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Easy job, but difficult and inexperienced management
OPERATOR (Current Employee), Fryburg, NDAugust 1, 2014
Pros: good hourly wage, health and dental insurance is excellent
Cons: management does not take responsibility when they should
Loading crude oil into tank cars is fairly easy work, compared to other oilfield jobs.
Pay is excellent, but management is inexperienced and there is an 'inner circle' of favorites that have existed since the place opened.
Supervisors are picked from among these people, and then their friends fill the rosters and are allowed preferential access to other – more... jobs or responsibilities.
Sounds like a typical workplace, but Watco at Fryburg is already at 63% turnover for the year and will hit 100% by end of year, according to corporate.
They think that there is no legitimate reason to leave this job; and that something is wrong with every one of them who has. They are "just quitters".
Watco just keeps replacing employees,
some good ones, some not so good- It doesn't matter who it is or why... – less
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Sorry place to work
operator (Former Employee), Houston tx greensportMarch 8, 2014
Pros: nothing
Cons: sorry bunch of individuals
Stay away that's all I have to stay a bunch of lazy people wanting you to do all of the work why they sit down and watch they have a long way to go
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Car Inspector (Current Employee), east peoria ilOctober 8, 2013
Pros: employment
Cons: contract is expired
walk and repair rail cars weld certified safety is always important co workers are great
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Ideas are good, not practiced
Accounting (Current Employee), Pittsburg, KSJune 11, 2013
Pros: able to come and go when necessary
Cons: pay
The ideas and philosophies of this company are good but they are not put into practice as needed. Management is not well within this company. Secrets are kept and it's all on the "buddy-buddy" system for advancement.
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All in all a great company to work for. Strong in customer service and safety.
Conductor,Engineer,Trainmaster (Former Employee), Houston, TXJuly 2, 2012
Pros: family based company
Cons: poor management at some locations
Typical Day at Work: Something new everyday.

What I Learned: I've learned meany things at Watco. Customer service,Safety,Team Leadership.

Management: There is no support from upper management.

Coworkers: A great group of guys to work with.

Hardest part of the job: Having to deal with managers that did not have an open mind or listen to there team – more... members.

Most enjoyable part of the job: Working with all the great customers and team members. – less

October 30, 2012

bad ,trainmaster has his brother working as a conductor,.the G M has his son working as a conductor different last names ,they say they are a safty oreinted co. i was dischared after i took a train that was out of complaince ( 9 emptys ahead of more than 5,500ton of loads ) told my eighteen yr. old conductor who did not catch it but then called the asst GM who said under no circumstance put it into complance, fearful for my job i did as instructed.got it to destination derailed 2 wheels on a frog moved 450ft was discharged i had some other write ups as well but were unjust, trainmaster derailed while operating a train whithout conductor and dragged cars over 8 miles no displine, another engineer did same while speeding ten mph over limit dragging cars 9 miles 15 days off but still working................ if you have no other options and dont mind unsafe operating pratice this is the place . oh i do have doc.backing my statements

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Great place to work.
Operations Specialist (Current Employee), Western RegionMarch 27, 2012
Pros: positive culture
Positive team member culture. Always someone to help or answer questions.

January 27, 2013

watco companies are ran by a bunch unprofessional young adults who no experience in railroading.

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Not a good place to work
EHS Coordinator (Former Employee), All overSeptember 26, 2014
Pros: no room for your ideas, must be a robot and not expect anything to get done
Cons: the operators for the most part are great
Typical days at work are ruled by what the customers want from you. Management never makes their own decisions about anything. I have learned that being a contractor is not a good position to be in and will never take a job like this again. Management is a joke but the operators for the most part are great to work with.
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Productive, positive workplace
Human Resources Manager, Canadian Region (Former Employee), CanadaSeptember 11, 2014
Pros: teams are given great resources to succeed
Cons: some managers are given a lot of autonomy before they are ready
Watco is a great place to work and has a great base for training and learning how to effectively manage people (stay positive and treat people well). There is a management process criteria that teaches supervisors and managers how to be better managers and why the "gotcha" mentality does not work long term in business.
Watco tries to attract the best – more... people and sometimes hires someone because of their potential which even gives someone without a lot of experience a chance at a long term career. – less

About WATCO COMPANIES

Watco Companies (WCI) offers a wide-range of railcar services. Subsidiary Watco Transportation Services (WTS) runs 20-plus short-line – Read more