Loram Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
10 Reviews

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10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good job as long as you can handle a little racism

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    Current Employee - General Laborer
    Current Employee - General Laborer

    I have been working at Loram full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire every person who walks through the door

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Travel, overtime, almost free living.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good experience

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    Former Employee - General Laborer
    Former Employee - General Laborer

    I worked at Loram full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't yank people off machines so often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for less than a year

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Loram

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Expect long days on your feet, and bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nowhere, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nowhere, OK

    I worked at Loram full-time

    Pros

    Travel, Health Insurance, frequent flyer miles, and they hire year round

    Cons

    Insane hours M-F 12-16 hrs per day, at least 8 on Sat. Some supervisors are worn out due to working up the chain, and they have forgotten the hardships. Management is awful, they expect everyone to be mechanically inclined even though it is a entry-level job. You never know when your going home, sometimes 2 months pass and you get one week with your family. Pittiful pay, starts at $9.00 hr. EXPECT a 70-90 hr work week!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not blame your employees for your mistakes. Pay your employees more, and you will get more from them. A 5 Wk on 2 Wk off rotation would be much better than 6-8 weeks on and 1-2 weeks off. Let employees know which machine they are scheduled to be on next, and let them know where they will be going. They deserve that! Most of all, Treat your employees with respect and do not degrade them! Treat them like the people in your hdqs in Hamel, MN. We a trainee arrives there they are treated differently than they are in the field!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Loram full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    ITS REALLY A HORRIBLE PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK

    Cons

    Long Hours, LGBT Discriminatory,Only Grey White Folks can survive....very sad place!

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    your a robot

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    Current Employee - Shop Worker  in  Hamel, MN
    Current Employee - Shop Worker in Hamel, MN

    I have been working at Loram full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    pays the bills. lets me come to work every day. I get a half hour lunch. I could participate in a 401k if they paid enough

    Cons

    hometime = none. emplyees are an expense and treated as such. they don't want you to have a family and if you do they don't want you to be able to care for them. The only business ethic they have is to make the owner in Canada as much money as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit micromanaging our lifes outside of work and give us some time off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't make a mistake or you and everyone on the machine will be fired

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Hamel, MN
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Hamel, MN

    I have been working at Loram

    Pros

    Benefits equal to Class I Railroads - very good benefits
    Learn to become mechanically inclined
    Paid company travel
    Paid hotels when in field
    Monthly safety dinners for no accidents

    Cons

    Some field positions require 80-110 hours per week
    Dangerous job to be sleep deprived
    Management expects perfection even during an 80+ hour week
    They quote a salary of $50,000 a year - this only happens if you work more than 80 hours a week
    Exposure to elements (however you are warned about this)
    Management more interested in production than safety. For example railroad foreman are only allowed to work 8 hour shifts. LORAM circumvents this policy by allowing its employees to only work 8-12 hours per shift on track. This doesn't include maintenance, start-up/shutdown, of travel to and from machine. It becomes easy to create a 16+ hour day very quickly.
    Dirty hazardous work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management stresses safety first, however they only care about production. When this production on low sleep results in a mistake they are quick to blame the employee not their policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hamel, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hamel, MN

    I have been working at Loram

    Pros

    Family-friendly, great company to work for. You get what you give, for the most part. The majority of employees receive recognition for their contributions to the company. I would definitely recommend working for Loram MoW, Inc.

    Cons

    There are a few middle managers that take free rides on the backs of their hard-working employees, and take credit for work that they contributed nothing to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the dead weight in middle management and clean out the people that are profiting from the hard work of their dedicated subordinates.

    Recommends

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