Norfolk Southern Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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Norfolk Southern Chairman, CEO, and Director Wick Moorman IV
Wick Moorman IV
84 Ratings

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. Helpful (1)

    Great rewards for above average performers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management - Transportation in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Middle Management - Transportation in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability, compensation, career growth and advancement, interesting, challenging and changing tasks. NS offers it's managers the opportunity to step out from behind the curtain of anonimity and shine. Those leaders who perform well while demonstrating respect, integrity, teamwork and are open to innovative ideas will quickly move to the front of the pack. NS offers opportunities at all levels regardless of ecucation. Short of attaining the executive level (where Wall Street expects a pedigree), those with nothing more than a high school education wil find no "glass ceiling".

    Cons

    There are not a lot of downsides, though NS attracts self starters who are willing to go the extra mile to acomplish a goal or meet a challenge. Those not making the grade will find many faults with NS, though they would with almost any employer short of McDonalds.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on improved communication and invest in technology.


  2. conductor or engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Elkhart, IN

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

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

    Pros

    great pay,benefits,good co-workers,keeps u busy

    Cons

    hrs u work,some management but they have a job to do ,keep u safe and alive

    Advice to Management

    none good job


  3. Helpful (1)

    It has been fantastic!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Carman in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Carman in Buffalo, NY

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

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

    Pros

    - The pay is as good as you will find - I work with great people - The benefits are too numerous to list - Job stability - Management will work with you

    Cons

    - It is a 24/7, 365 days a year operation - Shift work with odd rest days - Working outside during the winter months - Not much else...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


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  5. Learnt a lot about RF & Microwave Communications and SIgnals

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    A company with a very steady progressing future.

    Cons

    Has limited number of Electrical Engineers.

    Advice to Management

    The tapping of talent is awesome, please keep up the good work.


  6. It's pretty good.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern

    Pros

    If you are interested in transportation systems, NS will be your choice.

    Cons

    I still have not found any cons at this point.


  7. Norfolk Southern is a Super Family and a great work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Leading edge technologies, open to new suggestions to make processes flow better, no micromanagement.

    Cons

    I've only got a one year contract

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the fantastic work!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Very progressive company with strong fundamentals.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, solid support, unlimited ability to progress your career if you work hard.

    Cons

    Main operation confined to the eastern US.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on track.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Challenging but fun

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Signal Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Signal Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN

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

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

    Pros

    Every day is a different challenge

    Cons

    Some of management is out of touch with the field


  10. Great place to work!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Signal Maintainer in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Signal Maintainer in Decatur, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Great money making and move up opportunity

    Cons

    hard to say anything bad about company


  11. Great company to work for.. Lots of opportunities to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    NS is a growing company and has great opportunities for growth inside and outside your group. Also technical and non technical growth is encouraged. People are very helpful.

    Cons

    Pay is definitely on the lower side. Transparency is lacking across departments especially when it comes to sharing data and insights.

    Advice to Management

    Need better integration and synergy across groups.



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