Metra Railroad
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Government agency. Great pension. Promote from within. Long tenured staff. Great union employees. Standard 8 hr day, but start times are very early, true in all railroads.
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  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Fair pay for job
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  • Inclusive work environment
  • Trust in colleagues
  • Support from manager

Very politically and how u connected

The only way u can be treated right and fairly in this company is by the way u are connected politically. If u get hurt they always make it look like it’s your fault and they treat the people that don’t do any work better than people that do work. They don’t care about anyone unless you are well connected politically. Worst place to work.
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1 star

What is the best part of working at the company?The 13th and the 28th. That about sums it up.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?The fact that workers are forced to comply with the code of public opinion, or be ostracized, ridiculed, labeled, mocked, and humiliated.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Anything, but uplifting, encouraging, and positive.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Keep it positive, give’ them what they want, mind my business, get out of there and go home. Don’t take anything home from the job. It’s contaminated, infected, or poison.
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5 stars

What is the best part of working at the company?This is a very good paying job. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?You work around moving trains while working so you must pay attention to your surrounding sWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Everybody you encounter on the job is very niceWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Cleaning parts and the coaches are what keeps you busy
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It’s what you make it. Has the potential to be very great but not much room for growth. The benefits are great because it is Railroad so the perks are great


Money, outdoors, benefits, healthcare


Forced OT, no advancement, nepotism
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A great start for youngsters

Like with any job, keep your head down and mind your own business. Most people are very easy to work with. The work is not difficult. Know your job!!!
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depends on your department

Ask lots of questions about flexibility and taking time off, and what is important to you in a job. Because depending on your department and manager you will either be pleased or feel constrained with flexibility for working and having a life outside of work.


some people are very nice that work there


no discounts on metra tickets
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Easy place to work but zero chance for advancement.

Some decent places to work and decent people to work with but no chance for advancement if not a protected status used for leverage or a family member of management.


good hours


nepotism, micromanagement
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Overall one of the best jobs I had. The longest by far.

Great work experience, Learning experience, & it was fun working in Group call Gangs lead by A Forman. Given instructions of duty daily by the Supervisor.


You get to do Vasily different task as a B&B Mechanic. From Concrete work, to putting up fences, repairing or replacing cross walks, road crossing, or Maintenance to a Catanary or a Building structure...


Working outside In the element, & 1 30 minutes lunch break.
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Productive and busy workdays. Friendly people to have fun with. Some flexibility in work schedule.

Very friendly atmosphere in some departments. Too much stress is put on union employees. Once you do something management does not like, you are frowned upon.
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Must be part of "The club" to succeed.

Everybody was protective of the information needed to succeed. Management and co-workers would intentionally set you up for failure. The overall work environment was toxic.
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Great job for slackers

Show up on time, keep your head down and wait thirty years. Don’t challenge the management. Don’t expect change. Don’t expect anything and your good to go.


Lots of down time.


Run by morons
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Good pay but the environment is dangerous

You will be on call with very little work life balance. Also there is very little concern for your safety and well being. Best thing about being a conductor for this company is the compensation but you will have to pay very close attention to your pay check because the payroll people are terrible.
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People are nice, managers bad.

typical day at work is fast paced and very physical. I have learned to work fast and manage my time well. Management Does not care about its employees and puts all there effort into collecting there bonus regardless of the outcome. My co-workers are great people who deserve better. The hardest part of the job is dealing with management they are educated people with no hands on experience that do not recognize any feedback from its workers. The most enjoyable part of the job is the honest days work.


Gifts and good breaks


Stress, bad management
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Job security,great salary, but interacting with some of the officials can be very challenging

When you first start off in this craft I can honestly say it’s going to rough. You have no seniority to hold a regular assignment. Therefore, you have to be on the on call list . In the winter time it is slow and you may not get called out much to work. Don’t worry, you will still be able to pay your bills because they pay you a days pay whether u work or not. But in the spring,summer, and fall, be prepared to work every day up to 14 days straight before u get 2 mandatory days off.


High end layover facilities, bunk beds-lazy boys


Long days, quick turnaround, some incompetent officials, obsolete equipment
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Interesting. Workplace

All I can say is no matter how right you might be when it comes to management they are going to still say you are wrong, moving up is almost impossible unless you know someone.




Pay isn’t worth the responsibilities
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Very little compenstion for the amount of stress.

Too much responsibility for the amount of pay being given. Having little to any training and expected to have all this compacted in a very short amount of time. Stressful environment.


Paid luch, vacation, holiday pay.


Living at work to make any money.
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Very good job

Very good work environment with many different shifts and locations. Good training with top of the line tools and equipment. I enjoyed working certain management is lacking. People running shops who don’t know a thing and you suffer.




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Paid very well

The pay and the benefits are excellent. But the stress that comes along with the job is not. It’s not even the work that makes it difficult, it’s the oriole who have been placed in positions of authority based off of who they know instead of what they know. A lot of the top tier managers did things so backwards it was embarrassing. Lack of communication unless it’s dealing with gossip and the TCU Union is horrible! They are only collecting a paycheck. Don’t even let me get started on them. It’s definitely a great company to get back on your feet, but stay to yourself and bid in immediately.


Great pay, and benefits


Everything else
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Management are bullies

The pay is good and the benefits as well, with that said, they hire to fire. You have to look over your shoulder if you are not in the group. The managers are liars, slick, and have no sense of how to manage, a monkey can do their job better.


Pay and benefits


Management being bullies and micro as well.
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Based on 65 reviews

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3.3 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.8 out of 5 stars for Management
3.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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