Norfolk Southern Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Locomotive Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Conway, PA
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Conway, PA

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern

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

    Pros

    Good pay for little education.

    Cons

    No set work schedule hours.

    Advice to Management

    Stop operating by intimidation, learn the employee's job to better understand what we are doing. Help new hires rather than punish them.


  2. Data warehouse architect

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern

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

    Pros

    The company pays on time. There is some work hours flexibility but no remote work. No overtime work is required.

    Cons

    No remote work. Currently very unstable for contractors. The company is moving to work only with offshore vendors for IT

    Advice to Management

    Managers do not have technical background and usually take decisions that jeopardize the projects. Company should have an enterprise data governance.


  3. Intern review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern

    Pros

    Adequate pay, and good relationships with co-workers.

    Cons

    Heavy hours, even on weekends


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Work-Life balance nonexistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant TRAINMASTER
    Former Employee - Assistant TRAINMASTER

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is good, and the work is fulfilling sometimes - a tough operational puzzle always feels good when you crack it. Putting a plan in place and seeing it's execution through a tough challenge was exciting. Making snap decisions, and always doing something were a plus.

    Cons

    Work/life balance basically doesn't exist. You might be on call 12-24 hours/day on top of your regular shift, or you might be working 5 12s shiftwise through the week. This is very location dependent. Internal politics are very, very strong. UNIONS.

    Advice to Management

    De-silo the company, ensure a work/life balance particularly for the operations supervisors, do not demand things that are logistically impossible (how can we run trains on time with a badly depleted locomotive fleet?), plan staffing decisions on both the union and non-union sides better, and allow the operations department supervisors - particularly transportation - to focus on moving freight instead of being rule-check dummies.


  6. Locomotive Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Norfolk Southern

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

    Pros

    Good pay, Excellent training, People are interesting

    Cons

    Have to fight for your money, Hours are terrible,


  7. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Audit Intern in Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Internal Audit Intern in Hampton, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Southern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great company to work for and great company to learn from.

    Cons

    Shut down one of the offices which only leaves two ATL and Norfolk


  8. Helpful (2)

    Decent company, but CORRUPT Human Resources Department

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, competitive retirement plan, and challenging work. The company as a whole, aside from Human Resources, is not too bad.

    Cons

    The Human Resources Department is highly unethical, to the point it is truly appalling. Recruiters are required to review candidates first and foremost based on sex and race as the Board has placed extreme focus on hiring females and minorities, so much so that highly qualified white males are often overlooked solely for being white males. The HR Department is run by fear, intimidation, shady practices, and "making examples of people". There is next-to-no work/life balance, and the expectation for recruiters is weekly travel out of town, often 6 days per week with no additional compensation.
    Stay far far away from this HR Department if your values, morals, and ethics are of any importance to you.

    Advice to Management

    Do a thorough and in-depth investigation of the HR Department - there are some truly shady and unethical practices at work, and some of the most awful people in leadership roles.


  9. Conductor

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

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern

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

    Pros

    Great pay benefits are good for while family. Good over time. Room for advancement. Great training.

    Cons

    Schedule is rough. Work holidays. You don't get much time off. You are getting paid to be available.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Perfect company to learn

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

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern

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

    Pros

    new technologies, brainy people, lots of areas to learn and people are very helpful. On the job training

    Cons

    average age of employees would be 35 as most of them are doctorates which is great for a learning enviroment

    Advice to Management

    Better employee engagement, frequent team meetings and outings, lesser conservative approach in the interviewing process


  11. locomotive engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in West Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in West Greenville, SC

    I worked at Norfolk Southern (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    everyday different-----different personnel each day---security-pay-desired job

    Cons

    down time---driver/pedestrian accidents---away from home too often

    Advice to Management

    work together as a team.



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