General Laborer (Current Employee) – Hamel, MN – September 11, 2018
This company does not consider themselves railroad. Being that they are not railroad, its their reason for paying new hires $14 an hour and crew chiefs $16, to whereas Amtrack New hires start off at $31 an hour. We pre-trip the service train, do the main mechanic work, general maitenance, and operate forward and backward moves, read signals and switches. How is this not railroad? Worst thing worse, LORAM does not pay per diem and you are 1,235 miles away from home working four days a week then sitting up in a hotel room all day unless you are running errands for LORAM. Use them for the training and go to a railroad job paying big bucks. LORAM has been in business for sixty years and pay New hires as if this was sixty years ago.
Learn how the railroad works
Learn how the railroad works at low pay, no per diem, and away from home.
Intern (Former Employee) – Hamel, MN – August 23, 2018
I learned a lot during my internship. My manager provided consistent direction and guidance. I would highly recommend interning here. I was assigned multiple projects at the beginning of the summer and I never ran out of tasks to complete.
This is strictly my personal opinion and I have no idea if any of my fellow interns felt the same.
Low-stress evironment, my manager was rational and knowledgeable
Caribou coffee is low-quality coffee, pay isn't fantastic
the money is great. if you are single you need to apply here
Machine operator (Current Employee) – nationwide – July 23, 2018
you work on the railroad no place for sensitivity. you work outside in all weather. you work long hours and if you break down you work until it is fixed. you work 6-7 days a week you will make a lot of money. you will learn a lot. there is no maintenance team to come save you will learn hydraulics, electrical, welding, metal working, and diesel just jump in there and don't be afraid to learn. I promise you this: as new person all your crew cheif and supervisor will want or need you to do is to learn how to preform a brake test in the morning, drive the truck on travel days, be point person occasionally, and bring them tools/ want to learn with something breaks. brake test, truck, and tools. its not hard don't be intimidated. you will see the country for free. the hardest part will be being away from your family and friends. it opens the door to 6 figure jobs
1000 a week pay, travel, experience, benefits
being away from home for 3 months at a time, coworkers
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.