Norfolk Southern Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Engineering Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Windsor At Peachtree, GA
    Current Intern - Intern in Windsor At Peachtree, GA

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, option to move many places

    Cons

    Not an 8-5 job, on-call alot

    Advice to Management

    Better people management

  2. Overall good experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Intern in Knoxville, TN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Training is well-done as well.

    Cons

    A lot of overtime work and traveling. Hard to balance personal life and work.

  3. Intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer Co-Op in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer Co-Op in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Work Schedule allows for travel

    Cons

    Boring work, Only thing you will learn is train symbols and terms

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Conductor, RCO, Locomotive Engineer, Yardmaster

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

    I worked at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great money for the amount of education.

    Cons

    Horrible working conditions. Hostile work environment. No organizational skills in daily operations. Waste of resources. Promotes toxic employees to remove them from departments. Business model preaches safety but safety is only a concern when someone gets hurt or breaks a rule. Bosses head hunt to reach bonus. Unpredictable management expectations. Resembles a Nazi Regime. Back stabbing is a must to survive. Unsafe work environment. Double standards. Family is 2nd work is 1st, no matter the emergency. Accelerated programs are designed to push people thru even if they're not technically qualified. Equipement is sub par or has mechanical band-Aid to get it to the next destination.

    Advice to Management

    Upper-management should reconsider their business culture and/or model and current managerial staff and make the proper cuts or changes needed. Treat people with respect. Practice what you preach. The cut throat model isn't working. That's why you have the ratings, the horrendous work attitude, and your turn over rate is so high. NS could be so much more than what it is. I love the job but dislike the supervisors I work next to not for. Oh and have a promotion structure. Promote from within and quit hiring college kids who have 0 experience and expect them to solve railroad problems. You're basically employing glorified clerks that cause problems for your operation.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Maintenance of Way Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Norfolk Southern as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    NS is a very secure company that has been a leader in the industry for years. The internship program pays pretty well, can range from any location on the east coast, and requires a lot of travel, but you get to see amazing production. I particularly was in the Bridge & Building department of MoW so I dealt with a lot of structural work, bridge inspection, and tie replacement.

    They essentially want to train you to become a manager of a given territory.

    Cons

    As far as being an intern, there wasn't much direction when it came to a daily agenda. My boss in particular was so occupied with his current projects, that he barely had time to really enlighten me on what exactly the job demanded. The intern program is also fairly new for this company, so they don't have all the bugs worked out just yet.

    There aren't set hours for this job, you'll start work at 6am until.....

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Information Technology Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Information Technology Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Norfolk Southern as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great work environment, great location

    Cons

    none this company was great

  8. Software Engineer Intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Norfolk Southern as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment, with interesting work. There was a variety of types of work to do, it wasn't just focused on one language, etc. so there was a lot to learn as an intern. The team I was on was very good.

    Cons

    Not many cons here as someone still in school looking for good experience. Sometimes you weren't sure how your work was affecting the overall flow, but it was still interesting.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Conductor

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Conductor
    Former Employee - Conductor

    I worked at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay Is Great , Coworks are Great

    Cons

    Management Sucks you have to listen to a KID fresh out of collage tell a guy that's been doing this for 35 years how to do their job

    Advice to Management

    More input from the crews they are out there everyday and know the ins and outs

  10. Great Company to work for!

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

    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

    Nice salary, great benefits, and good people. Good experiences with different yards, trainmasters, yardmasters, and crews. Very fortunate to work here. Plenty of career growth at this company. Fast paced and challenging enviornemnt.

    Cons

    No cons with this company that I know of.

    Advice to Management

    NS has very skilled managers who are trained very well to make good decisions. Started with a one year management trainee program that help get me up to speed to learn the ins and outs of the railroad.

  11. Not enough work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Sourcing Intern in Roanoke, VA
    Current Intern - Sourcing Intern in Roanoke, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern as an intern (Less than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good amount of positive reinforcement, would be a great job if you needed to spend the summer studying for an LSAT, long lunches with free workout classes

    Cons

    people don't like it-was told to get out while I can multiple times, very rarely had enough work to do so I was bored out of my mind for a majority of my time here,

    Advice to Management

    don't take on an intern if there isnt enough work to do. invest in the idea of flex hours

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