GATX Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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GATX Chairman, President, and CEO Brian A. Kenney
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  1. Helpful (2)

    GATX is a real "old school" company. Not a good company if you're looking for upward mobility.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GATX

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Internal online training opportunities are available, but only if the manager approves it. If you're in the right "clique" you will definitely succeed.

    Cons

    If you're in the "clique" you get the right projects, support, mentorship and exposure to help you succeed. Only those in the "clique" get promoted and believe me those are the same names that you see all the time. Others have been in the same position forever. If you're looking for diversity in management positions, forget about it! From my experience, they offer online training, but only allow you to train for things in your area, and only with management approval. If you want to self-train for another department your manager knows and won't approve it because it doesn't apply to your current job. With this being said, you will never acquire skills to move on or be promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees even if it means the non-verbal communication. Offer more opportunities for the "regular" people. Give them the opportunity to learn about what other departments actually do. Let them train online, on their own time, for positions outside of their own area.


  2. Helpful (3)

    They paid for my house over the years , now they are trying to take it away ...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Railcar Specialist
    Current Employee - Railcar Specialist

    I have been working at GATX

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The integrity of a weld bead ... is more important to them than the integrity of a human being ... I will add they are quite proficient in guidelines, calibrations,forms and all the paperwork that goes with the job ... I always said , if gatx ran the government , we'd have this deficit down real quick ... checks and balances ...

    Cons

    There is not much heart and soul there ... The operational outfits are looked at as less than human and if you try to help the company out by letting them know where things are going down the tubes ,you are shown the door after all the spin doctoring and cover ups are installed ....

    Advice to Management

    Dont judge a man, woman or situation until you have all of the facts ... doing so without that needed info is called prejudice ... Clean house or promote from inside if you can with the Human Resources Department ... They are on cruise control with providing needed assistance when needed by an employee .... no follow through seems to be the main problem ...


  3. Helpful (1)

    stable and stagnant organization

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GATX full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable organization. If your goal is to find a "job" and make a decent living, this organization may suit you well. Top executives of this organizationis ultra conservative and do not take unnecessary risks.

    Cons

    Stagnant organization. You will not be technically nor academically challenged. For the most part, you do the same thing over and over again. You would be surrounded by whole bunch of uneducated people who are trying to maintain status quo and get ahead at the expense of other people. Good old boy organization. Do a search on top executives and see if any diversity exists in this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Where is the growth on this organization? Please review your own 20 year chart of your own stock and perform a self assesment.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    GATX is OK

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

    I have been working at GATX

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Prime location and great benefits

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent; when have a plan stick to it


  8. Helpful (2)

    Company is probably too conservative

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

    I have been working at GATX full-time

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Old School Company

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

    I worked at GATX full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Stable with benefits but little opportunity

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. It's an ok place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Worker
    Current Employee - Worker

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.



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