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Easy work poor leadership
Carman (Current Employee) –  Enola, PAJune 24, 2019
The job is not difficult. Management doesn’t have your best interest. Always looking for any reason to write you up so they can advance. The company is shedding employees, hiring contractors just to squeeze out more profits for Wall Street.
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Great place to work!
Train Conductor (Former Employee) –  King of Prussia, PAJune 23, 2019
It was a wonderful experience to have the responsibility of taking trains to and from their destinations. I had a lot of great relationships with coworkers as well as management. Challenging and rewarding!
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Nice place
Locomotive Electrician (Current Employee) –  BellevueJune 20, 2019
Good place to work. Hours shifts and days off change can be hard on a family at times. Sometimes outside and away from home for short to long times.
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When I started, it was great, but now....
Techology analyst (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GAJune 19, 2019
The company is undergoing a culture change. When I started, it was a great place to work. Now, it is a grinder. You wont advance unless you are buddies withe a manager or director, they don't have any real set standards for advancement, and the pay is still on the lower level compared to other IT shops. The benefits are good, but that is the only plus.
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Operations management = Stressful, no support, no sleep
Operations Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh DivisionJune 19, 2019
Work days as a transportation operations supervisor often left me with little to no sleep. 12+ hour shifts, being on call (only to be called out repeatedly). Sleeping in 2 hour pieces here and there is no way to live. For a company focused on safety, this type of work practice only leads to accidents and injuries. Quality of life is difficult to have in this position.
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Used to be a great job
Locomotive Engineer/Freight Conductor (Former Employee) –  Buffalo, NYJune 18, 2019
We used to have fun until the yes men started micromanaging. If you scratch your butt with the wrong hand you're in for discipline.
Poor morale due to the snowball effect from corporate setting bogus standards and "letting the dogs out to chase you down" so to speak.
Once upon a time I would've recommended the job to anyone but they've plummeted since
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Conductor/Switchman (Current Employee) –  Norfolk, VAJune 13, 2019
My work days are great. This is just not what I want to do for the next 10 years. I retired from the United States Navy after 21 years, I believe that if I was to have started out as Rail Road worker at age 18 then it would be much easier to maintain at an older age.
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Run away now
Locomotive Conductor (Current Employee) –  Conway, PAJune 12, 2019
Lied to alot to faced if you mess up by accident they have it out for you, favoritisms,claiming they have no work when there is.days off for no apparent reason.
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Very stable company; moves more towards the push of Evolution rather than Revolution!
Senior Program Manager, PPM Admin & PMO Team Lead (Current Employee) –  Atlanta, GAJune 10, 2019
The company is full of great employees who love the railroad and the transportation industry. This company is the first and last job for many employees. It is also considered an excellent place to retire based on the industry's Railroad Retirement Pension.
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Do not work here
Conductor/Switchman (Former Employee) –  IndianaJune 10, 2019
Supervisors hide in the weeds, thus earning their nicknames, "Weed Weasels," and will try anything to discipline anyone. Expect to be told to lie on work orders, violate laws, rules and regulations, be furloughed often, forced to move if you want to keep working, never see your family, and be forced to violate your working agreement with no extra compensation. You will work 12+ hrs/day and spend days at a time away from home. You will work nights and weekends, in the rain, heat snow, cold, wind, lightning, and if they can get by with it, even during hail storms. The pay is decent but not worth the stress, there are many other and much better options for making money.
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Nothing
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Everything
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Locomotive repair maintenance shop
Locomotive Electrician (Current Employee) –  Bellevue, OHJune 8, 2019
Tasked with repairing, troubleshooting, installation of locomotive electronics. 2 years of student time to learn job but training is spread out and has gaps.
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Terrible work life balance
Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  Multiple locationJune 5, 2019
Averaged 14-18 hours daily. Went over two months with no days off and no end in sight. Expected to answer your phone and respond 24/7. Be ready to get talked down to and cursed at as if it's the norm. Daily threatened with job elimination and berated by supervisors. Very combative union vs management environment, remember you are just a number.
