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Former Employee - Co-Op in Atlanta, GA
Former Employee - Co-Op in Atlanta, GA

I worked at Norfolk Southern full-time (less than a year)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

A company with a very steady progressing future.

Cons

Has limited number of Electrical Engineers.

Advice to Management

The tapping of talent is awesome, please keep up the good work.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Awefull thought I was working for the taliban.

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    Current Employee - Conductor
    Current Employee - Conductor

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good retirement thats about it..

    Cons

    Management Sucks..No people skill'z. Training needed for management, a lot from top to bottom. Outside company has to tell management (upper management) how to make more money by working with your employee's not against them. I believe once the old head management is gone company might be a great company to work for in about 10 yrs if even needed then. 3D printing should knock transportation stocks for a loop. Transporting people will probable sound good again to the railroads.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of paying a seperate company for advice ask your employees if you have any who can truly feel respected and appreciatied by management for the work there doing out there.

  2. Helpful (4)

    IT Department: Toxic-Culture + Under-Performers = Lack of Quality and Innovation

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    Former Contractor - Senior Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Contractor - Senior Developer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Norfolk Southern as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company with reasonable budgets for capital investments. Relatively stable company which is not as affected by economic downturns.

    Cons

    There is a toxic culture of dishonesty, hypocrisy, sketchy agreements, lack of accountability and negative politics throughout the IT Leadership. Promotions are tenure-based -- not merit based. Performers are punished rather than rewarded.

    This environment attracts under-performers looking for an easy pension. Management is unwilling/unable to compensate top level talent with competitive salary ranges. Skilled IT-resources move on to better organizations while under-performers stay until retirement resulting in a perpetual "brain drain".

    As an organization, there is no desire to be anywhere but the middle or rear of the "pack" in regards to IT capabilities. Until a major cultural change occurs, this company's IT Department will always be an industry-lagger rather than industry-leader.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture. (start with Forbes article: "The Key to Changing Organizational Culture")

    Attract, reward and retain top-talent. (start with Dice article: "30 Ways to Attract or Repel the Very Best Employees in Tech")

    The rest will happen naturally...

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