Engineer II (Former Employee) – Illinois – July 18, 2018
Overall the experience I gained there helped develop me into the engineer I am. You're required to take on all sorts of tasks that you typically would not in most other companies.
The overall environment of the company is very poor though. Job cuts are very common as a way to cut costs. Promotions aren't given and you can sit in the same job every day for 20 years before you're ever given the opportunity to advance.
This is a great starting job for anyone coming out of college. They do a very good job of developing talent but don't stay too long.
An average day would be described as stressful and busy. I learned ultrasonic testing and railroad tank car requalification practices, welding and mechanical repairing of tank cars, quality control management, inspection of railcars, estimating railcar repairs according to AAR, FRA, and ASME codes and regulations, typing estimates and work orders. The manager is a very capable, and respectable person who is involved with the people he serves. I have no comment on workplace culture. The hardest part of the job for me was keeping up with work load duties, including ever changing rules and regulations. The most enjoyable part of the job was working alone without supervision on big projects and contributing individually to the whole process.
Fair pay with good benefits
Demanding, fast paced, excessive rules and regulations.
Coupler Shop Manager (Former Employee) – Boaz, AL – June 1, 2018
A great place to work. great benefits, great people, the culture was good. the hardest part of the job was the heat and managing the work force. Enjoyed the community out reach such as Christmas for Kids. You really felt like family
Fast paced/ heavy loads being lifted no ergonomics in place to help with tedious lifting.
Reconditioning Specialist (Former Employee) – Arab, AL – May 29, 2018
Long work day with little home work balance/ pay and benefits are good. No ergonomics in place. Breaks include 30 min linch and 2 15 min breaks oit if 12 hour day. Very resonable company to work for. If it wasnt for relocating i would still be there for the money.
Good pay and benifits
Long work day/ tediois/ non ergonomical very heavy lifting all day. Work/home balance ia poor.
A dirty dusty environment with no climate control for it's workers and horrible management
CNC Machinist (Current Employee) – Taylor Mill, KY – April 26, 2018
Typically I show up to work and attend my morning safety meeting. Then I proceed to see if there is any work for my machine which should have been pressed by the night shift. At this point my supervisor usually fails to instruct me on my days' tasks so I have to either ask him myself or if he's not to be found I just assume my workload and do the best I can to find it. Most people in my department are great to work with but the workplace culture itself is typically bummed-out 24-7. The hardest part of my job is management not holding people accountable for their actions. I really can't think of an enjoyable aspect of progress rail.
You get bullet heaters next to your machine for when it's below freezing!
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Lincoln, NE – April 3, 2018
The company does not prioritize home life at all, tending to overwork it's employees, who are then extremely tired and do not have high spirits or enjoy their work, most employees are angry/negative at work. Overall it is a very exhausting environment to work in, but the job is good and the pay and benefits are great so if you can stand to be working insane overtime with tired, crabby employees it's good money.
Welder/Fabricator (Former Employee) – Covington, KY – March 22, 2018
a typical day at work consisted of showing up on time. receiving your job assignment for the day read over it and get to it. Whatever railroad car you were assigned to may have multiple things to repair
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – East Chicago, IN – March 17, 2018
ok favorism poor management good benefits health related starting out pay so so around $14 depending on what u do if they like you they put u where they want you if they dont u stay at position u came in at
Mechanic 1 (Current Employee) – Granite City, IL – March 6, 2018
learned a lot about a variety of rail equipment and gained a lot of rail related certificates I learned about the manufacturer of kershaw rail equipment , I had the chance to totally rebuild rail equipment from frame repair , re wire , install motors and even paint equipment