Electro-Motive

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Electro-Motive Reviews in La Grange, IL

Updated December 29, 2014
Updated December 29, 2014
55 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Interesting process for an interesting product (in 4 reviews)

  • union, lots of work, good people to work with, tons of advancement opportunities (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Corrosive, toxic work environment (in 4 reviews)

  • Way too much turn over due to poor long range decisions by senior management (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in La Grange, IL

    I worked at Electro-Motive full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent and fair pay, seems like the standard corporate environment, people are nice and friendly, decent hours and work load. I would go back if needed a job.

    Cons

    Garbage must be taken out by yourself which in my opinion is a huge setback on productivity compared to having a cleaner come in and take out all the garbage bags in the morning like my current company. There are no restaurants nearby unless you drive for a couple miles, food from the vending machines should not even be eaten.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Pass this one by, and you'll be glad you did

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research and Development in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - Research and Development in La Grange, IL

    I have been working at Electro-Motive full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Non-Management are good people

    Cons

    This is not the same company as when GM had it. Attempting to survive the management, they like to fire people. The last engine they designed was so bad that they had to sell the rights to the Chinese, cheap ! The Chinese are now very angry. It seem as though everybody there is looking for another company to work for.
    If you happen to be a consumer, Know this: The new engine they are currently attempting to develop is junk also, its too large for your average locomotive, and there is no room to work on it. Plus, it not very reliable, (breaks down a lot.... a whole lot).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to give them advice, they won't listen and you'll get fired for it. As saying about advise goes: " A wise man doesn't need it, and a fool won't heed it. Wisdom is a language that the management there does not understand...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - Designer in La Grange, IL

    I have been working at Electro-Motive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, decent pay, offers OT

    Cons

    No chance for advancement within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more advancement opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality and Reliability in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - Quality and Reliability in La Grange, IL

    I have been working at Electro-Motive as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Their pay here is really good for an internship. The people are very good to work with. They are willing to help the interns when we needed it but you are still expected to learn on the go for the most part. There seems to be many opportunities to move up based on my conversations with the engineers and staffs who work there.

    Cons

    None. Being an intern, I don't think I've been here long enough to really see the cons if there are any.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Rewarding yet Slow Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in La Grange, IL

    I have been working at Electro-Motive as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to a variety of departments, challenging yet rewarding projects, flexible management

    Cons

    Slow and quiet corporate culture, lack of advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for employees to learn and grow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company not focused on the long term.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in La Grange, IL

    I have been working at Electro-Motive as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    opportunities to travel, getting to work with locomotives, short term incentive plan, freedom to self manage, locomotive training classes, opportunities to get involved with charities

    Cons

    Constant budget cuts, lack of resources, corporate values that are not held to, lack of accountability, lack of effective processes, minimal teamwork, low morale, policies that are constantly bent/broken, groups too large to manage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on fixing the cons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Best "Slice of Life" Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern - Engine Systems in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern - Engine Systems in La Grange, IL

    I worked at Electro-Motive as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked on many projects; friendly, helpful colleagues; worked with locomotives; received a mentor; good perspective on engineering as an occupation

    Cons

    Sometimes there was lack of direction; had to overcome boredom some days; other interns were less motivated than me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hot lunches in the headquarters building; more direction for interns; more company events; continue to partner new hires and interns with mentors to show them the ropes and to have a safe person to ask "dumb" questions to

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engaging, challenging internship experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engine Systems Intern in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Engine Systems Intern in La Grange, IL

    I worked at Electro-Motive as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interns get exposure to many different areas of the business.
    In an exciting, innovative period of operation for engineering.
    Always something to do-quality work.

    Cons

    Very easy to get lost in the paperwork jungle.
    Way too many meetings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    High Speed Revolving Door

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL

    I worked at Electro-Motive full-time

    Pros

    Good people with good intentions - bad results.

    Cons

    Way too much turn over due to poor long range decisions by senior management. The planning and it's execution should bode well for General Electric for years to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn over your developments to qualified parent company experts. The absence of long range vision and the ability to carry out stated objectives is indicative of a poorly run operation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sucks. Bureaucracy is rampant, sons and daughters of someone always move up while rest of us are left stagnant.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in La Grange, IL

    I worked at Electro-Motive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, slow moving industry

    Cons

    Not innovative, pushing paperwork, no motivation, employee morale too low

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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