We get overlooked being employees repairing locomotives. The underbelly of the railroad. Typically you'll see or hear of people like conductors or engineers. Personally, this job suits me best. The railroad is a lifestyle as well as a job. Everything you are on the roster will be controlled by who was hired before you. This is a union shop and you pay your dues, which I think are reasonable. Get in at the right time and you could be getting days with weekends off sooner than later. Get in at the wrong time and you could become a vampire on midnights with unfavorable days off.
For mechanical employees though, you can plan your week. You have a set schedule, hours, and know what to expect. Where I work, the job is easy and the people are fantastic. All safety equipment is provided and tools to boot. Coming from construction, this is pud. There are busy days, but in contrast to reality not in my opinion.
Say what you will about your dream job, but I want money and security. Overtime is optional almost always and if you're in the right location or city, this nets a lifestyle I enjoy quite a lot. Retirement is great, as well as your benefits, though never a sure thing forever.
People come and go in management, but everything runs together and without us, nothing moves. In that regard things go quite smoothly and I have nothing bad to say about anyone around or above me. After ten years here, I hope to enjoy many more in this facility.
Paid lunches/Breaks, laid back fun and safe work environment, great people, pay and overtime pay, retirement, medical benefits
Hours/days off per seniority