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Nights and weekends

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Former Employee - Operations
Former Employee - Operations

I worked at Norfolk Southern

Pros

Variety of work
Pay and benefits
Equipment well maintained in general
Great history of company
Stock price goes up over time

Cons

Married to job not family
Militaristic supervisors
Nights and weekends
Too many merger employees not satisfied
Union is too self focused

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need to have more northerners working in management and not the south. Hey the civil war ending a long time ago.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Possibly be the best or worst job ever, depending on where you are and who you work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainmaster
    Current Employee - Trainmaster

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern

    Pros

    Great Training Program
    Excellent Starting Pay
    Ability to travel to other places
    Department Rotations are a great way to see all aspects of the company

    Cons

    Long Hours
    Glass ceilings for some
    No flexibility with time in transportation
    Operating department jobs have often led to divorce
    Can become trapped in certain departments, meaning when opportunities from other departments are possible, your department may deny interviews, promotions etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow opportunities for employees to advance without fearing that specific departments will not have enough man power. There are many capable college grad having trouble finding entry level jobs to deny employees with several years career opportunities.

    Approves of CEO
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    You have to be able to "roll with the punches!!!"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer Technician
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer Technician

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern

    Pros

    1. pay is decent
    2. benefits are great
    3. having a pension ain't bad either
    4. sometimes you're doing nothing at work, but still getting paid ... "hurry up and wait" has it's benefits!
    5. they know how to make money ... which eventually makes it's way down to employees and not just VP's

    Cons

    1. the management practices need to hurry up and make it to the 21st century
    2. they "know" who they're going to promote before the "so called" interviews begin, so don't think you're going to get promoted from within without knowing the right people
    3. they call themselves "railroaders" and their serious about it! It's a culture that they try to force on you ... whether you agree with the characteristics of the culture or not!

    The term I hate most - "Well, this is the railroad ... "

    4. They work the crap out of you ... trust me, if you're getting paid well they're going to work you to the point where you feel severely underpaid.
    5. Also, depending on what your position is and where you work the work-life balance can be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Will you extra old guys please retire already. You guys will literally work on the railroad until you die!

    Approves of CEO
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