Genesee & Wyoming Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
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  1. Great Company, Great Training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Conductor in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Conductor in Fort Wayne, IN

    I have been working at Genesee & Wyoming full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Training is better than average, safety is a priority. Promote from within

    Cons

    No cons, other than better hours with more rest would be appreciated!

    Advice to Management

    Listen more, people who work on the ground have the best ideas

  2. Great place to work....wonderful company culture....good core values

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

    I have been working at Genesee & Wyoming full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, promoting upward mobility, open work environment

    Cons

    Growing very quickly - need to be ready for changes

  3. Helpful (1)

    What a joke of a company

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

    I have been working at Genesee & Wyoming

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

    Pros

    There are no pros to this company you can guarantee to be jerked from depot to depot with the very minimum rest that they can get away with working you at.

    Cons

    Worst management in the railroad industry. Horrible morale through out the company due to the train masters and the General managers. And it seems they constantly keep things behind the eight ball.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees I can guarantee they see more than you see out there since all of you are lazy cause all you do is stare at a computer screen and sneak around all day.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    150 years of tradition uninterrupted by progress.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainman/Switchman in Roseburg, OR
    Former Employee - Trainman/Switchman in Roseburg, OR

    I worked at Genesee & Wyoming full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management does what it says it is going to do. Training is above average. The company supplies you with the tools necessary for the job and has a generous co-pay for work required boots.

    Cons

    It is a short line that tries to act like a class 1. You have all of the negatives, long hours, antagonistic management, harsh working conditions ie: rain, snow, 100 degree plus days and freezing nights. All of that for less than half the pay of a class 1 railroad. They work you up to the Federal limit and then try to get more out of you. If you are working a job with weekends off, and you go on vacation, they will call you back the next Saturday to cover someone else's job and take away the weekend at the end of your vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Mandatory 60 hours/week plus commute is too much. Being stuck on graveyard for the foreseeable future sucks the joy out of life. There needs to be better balance between hours on the job and time off.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Union-Biased (Southern Region)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - T&E Crew in Columbus, GA
    Former Employee - T&E Crew in Columbus, GA

    I worked at Genesee & Wyoming full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Southern Region HR has some very attractive methods to lure applicants in. I was offered a cash sign-on bonus, put in a hotel room for weeks while I settled in and given a mileage and food allowance. I was even promised a 2-week vacation bank. Once I got settled in, my job switched to a location 26 miles further from my home and the mileage allowance stopped. A year later, I got 14 hours of vacation bank and a 1% raise to attempt to compensate for cost of living increase. What about cost of gas to drive to work increase???

    Cons

    Upper management is very upside down in their effort to promote safety. If you aren't previously Union you will not survive. The NS guys that worked the line before it went to G&W are notorious rule breakers, putting the safety of their crew and the other crews around them on the back burner so they might get their work done sooner. Management is fully aware of their activities but insists they've done nothing wrong. Yet a non-Union employee makes a mistake and they throw them under the bus and make an example out of them, citing a zero tolerance policy for critical rule violations... And if the Union guys are caught in the act, management will make up rules to keep them from getting fired. In addition, management promotes a hostile work environment between crews that turn over jobs to the next crew.

    Advice to Management

    Consider monitoring crews during times other than break time. Offer training to green conductor trainees, rather than throwing them to the wolves to learn the bad habits of the ex-Union slackers and then fire them when the Union guys screw up and point the finger at them.

  7. Needs managers but unwilling to hire

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genesee & Wyoming

    Pros

    Great job environment
    Working out doors
    Good equipment

    Cons

    Relatively low pay
    No room for growth
    Hires from outside before internally

    Advice to Management

    Fix your management structure

  8. Worked as an IT Intern for 4 month, Overall very satisfied with the experience and work culture. A great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - IT Intern in Rochester, NY
    Current Intern - IT Intern in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Genesee & Wyoming as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    A gained a good technical experience and learned a lot as an intern. A great place to work!

    Cons

    Can consider providing visa sponsorship for international students

  9. Fantastic experience with growing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Rochester, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Genesee & Wyoming as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, team oriented, collaborative, opportunity for promotion

    Cons

    Rapidly growing, sometimes hectic environment with new employees -- but this can also be seen as a good thing!

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Operations, Tough Company

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

    I worked at Genesee & Wyoming full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting business challenges, strong safety culture, exciting growth through acquisition means plenty of career opportunities. Anyone with railroad operations, sales, customer service, maintenance of way or locomotive maintenance experience - particularly those with a willingness to relocate - would be well served by joining G&W.

    Cons

    Senior management not always on the same page, still some old-school railroaders in senior management. Since railroads run 24/7, 365 operations employees need to be willing to work in all kinds of weather.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate folks need to listen to people in regional leadership teams.

  11. Grasp changes or work morale will continue to decrease

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Nowhere, OK
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Nowhere, OK

    I have been working at Genesee & Wyoming full-time

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

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits, benefits, and benefits

    Cons

    Need more process improvement, too many people are being paid less to do more, a need for a project team to handle projects, there is no room to grow unless you been there for more than 7 years.

    Advice to Management

    Sr Management need to work more with employees and learn day to day issues, realize that employees are afraid to voice their concern because they feel they are not being heard, not valued enough, or will be fired, and develop an incentive program for employees to show them they are needed

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