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Bombardier Transportation

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Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at Bombardier Transportation full-time (more than 10 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

Good working environment. Nice people at the grassroots level.
Management is the typical mix of good and poor. Slow to adapt to changing needs of the industry.
Nice suburban location with free parking and low traffic for your commute.

Cons

Very cyclic industry, with frequent cycles of hiring and lay-offs. Management does not seem able to adapt effective strategies to deal with these cycles, so job security is not very good.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good company if you work in the right division.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Bombardier Transportation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They still have a modest pension plan, which is great if you want to make this your company to close out your career. With the right position, there is some opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Salary here, and in the transportation industry overall isn't great. It's a low margin and increasingly competitive business, with few transit authorities investing in the poor economy. Paperwork and meetings can be overwhelming, and it's not uncommon for a minority of your time to be spent on actual engineering work.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline processes and paperwork, minimize meetings.

  2. Helpful (8)

    Looking to coast? Boy, have I got a job for you.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Bombardier Transportation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The projects that you are able to work on are quite interesting. If you find the right position, you can be a part of putting together trains that will be used in many different metropolitan areas. Also, because it's a very global company, there are usually opportunities to travel.

    Cons

    Bombardier doesn't seem to put a lot of investment into their employees. Meaningful training programs are limited. They will offer low to middle of the road wages and are quite stingy with offering vacation. Ability to advance within the company is limited. The culture here seems to be try and get projects done with the least number of engineers possible in the shortest time possible. As a result, superhuman effort is required by engineers on a project to get working solutions out the door on time. However, because of the mediocre pay/advancement opportunities, the only engineers competent enough to perform this kind of work eventually leave the company. Because management doesn't really grow talent in-house, this leads to a huge amount of brain-drain. Most of the people who stick around don't desire to be high performers (and why would they, when it doesn't get you anything?) If you're looking for a company where you can pretend to care from 9-5 that won't punish laziness or ignorance but also won't reward diligence or hard work, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees.

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