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GATX Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
14 Reviews
2.8
14 Reviews
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GATX Chairman, President, and CEO Brian A. Kenney
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  1.  

    It's an ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Worker
    Current Employee - Worker

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

    Pros

    Extremely flexible to workers needs. The bonuses are fair to the point they pay out at a rate equivalent to their expected earnings. If they do 115% of their quota, they pay out 115% of your expected bonus! Great benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    The job is very "old school" shouting and arguing is not uncommon. Refusal by most to move into the 21st century, both technological and mentality. The pay is alright, not so bad to complain but not the best either. Nothing is more important than "time on car" you will get yelled at for working "overhead" then get yelled at because the "overhead" is not getting done, I imagine they expect a person to stay after their work day and on their own time perform the over head of the shop no charge to the customer or company. If you can't weld, you are looked down upon as a lesser employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, some may be disgruntled on a daily basis because they dislike the daily grind, others may be disgruntled with a root reason that you can solve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Stable with benefits but little opportunity

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

    I worked at GATX full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is fair and comparable to what you would find elsewhere. Benefits and retirement plans are generally excellent. Employee culture is generally friendly and relaxed.

    Cons

    Very little promotion from within. No real mechanisms seem to exist at the company to move from a lower position into management. Almost all senior hiring seems to come from outside companies and often outside industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more middle management positions to allow employees to gain managerial experience within the company. Refrain from bringing in managers from outside industries who don't understand the particular challenges that come with GATX's industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Old School Company

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

    I worked at GATX full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefits and stable company.

    Cons

    Many people have been in their position for a significant period of time. Some old-school management styles (i.e. yelling, screaming, belittling). Could use better diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep things fresher, listen to the people and nip issues in the bud instead of letting them fester.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Company is probably too conservative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GATX full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent corporate culture, recent push to provide training and more career opportunities after employee survey. So management is trying to listen to what employees want.

    Cons

    Some people are very old school and have a "clock in clock out" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so conservative in growing the company. Investors are a good check but you know your business better than they do. Lead, don't follow.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits

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

    I worked at GATX full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prime location and great benefits

    Cons

    Pressure to participate in fund-raising activities, management does have clear plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent; when have a plan stick to it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very nice people to work with but poor management of projects and chaotic work environment

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at GATX as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    -People are very nice and friendly to work with
    -Good work hours 9 to 5

    Cons

    -Minimal to lack of definition and management of project scope, resulting in a chaotic work environment, inefficient use of resources, and issues that occur later
    -When there is one large project for the company, all other projects suffer due to limited resources
    -"Band-aid" IT solutions are in place instead of investing extra time and money to implement solutions that address both short and long term needs
    -Unless it is an enterprise wide project, Directors are made project managers who spend very little time actually managing the project
    -Enterprise data warehouse is not widely used and there is limited support to expand.
    -Inexperienced people in middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Do a better job managing the project pipeline and changes to the pipeline through the year.
    --->Implement and enforce a process to handle projects requested by the business that were not on the approved list for the year.
    --->When unplanned projects are accepted, revisit/revise list of projects for the year and/or increase staff/consultants accordingly.
    -Put trained and experienced people in project management positions, not just making a side job for a Director.
    -Make project managers accountable - Measure them on project budget vs actuals (this should give more incentive to manage scope)
    -Make sure people are well trained to handle new roles - especially when new to middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative

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

    I have been working at GATX full-time

    Pros

    This company really takes care of their employees, giving good bonuses when the company target revenues are hit, offering incentives to stay healthy, and ample opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community. It's a very positive place to work, where you will be known and befriended by others and are not just a number.

    Cons

    Many people stick with this company until retirement because it is such a good employer, this only drawback with that is the median age range is not exactly youthful. Younger hires are beginning to come in, but the work/social balance may leave something to be desired if you are looking for that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work like balance, but sacrifice the pay to get it.

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

    I have been working at GATX

    Pros

    Work life balance is the best reason to work for GATX and probably the second best reason is the type of people you would work with.

    Cons

    The compensation and career advancement opportunities are limited at GATX. GATX operates in a mature market and rail is the main component of its business.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    GATX is OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at GATX

    Pros

    I guess there are alot of fun events that the company puts on, but many times they are only for management. The benefits are pretty good. Salary is average unless you are managment. The business is not flashy but it is interesting and vital to the economy, You can learn a lot from people in the organization. The are plenty of lifers here so there must be something good. August hours are cool. Everyone is generally friendly, The new office space is outstanding. There is a lot of leeway with many jobs. Senior Management is very accessible especially Kenney. The others are fair also.

    Cons

    Opportunites are few and none. Kenney tries his best but he is a very moody boss. The HR department is totally incompetent. There are so many IT people running around it is unbelievable. They have initiated multiple computer enhancements with none coming to fruition. Sales and management are extremely well compensated but regular employees have a hard time getting more than a 3% bonus. There are a lot kiss ups and not much diversity. I imagine they try but there are a lot ethnic and racial cliques. The one charity that is sponsored is not very varied and seems just to garner media attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time with your underlings. Realize that many of your yes man are basically full of bs.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It was a bad experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Delhi (India)

    I worked at GATX full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Chicago office Team was very understanding and cooperative

    Cons

    Integrity and honesty did not pay here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    company should give opportunity to the staff to express what his / her feels when u listen give time and monitor what is right instead of discussing it with the immediate boss. In India the boss is powerful to manipulate and misuse the weaker ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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