GATX Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
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  1. GATX is a real "old school" company. Not a good company if you're looking for upward mobility.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GATX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at GATX as a contractor (less than a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    stable and stagnant organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Railcar Specialist
    Current Employee - Railcar Specialist

    I have been working at GATX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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 ...

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. It's an ok place to work

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    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
  7. Stable with benefits but little opportunity

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    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
  8. Old School Company

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    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
  9. Company is probably too conservative

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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great benefits

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    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
  11. It was a bad experience.

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Delhi (India)

    I worked at GATX full-time (more than a 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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