Laborer (Current Employee) – Madison wi – November 27, 2018
When I started here they were more family friendly. They paid lunches and window time which is the time it takes to drive to and from the jobsite. Also if we were moving job sites and it was a day before my vacation the would just let me go home now they won't. Also they make me go to la training class every 6 months which is supposed to be paid for but it's not makes me miss out on a week's worth of good hours for classroom time and I have to pay for the room. They fired all the lazies in the office which made the ones who knew what to do quit so new management doesn't know what's going on. They promised a $50 raise in perdiam this year still haven't seen it. Also I was promised a percentage drop in my 401 havent got it. When your highered on they say your pay will go up 15 cents every 6 months at least that's what they told me havent got it in 2 years. When you want to go on vacation they make you file it a month in advance and your not guaranteed to get approved because they cant have 2 people on the same crew gone at the same time so who files first wins it makes it hard if your trying to make it home for your kids special event because you don't always now those a month a head of time. They will higher anyone without a record. I had a guy who couldn't read another that did the same thing every day for 2 months and still asked me how to do it. Also had one that didn't know basic math and could not read a tape measure. Then you got the know it alls that don't know anything they will get you killed because they don't follow safety protocols not tieing off walking in frontmore... the boom not wearing hard hats and always dropping stuff from up top so they know you wont send them up again and just plain lazy.less
Laborer (Current Employee) – United States – September 23, 2018
The work is good I like it. One thing that needs help is management, the people in the office need to come to the field more and realize what is really going on out here. Time off is basically none for the first two years you get two weeks of paid vacation. You are probably never going to work near home and if you do you are very lucky.
Never home, management needs work, pay needs to be better
Regulatory Affairs Specialist (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – August 6, 2018
Welcome to the good old boys club. Management is very poor and quick to throw people under the bus and punish them for perceived mistakes. Promotions are based off who you know and if you are a part of the in crowd. They would give the job to their buddy than post the job on the company site. Sometimes they would even pretend to interview other people but everyone knew it was a joke because the person already had the job. Management is good at doing the same thing each year and being surprised when the same mistakes were made. Management would even laugh about their mistakes like it was no big deal when they would lose money on a job or if they lost a customer. The last few years they have alienated more and more customers and are now suffering for it. Management is not qualified for their positions and this shows with a lack of leadership and business sense. In the past 2 years 25% of the office personal has left for better opportunities. When good employees leave they don't try to keep them and replace them with more of their friends who are not qualified to do the job. The future does not look good for this company and morale is extremely low. More departures are expected within the next year as all the good employees are leaving before the ship sinks. Buyer beware with this company.
Laborer 2 (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – March 24, 2016
Good pay I started in New Orleans went straight to work that Monday. My foreman was great and was knowledgeable in everything we did. Little bit of cultural appropriation could have been put in place with the teams and each person just having their dont bother me days.But you see the nation and Make about 18k in 4 to 5 months lol.
Traveling, Pay, Benefits
Far away from management, No real per diem check it only covers for room
Laborer/Operator (Current Employee) – Madison, WI – April 22, 2018
Tough work but fun. Work with some real good people. Upper management is a bit tough to deal with. This job requires a high level of safety and being safe doesn't always translate to high production. Overall not great but not terrible work experience at this job. Just wanna be closer to home more oftern
The 1st two reviews are written by someone in management with no clue of the field operations.
Inspector (Current Employee) – Madison, Wi – October 13, 2015
This company is a last resort for anyone looking for a job. You're away from home 50 weeks out of the year working hard and in dangerous situations living out of motel rooms with 2 or more guys. Most of the field employees have less than a year of experience because of the high turn over rate which is almost 100% in a typical year. Management isn't looking out for your best interests. They only care about covering their butt and the bottom line. If you get hurt on the job and need too much time to recover, they'll eventually fire you. Management never admits it's mistakes and buries everything under the rug. If I were you I'd look elsewhere or try to get aa job in an office.
labor 2 / bridge nspector (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – November 30, 2015
I started at Koppers Railroad Structures formally known as Osmoses Railroad Services bought out during my tenure their.
I loved working their under my first supervisor and a special crew we shared a bond together. The downfall was red tape, chemicals, and how my boss on the site handled himself as a professional. An example, of how business malpractice cases are filed.
However, and most importantly it was and is a fun environment full of rewarding work done by a family on the road. Traveling from Wisconsin to Montana and back to Georgia, the south diversity changed my life to this day. I am blessed I had that opportunity along with gaining friendship of co workers.
Working and making the rail roads safe at the time felt like my calling. The money is amazing, the hours were long, the politics were their at every job, however if I had a chance again I would take it to save up money and move on to open my own business.
Field Technician/Laborer II (Current Employee) – Madison, WI – August 24, 2015
Strong industrial job with many tasks that enhance a persons skills.There is lots of traveling all over the country. Time away from family does slow a person's moral but the financial stability to provide for ones family rings with pride.I enjoy the life i am able to give to my wife and children
bridge technician (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – January 3, 2017
Dont apply if you have a family, Boss is god, and you have very little oversight, but i love the guys i work with. To be blunt i wouldn't take this job unless i needed the money or was young and single looking to travel