Amsted Rail Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. good experience

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Granite City, IL
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Granite City, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Amsted Rail (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get experience in open text and SAP, which is incredibly valuable. Freedom to solve problems in your own way, as long as you get things done. AP is handled in a central location, not at the plant, but good communication with teammates at the plants makes things much easier to take care of problems that come up.

    Cons

    You MUST be able to handle being under pressure. If you cannot create and manage a schedule and take very good notes you will make your job unnecessarily difficult. In order to catch up or get ahead, you will have to dedicate extra effort and time.

    Advice to Management

    Do whatever you can to keep good relationships up with the buyers at the plants, if the processors can't communicate with them the department suffers. Open up the work space so that people feel more comfortable getting help and advise.


  2. Admin

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Amsted Rail (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I like having a flexible work schedule and that's all.

    Cons

    Very old fashion company. I had no access to the company's Intranet..


  3. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amsted Rail full-time

    Pros

    Good environment to work in

    Cons

    Growing company under new managment. Needs better structure

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your employees


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  5. Helpful (1)

    They take care of their people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amsted Rail full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful people. Great benefit.

    Cons

    some break down on communication, long hours


  6. Good business, low personal enjoyment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Amsted Rail full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong business size and focus.

    Cons

    Old fashioned culture. Very business focused with little social interaction between employees. Sterile and uninspiring work environment. Not highly innovative.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Amsted Rail

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The employees are friendly and know their jobs well enough to explain to others.

    Cons

    Needing a degree to work in Payroll


  8. Great Pay & Benefits

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    Current Employee - Inventory Coordinator in Groveport, OH
    Current Employee - Inventory Coordinator in Groveport, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amsted Rail full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay & benefits. Amazing retirement ESOP( talking millions with longevity-seriously) plus 401k match. Lots of free perks, bottled water, food. Popsicles in summer. Your safety is important.

    Cons

    Dirty work environment, cold in winter, sweltering in summer. You WILL be required to work A LOT of OT(some may see this as a pro). Very demanding when busy but could be forced to a reduced schedule if business slows (rare lately). If plant breaks down you will be off w/out pay. Production comes before people-Always. If family time is a priority, Amsted isn't for you.


  9. Leadership has no skills - Griffin Wheel Keokuk Iowa.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Keokuk, IA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Keokuk, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Learning to work on broken down equipment long after it's useful life under pressure of massive downtime losses. They do pay for a lot of meals on the job, for upper leadership most of the time, the most of any place I have worked. Good hard working co-workers.

    Cons

    Upper management (corp) has no useful management skills, and there is a constant threat of losing your job if you can't make the plant 30+ year old equipment perform as new. Constant turmoil around direction of the management and leadership at the plant level. You are unable to have serious discussions around the plant performance or things that need to change because of what might happen (fear of losing job). Management is continuously micro-managed by corp which is then funneled down to all positions with constant scrutiny to all leadership roles. There is no team mentality and in-fighting is horrible. Pathetic is not a strong enough word to describe the plant management.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate all upper mgt at corp level and hire people with education to back up their experience. Eliminate plant level mgt and replace with people with education to back up their experience. (community college doesn't count) Spend money on the plants to upgrade equipment and actually have reasonable down time to accomplish shut-downs and repair broken equipment. Put together a sales plan which meshes with maintenance, vs. selling out of wheels and then driving the plant into the ground to fulfill orders.


  10. run away

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    Former Employee - Production Foreman in Granite City, IL
    Former Employee - Production Foreman in Granite City, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    you get paid that is about the only ggod thing

    Cons

    Workforce is from work release managers dont care about people, dirty environment

    Advice to Management

    wear bullet proof vests


  11. Great pay, but you work hard in ALL conditions for that pay

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    Current Employee - Chipper in Granite City, IL
    Current Employee - Chipper in Granite City, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Amsted Rail full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good pay, decent benefits, set shift

    Cons

    not so desirable work conditions or environment

    Advice to Management

    treat you workers with respect and they will produce



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