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Pay
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Quality of life
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Fast paced, stressful and dangerous environment
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Birmingham, ALJune 4, 2019
Management is unsupportive and agreement employees are disgruntled. Pay is good but job requires a 24/7 on call window. Work is more mentally challenging than physical although still a physical job
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Juniata shops, PA
Boilermaker (Former Employee) –  Altoona, PAJune 3, 2019
I was a Boilermaker on second shift. I thought the job was pretty easy going. Sometimes there was a rush to get something out the door, but most times you could take your time turning a 10 min job into 8 hours. There isnt much quality control. They could paint a whole locomotive and a week or two later there stripping it for a new mod or design. The management only ran around on first shift. The vacation time sucks. You get 2 weeks off one full week and one split week. You have to work 8 years to get 3 weeks and one personal day. Unless you have a good number your stuck working second shift and possibly working the weekend. There were a good group of guys which made it fun. Then like any job there are a bunch of ball bags that dont have the skills to do the job or just dont like working and would rather stare at there phone for 8 hours. There are no discounts on anything, not even a train ride. If you make it 30 years you can retire at age 60 with pension . Some stuff sounds like it sucks but I thought 33 an hour was decent money for the area.
Pros
Good pay, Pension
Cons
Working the weekends, no discounts.
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not a good work life for families
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Atlanta, GAJune 3, 2019
all the company cares about is themselves. they do not want you to be home whatsoever, and they will make you work every single holiday and weekend if they can. Railroading was know as a big pay job a long time ago but not anymore, with the amount of taxes taken out, union dues, rr retirement, 401k, insurance you basically bring home less than someone that works 9-5 and is home with there families while you are away every night. A typical week with the railroad goes like this you are on call so when they call you get 2 hrs to show up dressed and ready to work then you get on a train for up to 12 hrs and ride or stop and work industries depending, once you make it to your destination they put you up on a dorm in lets say a not so good area for no less than 10 hrs for rest and this is away from home you might stay there 24 hrs depending but once you're called back out to get a train to take home the next day you'll spend up to 12 hrs on it then when you get off you'll have 10 hrs off work not including drive time and after that time is up they will call you back to work and you'll be gone away from home again for another 24 to 36 hours. you work 6 days straight with 48 hrs off meaning its not 2 day its 48 hrs. If you get off at 10 pm and it takes an hr to get home well everyone is asleep by the time you get there then you have the next day off and the day after that you go back to work at 10pm so you don't get two full days off just one basically.
Pros
easy job for the most part
Cons
not worth it, no family time, terrible management
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A working nightmare
Conductor (Former Employee) –  OhioJune 2, 2019
Management was the worst I've ever seen in my life. Liars cheats and backstabbers. Terrrible management people out of college with no knowledge of railroading trying to lay rules down that they know nothing about. Every single trainmaster or road foreman needs fired. Certainly not a class 1 I'd ever go back to.
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Pay
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Everything else
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Don't do it
Freight Conductor (Current Employee) –  Fort Wayne, INJune 2, 2019
Money isn't everything value your family and friends first. You'll work every 10hrs. You'll never sleep or see your friends and family again. It's not THAT bad but it's close.
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The transportation side of this company is terrible.
Duties of a Conductor Trainee (Former Employee) –  Sheffield, ALJune 2, 2019
The work is not hard, but is very dangerous. Take care of your own safety. The managers are pretty terrible to work for. Dont take my word for it, read the reviews, and/or go find out for yourself. If you work in transportation, i.e. conductor, or engineer, you will make great money, you will meet some great people, but make no mistake, you will miss a lot of time with your family. They own you, and if thats not a problem for you, go for it. They do their best to warn you ahead of time so take serious consideration. The management is seriously terrible. Its a very old school type of mentality. I guess thats the reason the union is still able to hold on in the industry, its still needed. If your interested in working for NS but would like to be home everyday, stay away from transportation. There are plenty of other jobs in the yards that compensate well. Good Luck!
Pros
Pay and Benefits
Cons
Everything but pay and benefits. Asking permission to take your minutes (break) if you even get one.
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not for people with active family/ social life
conductor (Former Employee) –  Roanoke, VAJune 2, 2019
Great for employee with no family, pay was decent but not enough for time constantly away from home be ready for furloughs your first 5-10 years at anytime
Pros
decent pay for area
Cons
sacrafice entire family/ social life
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Productive and relaxed work environment
Conductor/Switchman (Current Employee) –  Mingo Junction, OHMay 31, 2019
A great place to work and you can do a different variety of jobs. The schedule is nice to work with so you can do stuff outside of work. The pay is real nice do you can live
Pros
Nice schedule
Cons
A lot of hours
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