Loram Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. Machine operator 2

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator Two in Red Oak, IA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator Two in Red Oak, IA

    I have been working at Loram full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    really good money , move up super fast , friendly people , Loram has one of the best 401k's out there ..

    Cons

    Being away from home for 6-9 weeks . No pay time off , no Per DM .

    Advice to Management

    Need to give perdm to opt two ,


  2. General Laborer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Loram part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Gas and housing costs were covered while on the job, plus long hours make it possible to save up a decent amount of money.

    Cons

    Working 70 to 80 hours hours a week outside is very tiring. Often times you could work weeks without a single day off.

    Advice to Management

    Watch over the crews more closely, the crew I was in was never that bad but I heard horror stories of fights and rampant drug use on other crews.


  3. Dont Work for EM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Loram full-time

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

    Pros

    401k 150%match. Decent heath insurance etc. Get to travel all over us. and potentially abroad.

    Cons

    Never knowing when you'd be home. Out for sometimes 20 weeks straight. Hard to set doctors or specialist appointments.

    Advice to Management

    Get people that still understand the field aspects vs the office aspects of the company.


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  5. DIrty Work Good Money

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    Current Employee - General Laborer in Hamel, MN
    Current Employee - General Laborer in Hamel, MN

    I have been working at Loram full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good money, good co workers, Lots of travel.

    Cons

    Lots of travel, dirty work


  6. Great Company to Start Your Railroad Career With

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Loram

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flights to/from home paid for, place to stay while you are away from home that's paid for, Pay is great especially when you hit overtime

    Cons

    Long Days, 24/7, 365, Travel, Physically Demanding


  7. Good job as long as you can handle a little racism

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Laborer
    Current Employee - General Laborer

    I have been working at Loram full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay for no experience, great opportunities to move up, paid travel, paid hotel, great benefits

    Cons

    6 weeks away from family, a large amount of racist employees, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire every person who walks through the door


  8. Helpful (2)

    Awesome people, long dirty hours, low pay, great way to see country though.

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    Current Employee - General Laborer
    Current Employee - General Laborer

    I have been working at Loram full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Travel, overtime, almost free living.

    Cons

    Being away from home, long dirty hours, low, low pay for type of work.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay equals less turnover and more trained and seasoned workers.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Pretty good experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Laborer
    Former Employee - General Laborer

    I worked at Loram full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay for no experience necessary (entry level), fast promotions, lots of hours, you get to see the world. If you get on a prevailing wage job on Metro North or whatever and get paid $80/hr- that's not bad. Pretty rare though.

    Cons

    Everything else- stressful, long days, dirty, everything is always breaking and you maintain it (here's to you Railvacs), and then you go back to your grimy super 8 motel and sleep for 6 hours before starting another day 16 hour day at 4 in the morning. Sometimes the coworkers are s**theads too.

    Sometimes you meet bad apple Roadmaster who gets up in your face for how often it seems like your machine is broken or something stupid. Advice is to have him call your boss and then leave it at that.

    Advice to Management

    Don't yank people off machines so often.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Loram was a great introduction into the railroad career they have honest care for everyone of their employees

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    Former Employee - General Labour in Hamel, MN
    Former Employee - General Labour in Hamel, MN

    I worked at Loram full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for Advancement, company pays for all travel and living expenses and required certifications.

    Cons

    Training is provided outside of Canada which is inconvenient to some but understandable since its headquarters is in Minnesota


  11. Helpful (3)

    Not a good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Loram

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

    Pros

    It's a job with decent salary. It will probably make your next job seem much better.

    Cons

    The atmosphere there is just cold and stiff. I don't even want to think about it. The upper management there and some others think they are so great when they really don't have much going for them...

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with lower level employees. Make it a place people want to work.



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