Electro-Motive

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Electro-Motive Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
50 Reviews
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Electro-Motive CEO Billy Ainsworth
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  1.  

    Decent

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    Great Internship

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    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    Rewarding yet Slow Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company before Caterpillar (Progress Rail) took over

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Development Engineer  in  Lagrange Hlds, IL
    Current Employee - Database Development Engineer in Lagrange Hlds, IL

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

    Pros

    Nice location in Chicagoland area.

    Cons

    Pay is below market standards. Old school management with no desire to keep up with times and technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Electro-Motive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electro-Motive full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Exciting product line and fast paced developments.

    Cons

    They give great lip service to employee development but little action. Upper management has little investment in workers but override the opinions of direct managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the inclusion of workers in improvements. Cutting work force only improves efficiencies when the work load decreases or the processes improve not when the parent company demands more profit to cover sagging sales in other areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The people are great to work with.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Electro-Motive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The salary is decent and the people are great.

    Cons

    Raises and bonuses are very few and in between

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better direction and recognition to employees

    Recommends
  8.  

    Awesome Job, Awful Culture. Great Place For Self Motivated Hard Workers With Thick Skin, Who Enjoy A Channange

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Coordinator  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Technical Coordinator in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Electro-Motive as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay for the lack of experience required. International travel opportunities, should you choose to take them. Good mix of office work, hands on tinkering, and special projects.

    Cons

    Policies come and go without much notice. Negative reinforcement seems to be the only method of coaching. Not much effort is taken to share valuable information with the front-line. Most new hires are brought on as contractors, not employees. Contracting benefits are laughable when compared to those of an employee with comparable responsibilities. No formal training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training, less complaining!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Was a good place to work

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

    I have been working at Electro-Motive full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The pay is good if you started before 2011

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are not what they were

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    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 for 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company not focused on the long term.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 for 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

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