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Metrolinx Reviews

Updated 14 March 2019
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Pros
  • "The work/life balance is really good with most managers being understanding and helpful whenever possible" (in 14 reviews)

  • "flexible, good pay and benefits" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Takes a while to get Full-Time; (up to 5 years,) based on how picky you are with shifts provided" (in 9 reviews)

  • "If you are from private sector you will find it really slow" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Metrolinx full-time

    Pros

    Benefits salary advancement hours commute

    Cons

    Hours advancement bureaucracy politics salary


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good with room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Metrolinx full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Reasonable management
    Interesting work
    Fast career progression for women
    Good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Too many consultants trying to change things, sometimes against legislation.
    The new CEO has brought an army of Europeans to run the show.
    Many women are promoted well above their competence level. This may be good for them, but the organization is hurting.
    Extremely slow approval processes

    Advice to Management

    Appoint the best to senior positions not based on quotas.

    Use the talent you have, no need to import or pay fortunes to consultants.

    Expedite contract approval processes please it actually cost us money to be as slow as we are.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Program Management"

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    Current Employee - Program Management in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Management in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Metrolinx full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, working environment and benefits

    Cons

    Experiencing growing pains, too many confusing business systems. Hiring process takes too long. Not enough full time staff. Rely too much on consultants


  4. Helpful (1)

    "PRESTO Keeps Stepping On Its Toes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Metrolinx full-time

    Pros

    - Fewer hours, easier work loads than almost anywhere - unless you are involved in operations where all the fires are always being put out.
    - Nice location.
    - Fun people. Passionate about transit.

    Cons

    - The company recently put employees through the world's slowest, most anxiety-inducing re-org.
    - The head of PRESTO suffers from analysis paralysis.
    - The arrangement the company has with Accenture is basically untenable.
    - The company has a habit of making poor decisions that prevent it from future successes.
    - PRESTO's ownership by the same company that manages (and cares much more about) GO means it's constantly in a state of conflicting interests that make forward momentum very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop obsessing about what's best for GO and focus more on your main client, TTC.
    - Get much more pragmatic about your planning and stop hiring every consultant you can find for every decision you should just be making yourself.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Metrolinx full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly environment with opportunities to work with different consulting companies

    Cons

    - minimal work to do sometimes.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Metrolinx full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Money, pick your hours, pension

    Cons

    If you’re ever sick they can get nasty


  7. "Rail Operation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Metrolinx full-time

    Pros

    Perk- Free GO, interesting field to be a part of, a lot of opportunities for innovation and so many changes and impactful work that goes on

    Cons

    Boys club environment, difficult to move ahead as a female, heavily political both in the nature of the job but also the workplace environment, a lot of very skilled employees leave because of shady hiring practices, poor decision making

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Corrupt and Toxic Environment"

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    Current Employee - Ontario Tax Payer and Employee
    Current Employee - Ontario Tax Payer and Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Metrolinx full-time

    Pros

    Some good staff but they are too scared to do the right things.

    Cons

    1. Nepotism runs rampant leading to unqualified management. Hiring and promotions without proper competition. This is not private sector!
    2. More layers of management than most corporations making billions in revenue. This is the way to increase salaries for buddies when the rest of the province is under a wage freeze.
    3. Playing with numbers to make results and business cases look better.
    4. Bullying and back-stabbing is rampant. Leadership is useless.

    Advice to Management

    Province, please get in here to fix this disaster. I don't want my tax dollars going to this pig trough even though I work here. Cull the too many layers of management.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Do not work here if you want a future or are an industry expert"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Metrolinx full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good. If you are one of the super lazy come on over. There are entire teams that do little to nothing here. if you are a fan of showing up to work and watching the game on YouTube that you missed last night; you are welcomed. There is no fear of watching videos instead of working as our VP regularly laughs and makes light of people watching YouTube. “Everyone put your YouTube away the boss is here. Haha no don’t worry keep watching I don’t mind”

    Cons

    If you are a hard worker with ideas for improvement look elsewhere for the sake of your own sanity. Independent thought is not encouraged. If you try to make changes and suggest improvements you will become the newest outcast. Yes men are the only ones that are desired as they agree with this boss regardless if the choice is right or wrong. If you are a yes man come to this company. It doesn’t matter that you are an idiot. The bigger an idiot and you agree blindly you are more likely to be promoted as you fit right in here.

    Advice to Management

    Take your head out of your bum. It’s impossible for you to listen with your head so far up it.


  10. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Metrolinx full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team of professionals. Great long term growth.

    Cons

    A lot of internal growing pains.