Greenbrier Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Greenbrier President, CEO, and Director William A. Furman
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  1. NOT for young people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Greenbrier full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is much to learn about the rail industry while meeting many interesting people. Puts some useful experience under your belt.

    Cons

    If you don't know anyone or aren't related to the people who run things, you are treated with content and are constantly belittled. The environment is extremely political and there is no room for young people to learn and be trained from the ground up. Either you know it when you get there, or you pull your hair out trying to guess the magic eight ball. HR is useless because their every move is puppeteered, giving them no control in getting those who are helpless the help they need.

    Advice to Management

    Eventually, a company must realize that for perpetuity, young people must be hired, and trained from the bottom, rather than expecting every new hire to have many years experience under their belt. When you do hire young people you can't expect them to have the experience and knowledge of someone 10 years their senior. Many people are hired and feel like they might as well give up before they start.


  2. GBRX is confused

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Individual operations were sometimes excellent environments to work in once they were in place and allowed to run things as they should. My pay was good.

    Cons

    The corporate governance was weak, misguided, and failed to follow through or execute plans in a timely fashion. They would make hasty decisions (i.e. bonus calculations were always promised but never implemented). As they grew, they grew failed at systems integration and had poor IT support. Some of the management had shady connections in the industry. The middle layers of management are merely yes-men. Benefits were constantly down graded and they took back pay raises that were only a month or two into.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new and competent senior operations management; eliminate the layers between corporate, division, and plant. Scrap all HR and start over.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company; Very-retaliatory HR Dept.

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Lake Oswego, OR
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - CEO - Executives - Bonuses - Salary - Perks

    Cons

    - Corporate HR is notorious within the company

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the problem and publicly ask the employees for advice.


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  5. Low Employee Morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Sulphur Springs, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Sulphur Springs, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training opportunities were of value to the employees to improve their job skills. Employee perks were available - shop discounts, free lunch, holiday parties, etc. Beautiful environment to work in, and many of the guests were great to interact with.

    Cons

    Very low employee morale. Employees do not get the compensation they deserve for the responsibilities they perform. Management does not interact with employees very often, and lack of communication between executives and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Boost employee morale, so your employees are happy to come to work. The hours are crazy at times, so ensure your staff is well rested so they can perform at their highest level. Communication is key in any work environment - and employees like to feel involved.



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