Norfolk Southern Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Norfolk Southern Chairman, CEO, and Director Wick Moorman IV
Wick Moorman IV
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Pros
  • pay and benefits, if you brown nose management will leave you alone (in 8 reviews)

  • The company has a great benefits package and pretty good salary (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is horrendous (in 8 reviews)

  • They expect you to bleed railroad 24/7 (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Marketing Intern

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    Former Employee - Market Manager in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Norfolk Southern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Norfolk southern pays pretty well for a Corporate internship. If you go full time, you don't have to worry about losing your job if your in corporate . Because they have never laid off and it is kinda of hard to get fired.

    Cons

    Advancement will be slow in this company if you join. You pretty much know exactly were you will be in 20 years, no matter really what you do. If you like a stable high paying job with great benefits this is for you. But if you are a risk-reward kind of person, not so much.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some CapEX on your computer systems because they are so outdated.


  2. Ok job

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    Current Employee - Conductor
    Current Employee - Conductor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I only work about once a week. And still make a good bit of money

    Cons

    Hours, management...etc working in all weather conditions

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with ground experience


  3. Management Trainee to

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    Former Employee - Assistant Track Supervisor/Track Inspector
    Former Employee - Assistant Track Supervisor/Track Inspector
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding job/career. You see a lot of machines, tools and equipment that are very unique and not many people have the chance to see.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance was a huge negative for me.

    Advice to Management

    Realize in order to keep employees, they have to be happy.. Happy employees not only do their job better but they make everyone's job better. Don't force people to move if they're happy where they are or want a job somewhere else.


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  5. Current Employee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Working in Midtown is great.

    Cons

    Everyone is a 60 year old man here


  6. Management Trainee/ transportation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow in the company if you network.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a concern of most. You will miss birthdays, holidays etc if you are on the transportation side


  7. Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Trainee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Trainee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is from an Atlanta IT standpoint. Norfolk Southern is a great company. I encountered a lot of nice, hard working people. It's pretty chill, nothing moves to quickly. 1 day telecommute after a year. This was my first IT job, and it was a great opportunity to learn during my down time and pick the brains of some senior people. If you're looking for a stable, safe company, with great retirement, NS is a good fit.

    Cons

    Entry level starting salary is great, but salary increases and promotions come slowly. I don't believe this is an NS specific con - it's pretty common in large corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    I had great management.


  8. I really want to love it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you can stick it out for the long haul, you receive a pension and RR retirement. Historically, they have never laid off mgt employees. Fascinating, complex industry. The leadership is making efforts to change the culture. Wick Moorman is truly charming and genuine CEO.

    Cons

    Old school culture in spite of efforts to change the culture. Although it has gotten better, you may be moved to a new job and/or work location with no input - at least within some departments. Many jobs require frequent travel or nontraditional work hours.


  9. Above Average

    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Roanoke, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong, stable company, professional atmosphere

    Cons

    Closing Roanoke office, relocating to Atlanta, GA


  10. Tough area

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    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good retention, Good Benefits, Excellent outdoor work

    Cons

    Pay raises not keeping up with agreement employees. Processes outdated with new technology.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people.


  11. Web

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great and the benefits are comparable to other companies of this size. If you enjoy traveling, you definitely get the opportunity to do so. The culture and values are phenomenal within NS.

    Cons

    The salary is not really on point with other corporations of this size. I feel the human resources department needs to up their game in the future or face a potential outflux of millennials, who tend to be less tolerant of salary problems and will likely move on to bigger and better things. There is a large sense of the haves and have-nots within this organization and huge disconnect between upper management salaries vs. middle and lower management..



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