Management (Former Employee) – Crete, IL – March 17, 2018
Long hours and remaining on-call everyday is required, in order to be successful. Working with the railroads is enjoyable and rewarding. This company has historically been the best place to have a long career but, the current CEO and his executive management team have changed that.
Most management team members are now hired from external sources and a lot of opportunities have been filled without even considering / interviewing internal candidates. This has lead to a lot of resignations from great managers/potential managers that eventually get tired of reporting to and being chastised by a "boss" that does not know what they are doing.
"Customers first" is NOT an accepted practice which causes great concern for the future of this company, since it is heavily realiant on serving just 7 class 1 railroads to sustain the core business.
Poor management underpaid for the work in the adrea
Driver/Operator (Former Employee) – North Dakota – January 15, 2018
Just a number to this company. Management act like you are constantly replaceable no appreciation whatsoever for doing extra work. Pay is garbage with no flex at all. You ask for a raise and management laughs at you. Management belittles and talks bad about all employees not just the ones that don't finish their work. Management not professional at all.
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – November 9, 2017
The MOD side is great the Atlanta fixed plant is a joke the plant manager is to worried about cleaning a plant that has been there since the 30's rather than production spent most of my days as a supervisor cleaning rather than production learning it is unsafe and dangerous to the health and we'll being of workers you cannot expect a great outcome of this plant was told many times a contract was signed and that was a lie wish my guys all the best
Welder Helper Trainee (Former Employee) – Crete, IL – July 29, 2017
I enjoyed working for Holland. It was hard work, and often left me sunburnt, exhausted, and dirty as can be, but it was fun. The company offers EXCELLENT benefits, the pay was fantastic, hotels paid for, per diem, you name it. The office workers always seemed helpful and polite. My immediate supervisor however, left a lot to be desired.
Motto is family first, that's the first of many lies
Foreman Welder (Current Employee) – Crete, IL – July 6, 2016
Compensation and management is a joke. Weekly checks are always being docked and told you're not paid for hours worked that you should clearly be paid for. Like meetings. Fly time. Hours spent driving in your personal vehicle (long distance 14+ hours). You're required to bunk and share a hotel room with another employee so there is no privacy, and no possibility to see family while you're traveling for work which is 3-4 weeks straight with no time home. Management is unprofessional and not employee friendly. They treat you as though everything is coming out of their pocket and don't look out for their employees. Hence not getting paid for work hours that by law you should be paid for!
It's a job
Pay. Managements team. Lack of concern for employees. Work-life balance
Welding forman (Current Employee) – Crete il – April 27, 2016
I worked here for 9 years and have had no type of life and still have no money they rob you on every pay check and have to fight for your money I strongly suggest not to work here supervisor will not stand up for you when there is safety problames that is why I got fired because I stood up to a safety eschew and was told to do it or I will not have a job so I don't have a job because I was not going to work out of my track limits that's just asking to die but they didn't care so they fired me beware of this company
they'll string you along as long as possible then hire a temp when you've had enough.
Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – April 25, 2016
you are nothing but a number to this company. The Atlanta Norfolk Southern plant was built in the 1930s and has been rigged every time something breaks to just keep going. There has been little to no improvement at the plant and employees have to "make do" with certain tools. They expect you to work overtime with no notice while telling you not to go over 40 hours a week. The benefits are good but the pay isn't up to par. The overhead cranes are in disrepair and are a great danger to anyone working around them. I have been at this job for 8 months and came in with great expectations only to be disappointed, as the rest of my coworkers are.
ethic of the company, pay, quality, condition of equipment
employee (Former Employee) – Crete, IL – December 23, 2015
This place is ran like the students are in charge. The management teams are very unprofessional, they lie to you about incentives, bonuses, cost of health insurance, very slow with reimbursement checks (if ever). Husband and wife teams which made it very awkward (especially when they would bring their personal issues to the office). I hate to say but there was a bit of bullying from upper management. One guy gave a 2 week notice and was escorted out of the office by the end of the week. The Curran Group need to look into the practices at the Crete office. It takes the HR department months to respond to applicants. This office is a pathetic joke.
Poor Management, lack of bonuses, lack of incentives
mobile welder (Current Employee) – idaho – February 7, 2015
Great place to wotk at. They pay for everything including hotel and per diem. If you need to fly somewhere they provide plane tickets and if you drive you get mileage. All you do is show up to work. Keep in mind you will work nationwide. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to get into a railroad career.
I work for M-Bar-D LLC. Ohio prep Upper Sandusky, Ohio location. The work is great if you like adventure! If you love the outdoors this is your place. I've worked for M-Bar-D for just over 1 year. I love the work, and not being stuck in a factory.The hardest thing about this job is work life balance. If your single and have no one to answer to you'll be fine. There is a lot of sacrifice with your schedule due to being on call 24/7 including holidays. I really believe management has a good vision to improve the scheduling though. Some of the improvements are being made now. So if you love railcars, basic metal fabrication, stick welding and torch cutting this is your place!!! One more thing you do get Quarterly bonuses, annual bonuses too. The company pays for hotel stay and perdium is good too!!! We only stay at nice hotels which is a plus!!
Job satisfaction, and adventure/decent wage and benefits
Not being sure when you have a day off unless you schedule the day.
Supervisor (Junior Welder) (Former Employee) – Crete, IL – April 30, 2014
Great start to a typical day outdoors and filled with challenges and the learning experience in the line of work was different everyday. The co-workers are very motivated to get the job done correctly on the first go. Most enjoyable part of it all is the benefits and the travel to different states.