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    Absolutely NONE..the most unprofessional, unsafe, non structured place I have ever worked at. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND DO NOT APPLY TO THIS COMPANY! You will be sorry, mark my word! Biggest 3-ring circus I've ever encountered!


    I worked for another railroad, (a Class I) for 10yrs so I consider myself very knowledgeable in what I do- I don't know how some of the other shortline carriers operate, but Watco mgmt is terrible and they care NOTHING about safety! This place was a joke..VERY unsafe, no structure, no schedules as to when we were to show up for work until 10:30pm the night before via EMAIL expecting us to be there at 5am that next a.m. And when I finally had had enough & went to HR with the issues, they basically handed me off to the superintendent of the particular railroad I was working for- who then called and tried to chew ME out saying I was "causing problems by reaching out to HR and not going to my Trainmaster"...uh, I HAD been going to my TM for a week trying to ask questions, get answers, etc, to which he would NEVER respond or get in touch with me. Then he asked "well..what do u want me to do? " and I politely told him "put me somewhere else. ANYWHERE else. All of the Watco terminals can't be THIS poorly managed..I'll go anywhere, but I'm not staying at this particular one." And he basically said nope. No can do. You haven't been out here long enough to prove yourself to me or anyone else..You need to submit a resignation letter to the Trainmaster. I said it before and I will say it again...SAVE YOURSELF THE HASSLE. Look elsewhere for a job! You will 1) LIVE another day to tell about it, and 2) be much happier and better off!

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people with little to NO experience in how to run their terminals! You have people who worked in mgmt for 3yrs at a sporting goods store, running a RAILROAD terminal! People are going to get people injured or worse, killed. VERY UNSAFE conditions and VERY UNPROFESSIONAL atmosphere.

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    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at Watco Companies in October 2014.


    I applied online and received a call back 7 weeks later. I was at work when I got the call so I scheduled the phone interview later that afternoon during my lunch break at 1 pm. The interviewer called at 1:07 pm It was explained to me that they were slow to respond because of someone being on maternity leave. They asked if I was still interested in the position. I told them that I had already been hired, so it would depend on the salary being offered. I was informed that the position was an entry level position and they were offering $32,000. As this was less than what I was making I informed them that I was not interested and thanked them for the opportunity. Note to Management: Since there is no room for negotiations in your salaries, might I suggest that you include the salary information in your job posting. It would save your people and those looking for employment time and effort.

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Website www.watcocompanies.com
Headquarters Pittsburg, KS
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1983
Type Company - Private
Industry Transportation & Logistics
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Watco Companies (WCI) offers a wide-range of railcar services. Subsidiary Watco Transportation Services (WTS) runs 20-plus short-line railroads throughout the US on about 3,665 miles of track. WCI offers industrial contract switching services, operating more than 20 railcar switching facilities located on manufacturers' and railway shippers' sites. It also leases and repairs railcars and locomotives; provides temperature-controlled warehousing/storage and distribution services; and offers transload/intermodal services (using different forms of carriers for a ... More

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