Greenbrier Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Low Employee Morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Sulphur Springs, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Sulphur Springs, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training opportunities were of value to the employees to improve their job skills. Employee perks were available - shop discounts, free lunch, holiday parties, etc. Beautiful environment to work in, and many of the guests were great to interact with.

    Cons

    Very low employee morale. Employees do not get the compensation they deserve for the responsibilities they perform. Management does not interact with employees very often, and lack of communication between executives and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Boost employee morale, so your employees are happy to come to work. The hours are crazy at times, so ensure your staff is well rested so they can perform at their highest level. Communication is key in any work environment - and employees like to feel involved.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company; Very-retaliatory HR Dept.

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Lake Oswego, OR
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - CEO - Executives - Bonuses - Salary - Perks

    Cons

    - Corporate HR is notorious within the company

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the problem and publicly ask the employees for advice.


  3. GBRX is confused

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Individual operations were sometimes excellent environments to work in once they were in place and allowed to run things as they should. My pay was good.

    Cons

    The corporate governance was weak, misguided, and failed to follow through or execute plans in a timely fashion. They would make hasty decisions (i.e. bonus calculations were always promised but never implemented). As they grew, they grew failed at systems integration and had poor IT support. Some of the management had shady connections in the industry. The middle layers of management are merely yes-men. Benefits were constantly down graded and they took back pay raises that were only a month or two into.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new and competent senior operations management; eliminate the layers between corporate, division, and plant. Scrap all HR and start over.


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  5. NOT for young people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Greenbrier full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is much to learn about the rail industry while meeting many interesting people. Puts some useful experience under your belt.

    Cons

    If you don't know anyone or aren't related to the people who run things, you are treated with content and are constantly belittled. The environment is extremely political and there is no room for young people to learn and be trained from the ground up. Either you know it when you get there, or you pull your hair out trying to guess the magic eight ball. HR is useless because their every move is puppeteered, giving them no control in getting those who are helpless the help they need.

    Advice to Management

    Eventually, a company must realize that for perpetuity, young people must be hired, and trained from the bottom, rather than expecting every new hire to have many years experience under their belt. When you do hire young people you can't expect them to have the experience and knowledge of someone 10 years their senior. Many people are hired and feel like they might as well give up before they start.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good personal company culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours, non stress, good coffee.

    Cons

    Upper IT management have goals that are not being shared in order to get a company direction.


  7. Good pay, Good lean program involving working within a team, at it's Manufacturing Plant in Portland Oregon.

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    Former Employee - Machine Set Up Operator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Machine Set Up Operator in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wages, team support with co workers.

    Cons

    Lack of work, both in Marine and Rail Car Production at the Portland Oregon Plant. To save on labor cost, Rail cars are being made in Mexico. Long story / short Greenbrier shipped our jobs south to Mexico.

    Advice to Management

    Bring Production back to America.


  8. Greenbrier Rail Services Chehalis

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pay for the area, great benefits, good shift, lots of overtime, most weekends off, and plenty of advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Being treated like a slave, being talked to like you're a nobody or beneath everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to talk to and treat the people that work for you.


  9. Very good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Open door policy, top to bottom, and excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    Similar to many other companies; internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Prefer not to say.


  10. I learned a lot

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    Former Employee - Welder in North Hodge, LA
    Former Employee - Welder in North Hodge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Greenbrier full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You stay busy which makes the day fly by

    Cons

    Their point system should be eliminated

    Advice to Management

    None



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