R.J. Corman Railroad

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Pretty on the outside.

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Former Employee - Derailment in Nicholasville, KY
Former Employee - Derailment in Nicholasville, KY

I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad

Pros

It's considered the "best" place to work in the small town, until you work there and realize that upper management is so scared of the owner which is always around that they press their employees to hard to impress the boss.

Cons

When you work at the corporate office your expected to do odd jobs on the "farm" to please the owner, when the jobs performed are clearly not even in the same stratosphere as your listed job duties. Not to mention your always on call for the whimsy of the owner.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Not be so scared of the owner. It's easily recognizable that you don't know how to say no to him, even though your workforce is already stretched thin. Sometimes your "crew" just wants to see you stand up for them for once.

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    Not An Environment That Cares About The Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad

    Pros

    The only positive was that the 401K was matched dollar for dollar.

    Cons

    Employees are treated as though they are commodities & not human beings. The company has no interest in the employee's personal life. It is all about what can be done for the company (What have you done for me lately?).

    From a previous post & very true: "This mentality and culture are passed down from the management to the rest of the employees in the form of unrealistic time tables, over promised projects, and a non-existent work / life balance."

    The vacation allotment was one of the worst provided by an employer (1 week of vacation after 1 year of service; 2 weeks after 2 years; 3 weeks after 10 years).

    Salaried employees are "the property of the company" & expected to work 50-60 hour work weeks with no compensatory time off or additional pay.

    The environment is worse than the cancer that affects Mr. Corman himself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the Board of Control run the company instead of the current "dictatorship".

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Solid experience for those looking to start a career in the railroad industry.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Nicholasville, KY
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Nicholasville, KY

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company is very well diversified for a railroad contractor with five separate companies which offer different services in the railroad industry. As a management trainee, you may easily transfer between these companies and departments and get a feel for the type of work you truly enjoy. In the corporate office, you may gain experience in pretty much any of the basic facets of business management such as: accounting, finance, and administration. There isn't much of marketing department as this company provides services at the industrial level rather than consumer.

    Cons

    You will notice shortly after your first day that the walls have eyes and ears, which provides for a rather hostile environment. Security is tight in Company headquarters; your every move is noted. This company uses a culture of fear (more than reward) to motivate employees. Salaries are also low considering the amount of work you're expected to perform, and there is a high level of turnover. The Company has a reputation for chewing up and spitting out its employees, so my advice to young college grads applying for the management trainee role: do it ONLY if you want to start a career in the railroad or other contracting industries, and take advantage of your time there to rotate as often as possible. Working for an actual Class 1 railroad doesn't provide the same opportunities to bounce around different departments and participate in such a vast spectrum of projects, but they surely pay better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more incentive for management trainees to stay. In my time there I didn't meet one other trainee who saw himself/herself staying much longer past the end of the program.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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