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Productive and good workplace
Signal Engineer (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILSeptember 5, 2018
Being able to meet different personalities and characters and being able to gel with them. I think overall the company is a good company to work for and it needs more Management training
Pros
Pros you will learn a lot
Cons
Having to deal with many personalities
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5.0
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fun prodcutive ecperience
Electrical apprenticeship hands (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 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
Pros
free lunches, long breaks, cool maanagers
Cons
only 2 breaks, nosy managers at certain shops
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2.0
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Good company bad management
Police Officer/Investigator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 15, 2018
The management in the police department is very cut throat and there are evident signs of racism and cronyism throughout it. If you not in the "good ole boys click" you wont get ahead.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
No room to advance if you not in the click
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Comment – June 17, 2018

Management really dont deserve 1 star but I couldnt leave it blank.

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Technical Support Associate (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 25, 2018
The place had great benefits such as health care and vacation. It had some very nice people to work with. I liked taking the train to get to work and i had a nice view from my office area
Pros
Great health care and vacation time
Cons
below average co-workers
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2.0
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IT Department Lacks Leadership
IT (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 7, 2018
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.
Pros
Normal work hours
Cons
poor management and leadership
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4.0
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Good Internship
Intern- Tech Support Associate (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILApril 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.
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4.0
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Contractor (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILFebruary 24, 2018
Its great to work at metra. flexible timings and casual environment makes me feel to go back to work next day. management is very friendly with employees as well as contractors.
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It's the government. Totally backwards
Financial Analyst II (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILFebruary 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.
Pros
Healthcare, Rail Road Pension
Cons
Management, total lack of work / life balance with regards to being in the office or working remote
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3.0
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Focused on the customer
Safety Officer (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJanuary 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.
Pros
Classes and training
Cons
Advancement is limited
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5.0
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Fun place
Ticket Agent (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJanuary 12, 2018
Nice company to work for, they have great benefits. You just have to get use to being on call when you first start and getting bumped once you do get a set schedule.
Pros
Nice pay
Cons
Bumping, seniority based
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4.0
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Good Company, Good environment.
Technical Communications Specialist (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILDecember 18, 2017
I enjoy working for Metra but budget and funding problems are hindering the ability to advance. It does provide good pay, good benefits, and a great environment.
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5.0
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Great Job
Electrician (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILNovember 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.
Pros
Great job
Cons
Taxes are high
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2.0
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my opinon
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILOctober 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
Pros
benifits
Cons
need many upgrades
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4.0
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Balanced
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Rock Island, ILAugust 29, 2017
Great place to work if you require stability. Loads of benefits, great opportunities to grow; depending on your drive. Teaches you how to prioritize your life.
Pros
You never have to be worried about job cuts or lay offs.
Cons
Every job has a "con" you decide what to focus on.
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3.0
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Stable Railroad company
Human Resources Generalist (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILApril 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.
Pros
stable, safety-focused, strong teamwork operationally
Cons
some roles require many hours, strong company culture
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5.0
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Enjoyable work conditions
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 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 .
Pros
Good hours and conditions
Cons
In downtown no ventilation in station for locomotive exhaust.
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5.0
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Safety Oriented Company
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 3, 2017
Metra is a great place to work. There are so may opportunities within the company for growth. Safety is Metra's number 1 concern!
Pros
Great Pay
Cons
Unfavorable hours
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5.0
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Excellent company to work for with benefits and 401K plan.
Lead Accounting Clerk (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILFebruary 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.
Pros
Great place to work
Cons
none
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4.0
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Loved working with the public
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILDecember 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.
Pros
long layovers
Cons
cold weather
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3.0
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Productive and social environment.
Machinist Journeyman (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILNovember 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.
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