The electrical engineering group was comprised of five full-time workers and two interns. Because of this, I had access to multiple people with years of experience and learned so much in such a short amount of time. Everyone was willing to help and the head of engineering was right across from me so whenever I needed help I just needed to knock on his door.
Operator One (Current Employee) – Hamel, MN – March 20, 2018
It's alright for the money but the hours can get you at times. You're required to travel everyday and be away from your home six weeks at a time but if you can deal with that you can make a lot of money quick
It always SUCKED !!!- ALL of it, frostbite always never knew when you finally got to quit for the day, and if you EVER missed the crew truck in the morn your walking home all on your own (and nobody would even care to give you a heads up or calll your room
nothin but cons working with ya, ex cons.. fresh out of pen
It is a good company to work for with great advancement oppertunities
Machine Operator (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – January 3, 2018
I liked my time at Loram i am just looking for something a little closer to home. The crew i was on was wonderful and i gained many new abilities through working there. I would also recomend the company to anybody who likes to travel and loves to work.
Licensed and certified (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – December 27, 2017
We were told numerous times that the job would be dirty. I get that and appreciate the candor. However, there was very important information that they negated to tell us. The dirt we were removing from the ballast, was full of carcinogens and extremely hazardous to our health. For that deception, I am still angry.
Crew member, operator and Maintenance (Former Employee) – Hamel, MN – December 12, 2017
This was a job that included a lot of traveling about the country. A worker gets to learn a bunch of skill which is a good thing. You can start as a ground crew person and work up to a machine operator. The hours can be extremely long. I worked as much as 91 hours in one week. It can be very hard working for 2 months and the coming home for a couple of weeks.
Loram is an extremely unsafe place to work. Management turns their head to unsafe work practices just to get a job done fast. I personally was injured on the job due to improper tools offered to enter and exit the train cars.
Their attrition rate is well above 50%. That should say enough. I typically worked at least 12 hour days. Management treats people like garbage. I asked to use my PTO and was told that it was not something I would be allowed to do ever actually do.
Na (Current Employee) – Anywhere – November 1, 2017
You go home for 2 weeks every 12+ weeks. They initially tell you you'll go home every 6-8 weeks, but it's not true. You stay in dumpy hotels in the middle of nowhere. The only way to move up is to step on other people and get close to the boss. You have access to a work truck when someone else hasn't taken it to the bar or strip clubs. Not a job for someone with a family or in a relationship. It will ruin whatever personal/family life you have. The pay is low but people stay because of the overtime. Benefits are good. Overall, the money isn't worth the time away from your family and what you spend on food.
It's a great learning experience working at loram, long hrs lots of hard work, and the all the traveling you get to do seeing new places. It has been a good experience being apart of this company it's like other jobs there's ups and downs and my personal experience has been overall good. You rotate home every 8 to 12 weeks realistically. Pretty good benefits, being from the south it's a bit of a headache but not to bad. The pay is low especially the more you advance the less the money comes, and that's why I am contemplating my next move.
The pair was fair for the job required of us. The hours worked became excessive. Daily travel for at least 45 minutes to work. You lived on the equipment. Being away from home constantly took its toll.
Operator (Former Employee) – Hamel, MN – September 24, 2017
I traveled and learned a lot from loram a lot work and hrs but a great job to be working hamel mn was the best place to be I love the work and the people around me become more than my coworkers but a family
Summer Job for College Student. Well paid for hard work.
Operator/Laborer (Former Employee) – Hamel, MN – September 24, 2017
Good money and good job experience but it is not an easy job. Worked there for my Sophomore to Junior summer as a Laborer/Operator and worked about 10 weeks. Worked multiple weeks with 80+ hours and 1 week was over 100 hours. If you want money and job experience this is a good job. If you want a laid back job then this is not the job for you.
Traveled to multiple states. Travel is paid for. Saved lots of money. Worked on a cool machine.
Away from home. Long and tiresome hours. Hard labor. Had to pay for food.
Crew Member (Former Employee) – Hamel, MN – September 22, 2017
I signed on with the company a few years ago as a summer intern. I almost went home after the very first night. Our machine was in the middle of a dirt hole they dared to call a tunnel, and it was loud and scary. I talked myself into sticking it out and actually began to gain a sort of affinity for the work. It was such primal work that I think my inner warrior kicked in and began to crave the difficulties and obstacles. The pay was dirt and the people in the business are made from dirt as well, but it appealed to that same inner, gut-busting manliness that someone in the military must feel. The same sort of pride in your work, and in the fact that it is you that is doing it. I had a coworker who spent two shifts in the sandbox (the middle-east) and he swore Afghanistan was less grueling than what we did. I never believed him.
Manly, Travel, Primal
Underpaid, Overworked, No Benefits, Disregard of Safety, Work with grunts, Away from home yet only get paid for time spent working