I just took this job because I was on unemployment. The work is kind of boring but thats what I'd expect from a manufacturing company. Numbers is the only thing that matters. I hate working 2nd shift because there is no real technical support after 6PM.Coworkers are nice.
co workers are really nice people.
no hope for any type of real advancement. the pay is really low.
This place is really a prison, you work lost of hour 76 week 12 a day, there's no day off , you be slave, the money is good,but you slave your self, to this job, i work with brake shoe, is a hot place, no a/c, there's fan but still the heat , is a cold mine underground hot, no water, lunch break is 20 min, 10 min after that,
Systems Engineer (Former Employee) – Duncan SC – August 7, 2018
There has been a significant amount of changes in the leadership team and very little direction provided by the leadership team on the direction of the company. The merger with Faiveley has only increased the chaotic working atmosphere and has driven a high rate of turnover of employees. This is not a place to work if you like structure and stability. RUN!!!
Good people to work with outside of upper management
I was a maintenance tech and my supervisor knew nothing about maintenance. No organization, no responsibility. The first shift chose the jobs they wanted to do and handed off the hard dirty jobs to second and the manager didn’t care. Manager is afraid to be a supervisor. Unfair treatment is the culture. Destruction of personal property by other personnel is overlooked. There’s no way I would EVER work for this company or recommend. I would try to talk someone out of working there.
Client Support Specialist (Current Employee) – Jacksonville, FL – July 8, 2018
From the moment I sit down the world wind of trouble tickets, phone calls, Skype calls and drive by calls keep persist until 5 O'clock. Issues can vary from application issues, computer hardware software issues, networked hardware and networking issues to training.
Shipper/Packer (Former Employee) – Wilmerding, PA – May 22, 2018
Co workers were for the most part great. Although some of the workers there that had been there for 10+ years were very reluctant to increase outputs when asked to. Management is terrible. Too many people involved in decision making, yet nobody wants to make a decision. So afraid of making the wrong choice, that no decision is made. Management that does try to help, or improve things, is usually prevented or road blocked to the point that they give up and leave. Overall it was a decent place to work, good enough pay, the health care was great. Facility is falling apart, just enough is done to keep it operational, and no improvements are ever made. Lots of people there buy into the "its worked for xxx amount of years, it will continue to work." This applys to all parts of operations.
Benefits, Pay, co-workers
no room for growth, poor management, lack of desire to evolve
It is a challenging facility and in fact has a ping pong table
Senior Systems Design Engineer (Former Employee) – germantown Md – May 15, 2018
I developed simulators for forensic analysis of transportation black boxes. The old question of "if the black boxes survive why don't they make the vehicle like that ? they do it is called a locomotive.
I always error on the side of doing to much than not enough, and Wabtec was the place for that.
I was able to create the perfect simulators that could replicate real world environments to a tee.
Autonomy, lab casual work environment
acient culture not well versed in the 21st century
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Greensburg, PA – April 26, 2018
My first time with a union shop. Applied for ajob that paid $12hrly. I was told I was hired,so I quit my other job. They put me on a lower paying job that I thought was temporary. the HR didn't tell me I had to bid on the job I thought I was hired for. Their recruiting tactics were nothing short of deception.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Wilmerding, PA – February 23, 2018
This company is extremely old school. They need to implement new technology and practices. They don’t care about their employees or their personal life. They expect you to drop your life at the drop of a hat to cater to them. They pay significantly less than other companies and offer very little vacation days. They are too controlling when it comes to the hour you start and hour you end at work. Many companies are flexible on start and stop times, not Wabtec. They also expect you to come to work in inclement conditions rather than allowing you to work from home. SMH. Lack of care about employees and their wellbeing.
Nice company but needs to become more competitive in today's market
Purchasing Specialist/Materials Analyst (Former Employee) – Wilmerding, PA – November 1, 2017
Old school company. Needs to update a lot of policies to keep younger employees from leaving. i.e. vacation policy - you only get two weeks to start with. After five years you get only one day added. It takes 10 years to earn three weeks of vacation.
Welder (Former Employee) – McPherson, KS – October 27, 2017
I was hired as a welder through a staffing company and was expected to train people how to weld ( which takes years of training or experience). Basically they wanted me to be a weld leader or supervisor and get paid the same as who I was training, plus build train gates in the process.
Assembly (Former Employee) – Duncan, SC – September 26, 2017
I worked for 3 months in a department that I liked, and when it was slow they had me go into another department to help out. The people in the other department are very cutthroat, and I didn't like it, when worked picked up in my department I went back, only to be told that I was going to be with the cutthroat people from now on. Needless to say, that on that day I left Wabtec. I enjoyed the job that I was hired for, but refused to be pushed into a position that I wasn't hired for, just because that manager wanted me. I did enjoy coming to work, until I went to the other department to help out!
Some good people are there
Management never came and asked me about the problems that were in the other department
Undisclosed (Former Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – September 15, 2017
Do yourself a favor and stay away from this company. Not enough resources to complete jobs, poor communication. stressed out culture, etc. etc. No one gets reviews,, raises, etc. Management does not listen to employees.
Poor Management, Poor communication, lack of resources
Finish End (Former Employee) – Barber Springs Chillicothe Ohio – March 11, 2017
Hot hard work. Boys club atmosphere. Loved it at first until I figured out that I was being used as a pawn to make men do their jobs. And I left because the GM used me as a joke. No future even though I was a hard worker, abusive atmosphere. If you are not accepted by the guy's you will be pushed out and then forced to quit.
Foreman (Former Employee) – Elmsford, NY – March 1, 2017
Machinist making programs using Mastercam, editing programs on control, making Set-up for HASS CNC milling all kinds of precision pieces in conventional Machines • Designing and making tooling and fixtures on CNC and conventional Machines • Fabrication of precision on conventional lathes, milling and run borer machines • Working from blueprint to fabricate parts with tight tolerances • Experienced designing and fabrication tooling and fixtures on CNC machines, Inspection on first parts using optical comparators, micrometers caliper, lenses, etc.