thats part of the job.
Pros
pay, benefits
Cons
hometime
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no quailty of life
Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILApril 18, 2018
no quality of life, ok benefits, safety issues, split shifts that you are not compensated for, unexplained deductions from pay, unworthy union, minimal training, etc
Pros
steady pay, benefits available
Cons
split shifts, safety, unexplained deductions
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No family time.
Bus Operator (Full Time) (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 5, 2018
Company only supports the worker when its beneficial for the company. Less time at home. Lots of payroll deductions that no one can fully explain. Pretty good starting wage.
Pros
Free Public Transportation
Cons
Crazy hours
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