Nortrak Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
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  1. Pays the Bills, but that's it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortrak

    Pros

    paid holidays, annual pay raises, overtime available for most shifts, this company has a good health benefits program in place for its employees

    Cons

    not much available for climbing the career ladder, many have been doing the same job for 10 plus years, a no fault absence policy can give a hard time to sick employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. not for everyone,not diverse enough Mexicans and whites 95% but if your the right person it could be a benefit.

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Machinist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Maintenance Machinist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Nortrak full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Starting pay for machinist is decent to good($18.00-$21.00hr). but you have to know how to bite your tongue . there is ALOT of hate there

    Cons

    Eazy to lose your job 11 point system.one weekend can end it for you. good stepping stone just something to add to the resume. Loud mouth weak HYPOCRITE employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your machinist understand that they don't own the machines no matter how long they've worked there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. As the other reviewer said, it pays the bills...

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    Current Employee - Designer in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Designer in Cheyenne, WY

    I have been working at Nortrak full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Low stress work environment compared to my previous job. Big on safety. Gift Cards are cool for safety record. Health benefits are good.

    Cons

    They are always watching you to make sure you are working. Big management wastes a lot of money on travel. Average raises per year are 1.2 percent. No where to move up or advance your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging your employees and treat your professional staff like they are professionals. (eg eliminate the clock in/out requirements for salaried employees) Upgrade to current CAD software. Restructure so one can achieve progressive levels of expertise in their position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. peatwho work hard

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY

    I have been working at Nortrak full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    there are some good people on the production floor and they have good health insurance

    Cons

    Cost control and "lean mfg." leads to lack of tools and supplies, playing musical chairs with things like air hoses and electric cords, not being able to get a broken grinder replaced, etc. Lately management has been on a power trip making a statement by revoking previously approved vacation time, whereby employees are expected to eat the cost of purchased airfare so the union is taking them to court/arbitration, they will not approve vacation butting up against a holiday, and I have seen vacation time denied for filling in missing hours to make up for the fact that an employee working a 10 or 12 hour regular shift does not get 10 or 12 hours pay for holidays, so when you agree to work long shifts to help the efficiency of the plant you are rewarded with a short paycheck whenever there is a holiday. point system for tardiness or missing work/leaving early means you have to plan very carefully if you need to see doctor, go to DMV, register child for school, pick child up if school closes early for weather,etc. and people have been hurt on the job and been removed in ambulances and been assessed points. Recently some employees were told on wed. that they had to work sat. of a three day holiday weekend weekend, if you refuse you lose holiday pay at the very least. The worst part is the extra day was to help finished product numbers out the door, but finished product numbers were hampered by lack of parts, not worker production so overtime would have been a waste. By saturday somebody woke up and saw the big picture and cancelled the sat. overtime, meanwhile people are changing their holiday plans daily at the last minute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Confidential survey reviewed by off site personnel would go a long way toward alleviating plant level management issues. Also, rewarding cost cutting can be a dangerous thing, because if I cut feed and care costs 25% for the "horse " I look like a hero on paper but if you check the horses condition you may see you are damaging your situation by being penny wise and pound foolish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. No development, no career opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago Heights, IL

    I worked at Nortrak full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    As the company is currently run, it is hard to find a positive comment. Although some of the people working there are very nice and talented, everything gets down to the toilet due to the way the business is handled.

    Cons

    Bad management, completely unorganized, lack of understanding of the business, lack of respect to their employees, not a team environment, no career and development opportunities, no promotions, lack of tools and work areas to perform your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to start following up on the market demand and realize what your business plan is. You cannot sell what you do not manufacture!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Sometime the light at the end of the tunnell is an oncoming Train.

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    Current Employee - Production Employee in Roswell, NM
    Current Employee - Production Employee in Roswell, NM

    I have been working at Nortrak

    Pros

    It used to be a very well run company, Godd heatlh insurance, other good benfits, seniot mgmtm communicated with all employees about business

    Cons

    In th epast 2 years since senior managers retired, the new mgmt and senior executives make bad decesions and never inform others what they are trying to do. They have the wrong leadership running the overall operations, they think it can be run off a spreadsheet and don't know what it takes to actually make railroad trackwork. Common sense does not enter into most decesions they make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you cut too many employees, it is hard to produce any product, try to be around when the economy rebounds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. get a clue and get the plants and find out what we make.

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    Current Employee - Plant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Plant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Nortrak

    Pros

    great european company with excellent benefits

    Cons

    senior mgmt doesn't have a cluie what is going on in the company, just worried about making the budget and can't understand when it is not achieved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get off your ass and get to the plant s and fire some of the plant managers who can't get the job done, fire the senior vp of ops, he has no clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great Entry into the railway industry

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    Current Employee - Designer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Designer in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortrak full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Good job security
    * Great entry into the railway industry

    Cons

    * Design office in Richmond shut down the factory
    * Salary is not spectacularly great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Inspector
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Inspector

    I worked at Nortrak

    Pros

    Good benefits package, diversity in where you can work, decent pay for the area you work and overall, management treats employess well with Employee Appreciation, Christmas parties, Holidays off, overtime pay, etc.

    Cons

    You don't get much notification when it comes to overtime and the need to work it. Which I think is probably at most companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The need for better work place conditions, ie cleanliness, 5S and such, is in need of improvement at my facility.

    No opinion of CEO

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