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Public Transport Authority Reviews

Updated Dec 5, 2018

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Public Transport Authority CEO Reece Waldock (no image)
Reece Waldock
7 Ratings
  1. "Marketing coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
     in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Transport Authority

    Pros

    Good environment, culture, work life balance and people

    Cons

    Restrictive Government processes for progress

    Public Transport Authority2016-02-14
  2. "Ask yourself if the salary is worth it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Public Transport Authority full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Higher than average salary - Contributing to the community by working for a public transport department - Good executive team - Friendly colleagues - Free public transport

    Cons

    - Low to mid-level management lack management skills such as planning for the future and how to deal positively and fairly with employees - No professional development - although plenty of training is provided for your current role - Very few opportunities to take on temporary roles at a higher level - these are usually filled externally by contractors - Pressure from management to not record overtime - Possible... gender bias in internal promotions - I saw qualified and experienced female employees overlooked more than once for high level positions, in favour of hiring equally or less-qualified males externally. This happened for both permanent and temporary positions.

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    Advice to Management

    From what I saw executive management was good, but they need to take more of an ongoing interest in the performance of lower level managers. Many lower level managers are under-trained and not suitable for a manager's role. This may not have been apparent in the interview but should have become clear when staff complaints began stacking up. If problems like this are identified, it is very important they are quickly... rectified. People don't leave companies, they leave managers.

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    Public Transport Authority2018-12-05
  3. "Working at the PTA"

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    Current Employee - Anon in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Transport Authority full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Colleagues are friendly and supportive Good location Work on major infrastructure projects for the state is exciting Salary and work conditions are excellent Great executive team and easy access to have discussions

    Cons

    Supervisors and managers need support in dealing with people issues. All too easy to say yes Just deal with deal with difficult issues and don't pass them on. A lot of finger pointing Accept responsibility

    Advice to Management

    Focus on both middle and senior level management development - don't give up as it takes time to change. Assess competency regularly.

    Public Transport Authority2018-10-11
  4. "Manager planning"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Public Transport Authority

    Pros

    Operationally motivated environment. Contributing to major projects that impact peoples daily lives

    Cons

    A siloed environment. Not much agreement between pta and other agencies. Internal conflict between bus and rail

    Advice to Management

    Enbrace wholistic transport planning

    Public Transport Authority2018-04-14
  5. "Engineering Graduate into Project Engineer role"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Transport Authority full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Comprehensive and well supported graduate engineer positions. They look out for your development and move you around the business to expose you to a wide array of business units. Weekly hours are consistent and flexible. Approving leave is rarely an issue. Company culture is friendly and welcoming. Useful and well developed project management frameworks. Engineering procedures can be helpful. High... standard rail network and operation. PTA has control and ownership of all metro rail assets which makes stakeholder structure a lot simpler. Decisions can be made more easily.

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    Cons

    Graduate engineers end up as Engineering/Project Officers at the end of their 3 year program which can feel like a demotion. Many lower level roles lack pressure/deadlines which can lower the feeling of productivity, motivation, success and development Bureaucracy can get in the way (its a government organisation) Conservative culture, not very dynamic or innovative. Modern technology for quality of... life improvements in day to day work non-existent (i.e instant communicator, building wi-fi only added in 2016)

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on your resource planning, young engineers and entry level workers need to feel that there is a path for progression and that there is some thought being made into the future for them (rather than a reactionary approach). Embrace newer ways to motivate employees and experiment more while keeping a high standard for safety. Innovation and change can be tempered with caution successfully - the needle probably... needs to move a little bit more though.

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    Public Transport Authority2018-02-14
  6. "Revenue Protection Officer"

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    Current Employee - Revenue Protection Officer in Perth, Western Australia
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Transport Authority full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Dealing with different people on a regular basis

    Cons

    Payed on a fortnightly basis, and doesn't reflect on the job that is done. Split shifts days and nights, be prepared to lose your weekends. PPE you must provide, you will not be reimbursed for this. Work 80 hours on avg only payed for 76 , 4 hours to ADO accrual day off. This job is contracted by a Company called MSS SECURITY. Welcome to a dead end in your life.

    Advice to Management

    The deaf can not hear.

    Public Transport Authority2018-02-11
  7. "Working at the PTA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Transport Authority full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Close to public transport - free public transport for permanent employees. Majority of general staff are great to work with.

    Cons

    Outdated management styles; Executive management male dominated.

    Advice to Management

    Take note on how some other agencies have addressed their management issues

    Public Transport Authority2018-02-01
  8. "H"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Public Transport Authority full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They have a work life balance and the opportunity to work on . Varied projects including major infrastructure projects. The opportunity to contribute to the greater good.

    Cons

    They don't pay as good salaries as private sector. Employee development often is less of a priority than the progress of a project.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees both financially and in their development to increase staff retention. Be open to new technology and new ways of doing things

    Public Transport Authority2018-02-01
  9. "Felt like a step backwards"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Public Transport Authority full-time

    Pros

    Free public transport Generally don't need to do extra hours of work, and any extra hours can be taken in lieu

    Cons

    Inconvenient location of head office Transactional management style Less responsibility than equivalent private sector position Organisation lacks maturity in delivering major projects Lengthy induction process even for senior employees Need to check carefully what the actual role is vs. how it was advertised

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees

    Public Transport Authority2017-09-17
  10. "Nepotism, fear and bullying."

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    Current Employee - Signal Technician in Perth, Western Australia
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Public Transport Authority full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Low work load for half-decent money Get to use company vehicle and free fuel Low expectations of myself as basically everyone is sub-par

    Cons

    Culture based on dobbing Can't trust co-workers Management based on fear and bullying Full of nepotism and favouritism

    Advice to Management

    Quit and let some professionals do the job

    Public Transport Authority2017-09-15
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