Operations (Current Employee) – Oceanside, CA – March 26, 2018
In the old days before everything was contracted out NCTD was a great place to work but the company is really falling apart. They might think it's doing well based on numbers but when the morale at work in many many departments is low that is a huge problem. There are more disgruntle staff than people who are happy and proud of where they work. It's possible that if you work inside the main office at 810 Mission you will enjoy the environment and move up in position or advance in another department. They have company lunches catered quite often and fun little events like chili cook offs and so forth but if you work outside the office at different locations you can forget about it. You will get a company invite but you can't leave your desk unattended to partake or you will get in trouble. So is it really for everyone?? Benefits are great. Pay raises are very low once a year. You work hard every day and really don't get the reward on your check. All in all the people I work with, not for, make my job enjoyable. When my daughter is old enough for work....i'll direct her elsewhere so she can be appreciated and advance in her career.
Upper management politically driven, low morale among staff, no advancement, company is a "who you know, not what you know" type of place
Sounds great, near the beach, what could go wrong?
Rail System Manager (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – May 2, 2018
If you have accepted a management position with NCTD, start saving your money and looking for your next opportunity. You will notice right off the bat there is something wrong with the work culture. Find out how long your co-workers have worked there. You're going to find out most are newly hired, just like you.
Why are there so many job openings for decent pay in a great location? You'll see.
Lots of highly qualified individuals walk-in and are walked-out. It doesn't matter how good you are if everyone is undermining each other to save themselves.
My advice? Don't spend any money. Pocket everything you earn. When you get your pink slip, take a nice vacation. Look for a real job when you get back. Keep your chin up!
Top management's mentality results in low worker morale, poor bussiness decisions
Other (Former Employee) – CA – February 21, 2018
NCTD has some really good people working for them, but their top management is a separate vessel that does not demonstrate much value for their employees. Even more substantial, they make some poor business decisions, typically based off of favoring lowest expense in the short term. There are worse employers, but I would not recommend employment there, unless you need them as a stepping stone to a better gig.