Pros: its a paycheck, and get to travel and see scenery...
Cons: everything imaginable not mentioned in pros
By far the WORST job ive ever had... A typical day at work involves being woke up out of bed by phone call at every hour of the day, to have to drive to the office, get in a company vehicle, then be at the railroad office all with in 40 minutes of your phone call. All to drive anywhere from 20 miles to 550 miles you dont know really til your at work and your way.
You are on call 6 days a week 24 hours a day. and cant refuse a call for any reason with out getting wrote up, even if the reason is simply that you are to tired to safely be on the road and drive.
Once you get to work, you wait for railroad crews who more often then not, are arrogant and wont hardly speak to you... Sometimes talking down to you, yelling at you, and throwing garbage all over the van that you are later responsible for picking up.
Every single paycheck they rip you off a little here and there, all the while sometimes forcing you to break dot saftey laws about the amount of time you can legally drive in one shift with out rest. In which if you get caught is I believe a $1500 fine to you.
You constantly have a camera in your face that goes off and records you for things like hitting potholes, if you have so much as a drink in your hand you get wrote up.
Management is a joke, half the time they wont answer thier phones, when you need them to. Then most of the time that they do they answer your question then hang up on you befor you can ask anything else.
They are extremely unprofessional as they will just tell everyone about disiplanary actions they have taken on employees.
If they dont like you, ive seen – more... them fire people for hitting deer. When you drive in the middle of no where averaging over 1500 miles a week its bound to happen.
After 8 months with this company I asked to change my one day off a week from a monday to anything, the answer was not a chance.
As far as coworkers go, you dont really have that much time to interact and meet them.
Hardest part of the job, staying awake at the wheel with no sleep, and peoples lives in your hands!!! – less