Amtrak Employee Stories: Jelena

Jelena Matic started at Amtrak earlier this year as a Principal Project Manager on the Project Delivery team in our Engineering Department. That group is tasked with developing and coordinating plans for new Amtrak infrastructure projects and tracking the implementation of those projects to successful completion. When not at work, Jelena likes to dance Argentine tango, travel, read, and bike.

Amtrak Employee Stories: Jelena

Jelena Matic started at Amtrak earlier this year as a Principal Project Manager on the Project Delivery team in our Engineering Department. That group is tasked with developing and coordinating plans for new Amtrak infrastructure projects and tracking the implementation of those projects to successful completion. When not at work, Jelena likes to dance Argentine tango, travel, read, and bike.

What made you interested in a job at Amtrak?

“Prior to starting at Amtrak I worked on a range of land development and infrastructure projects (water, wastewater, energy, solid waste, transportation). The transportation projects, rail in particular, were
always the fun ones. Several major projects that I worked on prior to joining involved Amtrak-owned bridges and other infrastructure and that experience was very positive. Prior to joining I also took numerous trips on Amtrak as a customer, mainly between Philadelphia and New York. All Amtrak employees that I came in contact were professional, helpful, and seemed to enjoy their work. So in summary what made me want to work at Amtrak was a combination of my interest in rail, the hope that my skillset could be useful, and the impression that the culture is a good fit.

Has anything surprised you about the job since starting at Amtrak?

“The 'behind the scenes' work is even more interesting than I expected and I’m learning new things every day. For example, the process that Amtrak uses to identify where maintenance is needed and to monitor the performance of all system components is something I didn’t think much about before joining. There is high emphasis on safety, which is not surprising, but the safety programs are even more comprehensive and well organized than I expected.


Amtrak’s onboarding and training program is also very impressive. I am meeting colleagues from other departments and learning about what they do. I look forward to applying all the training and leveraging interdisciplinary relationships to collaboratively deliver projects that will make all of us proud.

What is a typical day like for you?

“Much of my day is spent communicating – gathering, reviewing, and sharing project information and attending meetings. I enjoy understanding all aspects of a project, from schedule, budget, and resource planning, to engineering challenges and construction sequencing. On some days I visit our project sites. Being outdoors, seeing construction progress, and being close to the rail corridor with trains zooming by is a special thrill and a nice change of scenery from the more typical day at the office.

What is your favorite part about being an Amtrak employee?

“I like the people at Amtrak and the genuinely pleasant work environment. Everyone has been super nice. I also love trains. It’s a great way to travel. Working to maintain and improve the rail network and sustainably transport people is inspiring.

What advice do you have for someone looking for a job at Amtrak?

“Sign up for Amtrak job notifications and be on the lookout for the opportunity that best fits your interests and qualifications.

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