Mechanic (Current Employee) – Oregon – August 6, 2017
I work in mechanical department,hours are not too bad . vacation time you earn can olny be used when company and management will let you. NO EXCEPTIONS! Safety is preached all day every day,but is mostly fake. Lots of equipment used is old run down dangerous stuff. Management in all departments is really bad. Lots of in fighting between them. They constantly threaten employees that they are going to fire them. Formans and managers will steal workers knowledge and pass it off as there own. Corprate has completely different agendas than the local management.
Easy paced work, some freedom during the day. Pay and benefits are perrty good, expecially for non skilled workers
Switchman (Current Employee) – Baton Rouge, LA – November 16, 2017
Great management here work with you on time off vacation great benefits just overall great company to work for I guess depending on the area you work in only bad thing I can say is not competitive enough with pay
Conductor (Former Employee) – Roseburg, OR – November 12, 2017
I used to be imployed Corp railroad. In my 3 years I was worked like a dog and not once was I given a thank you for my hard work. However they are very quick to overreact if you can’t finish the impossible task the managers give. They preach safety but only as long as it benefits them. They promise advancement but once your in train service you will never be able to leave and you will work nights for the rest of your life. You can acrew time off but it will only be given to you when they want to give it to you. You won’t get to choose your days off.
Conductor/Engineer (Current Employee) – McKees Rocks, PA – November 12, 2017
Put your work boots on! Lots of walking as a Conductor. Checking your “train” daily sometimes hourly after you switch them. This is definitely an industrial railroad. Lots of switching between tracks and customers. Engineers check their locomotive in the morning and then sit all day. Did I mention this is a M-F job mostly daylight?
Not a good place to work, unless you're buddy buddy with the boss
Former engineer (Former Employee) – Michigan, HESR – September 22, 2017
Terrible place to work, unless you are friends with the boss. If that's the case, you will be promoted in no time, qualified or not. They like to preach safety, until it comes to spending money for it. If u do something they think is wrong, u will be screamed at like u are in middle school. Very, very unprofessional. Do yourself a favor and pass on this job opening.
Track Laborer of CF&E Railroad (Current Employee) – Fort Wayne, IN – April 28, 2017
Maintainance of Way Department is like signing up to be a slave. Management shows favoritism and are 2 faced liars...probably most of the time. Railroad Retirement takes close to half of your blood, sweet, and tears hard earned money that you'll see again if you can handle 30 years of abuse. Gotta work out in all weather and safety is left in the hands of the MOW Foreman, so if he's a alcoholic crackhead you may lose a body part...(or) an eye...wink wink. The Chief of MOW pretty much Resembles "Peter Griffin" off of the family guy. I'd have more faith in Peter Griffin than I would with this guy with an Anti- Social attitude who's gonna get someone killed. Long hours walking the tracks and swinging a sledgehammer or shoveling stone...is that really for you? No, than I'd suggest the train department.
Operations (Former Employee) – CA – April 27, 2017
Management preaches safety but , only care about making $$$. They also preach family is important but , don't care all about you or your family. There are no days off and if you do take time off to medical purposes they will take you to investigation. Employees walk around constantly looking if their shoulder.
Railroad Conductor (Current Employee) – McKees Rocks, PA – April 7, 2017
As a railroad conductor, the level of responsibility is high considering that you are in charge of a crew operating movements of a train most likely loaded with hazardous materials in inclement weather approximately 90% of the time. It is a very stressful job however the benefits of being able to work outdoors is very rewarding and freeing.
Conductor (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – September 11, 2016
This is the absolute worst company I have ever been employed by. The management team is a complete joke. They are all a bunch of class 1 railroad rejects. You know they are bad when they are too big of scum bags to be kept on at places like UP or BNSF. Everything is so mismanaged. I had a manager threaten me with discipline for not violating the federal hours of service law. The pay is a joke especially for the amount of work and consistent 12 hour days. It is absolutely impossible to take any time off even for medical purposes. I once went into the ER and was in and out of the hospital for a week. When I returned to work, I was threatened with my job. That was the last straw for me, I quit soon after.
Switchman (Current Employee) – Ohio – September 6, 2016
Management is a joke, and so is the discipline. You can no call no show multiple times and still have a job. It is honestly the most unorganized company I have ever worked for. They preach safety, but some of their rules are so stringent that they make absolutely zero sense and they hinder the ability to work efficiently. You have little chance of advancement unless you belong to the "good ole boys" club. If you absolutely need a job or you have little railroad experience, go ahead and apply. You will at least get the experience needed to go to a better railroad company. If not, I strongly advise to avoid this company.
By far worst company,management I have ever worked for in the 19 years Ive been able to work
Conductor/Engineer (Former Employee) – Cera/tpw – August 5, 2016
They don't care about discrimination first off, their management team is like junior highers to class 1 railroads as I have worked for class 1 for 10 years and they are light years ahead of this tiny class 3. When you have bad management it breads bad employees and that's what I dealt with the whole time. The preach family first but will do whatever their desire to cut your family off. Take insurance away even and cut your hours for them to make more money.
Laborer/ ex conductor (Former Employee) – Illinois – June 10, 2016
Do not work for this company.....they work you like a dog and treat u like scum for little pay.... when minimum wage goes to 15 an hour you will barely make more than someone working at taco Bell.... there is no job security even with a union. The management team bullies you and have absolute power with absolutely no common sense.... the insurance isn't bad but definitely not worth the mental anguish they put you threw. Treat others how you would like to be treated...... if that was true we would all be in a paper bag lit on fire on someone's front porch cause that's what these people treat you like.
Conductor (Current Employee) – Rail Link Region – December 26, 2015
Terrible. Politically motivated, the safety culture they preach is strictly to cover their own behind, and no chance of advancement from the bottom even with experience. Management has no idea what they are doing, and besides base compensation if you hire on with no railroad experience, has hardly any redeeming qualities. The only thing i can say about them besides that is that they won't get rid of you if they don't have to.
401k, Health Insurance isn't bad
Ineptitude at almost every level of management, scheduling inefficiencies.
Trainmaster & DSLE (Current Employee) – Bakersfield, CA – May 8, 2015
The worst days at my present job are better than the best days I had with my previous employer. The pay was a major step back, but the quality of life, focus on individual well-being, and professionalism fills the monetary void from the last company I worked.