Loram Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. 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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Summer Help

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    Former Intern - Summer Help in Hamel, MN
    Former Intern - Summer Help in Hamel, MN

    I worked at Loram as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation, got lots of overtime. As a summer helper I got about $11 an hour. training in hamel is paid for and hotels are provided the whole time.

    Cons

    Physically demanding, traveling with machine all summer. Did not get to go home during the summer, but I wanted the hours to pay for school so it worked out for me. Averaged 12 hr days 7 days a week on a ballast cleaner, don't think they typically get that many hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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 (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
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  5. 2 people 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 (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
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Pretty good experience

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    Former Employee - General Laborer
    Former Employee - General Laborer

    I worked at Loram full-time (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
  7. 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 (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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Horrible Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Loram full-time (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!

  11. 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 (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

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