Pros: easy job, good retirement, benefits
Cons: typical union politics, management and median pay
Amtrak is full of old rail road workers who haven't had to work a hard day in the past 20 years. they have been severely underpaid for years (in the oakland ca yard for ca rates; that are dictated by cross country rates) leaving them completely unenthusiastic about their jobs and most just show up for a pay check like a high school teacher. To get new blood in the yard they promise you the world, but fail to deliver, leaving you as jaded as the mindless worker drones that have been there for 20 plus years.
What it breaks down to is the good and bad
Good: you will be there for 8 hours but usually do about 4 hours of work.
Most everyone on the yard who have been there for years get along and like each other, MOST! If your of moderately more intelligence some people may start to talk about you to bring you down and bolster their own insecurities.
Holiday pay is 2.5 times pay
medical for now is 200 for 1 person or 100, co pay is $20 for doc visit to aetna $35 for specialist and prescription cost can vary. I guess thats good for todays standards.
The yard is union and all the tools and supplies are readily available for free in fact you are discouraged from bringing in your own amtrak un approved tools.
The job is easy, plain and simple, the hardest part is getting there on time.
The cons are management will throw you under the bus to save their own hyde's
Almost None of management comes from a management background so they can be very unprofessional and do not posses the skills for conflict resolution or how to properly delegate.
Your gonna work 3rd shift 11pm-7am no matter what – more... when you start with no pay differential. Oh yeah the pay is $27.83 a big pay cut for me.
you won't get weekends off either not until a few years in. Then your hours will be changed or can be changed from week to week when do have a set schedule that you have to bid on and win, that can be abolished by management at anytime or you can have that job taken from you by a more senior person if there job was abolished or they came back form an injury.
And then theres the insecure guy who isn't smart enough to advance or just is to lazy to try and doesn't like the fact you are and making him look bad so he will talk bad about you, you know the typical lazy union slob. – less