Production Worker/Hydro Tester (Former Employee) – Willis, TX – September 4, 2018
LB FOSTER Company manufactures skids of all sorts, and various other types of equipment for the oil and gas industry, to be shipped out in to the field to their loyal customers. You must be a hardworker and be prepared to be put to work or be prepared to be let go very quickly if you don't satisfy management with you work ethic.
Benefits, Lots of overtime
Only break is at lunch, the rest of the time is non-stop work
Love every aspect of my employment at LB Foster. The management team was excellent with planning and directions. The mission statement to its employees meant a great deal. The company takes pride in educating and continuous education for each employee.
CDL Class B Driver (Former Employee) – West Virginia – October 26, 2018
This was a bad job from the beginning. You can make a ton of overtime thanks to how amateur the management are. There is no support when you are broke down. Drivers have tons of more responsibilities then any other trucking job. This is NOT a trucking company. You are on your own when stuff breaks down. This is a very dangerous job. Its amazing no one has been killed here. Many of the office people are book smart but don't have any field experience to relate to how bad it is. There is also a lot of corruption by family members working here. You have brother/brother and father/son managers working here. A typical week here, you leave out Sunday late morning to drive to the work location. Work Monday-Friday for the railroad, then drive home in a rental car late Friday night. When they are short handed , you stay on the road for a month straight and don't get paid to sit in the hotel on the weekend. It's not uncommon to wait 1-3 weeks on the truck to be repaired when you are broke down. the company does guarantee 40 hours a week pay. The training here is only 1-2 weeks then you are on your own. They expect you to clean your truck, car show style. they have cameras in the cab to spy on you and record the audio. the company speed limit is 67 mph, none of the trucks have good seats, so expect major back problems while driving. The final point I'd like to make is, you are going to be referred to as a "Scab" by the railroad people.
lots of overtime
corrupt managers, no life, junk trucks, dangerous job, not enough training
Yard Hand (Former Employee) – Midland, TX – October 19, 2018
Being in the oil field industry, work depends on price of cruise oil. Just expect to work over 70hrs a week sometimes or of townweeks at a time. Me unfortunately check was always short. Weeksto recieve perdiem while out of town and months to get recompensated on expenses. I even had times i had to wait 3-4weeks for a check. With shortage on laborers, expect to be everywhere at any hour.
Supply Chain Production Control Planner (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – February 9, 2018
Management and processes have been outdated for too long. The consistent company answer to any issue is "we've been doing it that way for years" but when that way is incorrect, they refuse to change it. Awful training program if hired with little knowledge of the position's duties. Primarily older professionals with outdated ways of thinking, outdated strategies, etc. not to mention the rail business is a declining market overall.
Decent place to work, but dont look at it as a career...
Machine Operator (Current Employee) – Birmingham, AL – February 8, 2018
LB Foster is a great company, but we all know that the pipe industry not all that stable so can't blame LB Foster when things go bad, the Birmingham location just coat pipes for ACIPCO so when ACIPCO does bad so does LB Foster...
Good Lunch & Break Times, Easy Work Environment, & Benefits
Up-n-down stability, Temp-To-Hire For All Production Employees
Plant Foreman (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – October 23, 2017
I'm a construction guy so putting me in a factory environment where you do the same thing day in and day out just didn't work for me. The management staff does the best they can with the type of employees they get to work for them
Manager (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA 15220 – October 21, 2017
The company is ISO certified but does not walk the walk. Consistently enact ineffective corrective actions for customer complaints, but fail and refuse to recognize it. Does not care for the customers. Hires temporary labor and has many layoffs to cut costs and corners.
Regional Sales Manager for Load Securement (Former Employee) – Oak Brook, IL – October 4, 2017
I wish I still worked in my Shipping Systems Division. Our competition couldn't outwork us so they bought us from a company that bought Portec Rail Products, but didn't want to keep the division connected to railcar parts, only the track material.
Laborer (Former Employee) – Willis, TX – October 2, 2017
They made promises and could not keep them.They simply made a number of bad decisions when I was there.Insted of trying to talk out problems or fix on going problems they just wait till Friday after your off and have a resptionist call you and tell you not to come back....
LB Foster has been a good place to be for the past several years. There is a great leadership staff who I have had the pleasure of leading. There is a variety of products and the work keeps coming in. There is room for growth for general labor within LB Foster. However, getting people in the door is difficult because of the wages.
Enjoyed working for this company decided to retire. Now ask ready to go back to work
Supv office administrtor (Former Employee) – Pueblo, CO – February 21, 2017
Company is a great company to work for. We had c good company to work for. Company picnics and parties were paid. By thebcompany. They paid bonuses profit sharing. Had a 401k plan. Health benefits were at a loss cost Rio the employee.