PASSENGER ENGINEER (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – June 22, 2018
Coming from an over the road railroad job, Metra offered me a great quality of life for my family. The schedule allowed me to be there for my family without being worn down and looking at my phone anticipating a call to drop everything and come to work.
Electrical apprenticeship hands (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – July 17, 2018
I learned a lot from this job and would love to contnue to learn more things just like that. It was a was a fun friendly environment wiith a smooth work place and the wokr wasnt tooo hard. the hardest part was some of the bolts catching the threads
A lot of good people work here but they work for managers that create a silo-like atmosphere. There are no team meetings. Everything is one on one. Some managers have no formal training and are large impediments to making the department a place where people today would want to work at.
Intern- Tech Support Associate (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – April 20, 2018
This was a great place to learn corporate culture if you have never been exposed to it before. It's also a good place to learn technical skills since its a more relaxed work enviroment with a greater chance to learn.
Financial Analyst II (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 8, 2018
very cushy job but it's the government and the politics are totally backwards from the private sector. No WFH. Must be at work on time during your specific time or get in trouble. So if the train is late, you're staying late. No remote access.
Healthcare, Rail Road Pension
Management, total lack of work / life balance with regards to being in the office or working remote
Safety Officer (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 27, 2018
Transparent and open, willing to compromise. On time performance is the second focus, and is obtained, sometimes at a high cost. There is interest in the employees but sometimes, miscommunication happens.
Electrician (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – November 27, 2017
A typical day at work is adventure everyday .The boss willing to teach new thing. The employees are very friendly and very understanding. The hard part of the job being in the right place at the right time.
Project Manager (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 22, 2017
place is a little stressful to work at. I dont think someone coming out of college should work for this particular rail road. the rail road is a tough place to work besides what you have to go through in the winter months
Human Resources Generalist (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – April 5, 2017
The Metra railroad has great generational success with long term employees. People are recently beginning to retire after being there for over 40 years. Although Metra is a passenger railroad, it has the benefits of their freight counterparts, particularly since it only operates primarily in the Chicagoland area.
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 10, 2017
Loved working here, very stressful work conditions. Employees you work with are like your family,still keep in touch with them. Manage ment expect the world of you because you are carrying large amounts of passengers .
Good hours and conditions
In downtown no ventilation in station for locomotive exhaust.
Excellent company to work for with benefits and 401K plan.
Lead Accounting Clerk (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 1, 2017
Metra is a great company to work for,they have great medical benefits, salary and 401k plan. The work environment is also good if you are on time and an organized self starter their will not be any issues with your employment. Metra believes in retaining highly qualified employees.
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – December 9, 2016
I learned how to listen to people when they get upset and learned it wasn't directed at me, it was just frustration from other aspects of their day. I learned to smile and be polite and helped them resolve their issue. Great co-workers, worked hard following all the federal regulations for railroad safety. Hardest part, was walking the entire train in 4 feet of snow looking for a broken air hose at night. Most enjoyable was meeting new people and helping them get around Chicago as a visitor.
Machinist Journeyman (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – November 11, 2016
A typical day at Metra Cummuter Rail, would be to be given a rule and Directors notice of the day followed by job assignments. I was hired in through their apprenticeship program, which I have successfully completed. I am now a Journeyman Machinist by trade.