R.J. Corman Railroad

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R.J. Corman Railroad Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
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  1.  

    Solid experience for those looking to start a career in the railroad industry.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Nicholasville, KY
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Nicholasville, KY

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company is very well diversified for a railroad contractor with five separate companies which offer different services in the railroad industry. As a management trainee, you may easily transfer between these companies and departments and get a feel for the type of work you truly enjoy. In the corporate office, you may gain experience in pretty much any of the basic facets of business management such as: accounting, finance, and administration. There isn't much of marketing department as this company provides services at the industrial level rather than consumer.

    Cons

    You will notice shortly after your first day that the walls have eyes and ears, which provides for a rather hostile environment. Security is tight in Company headquarters; your every move is noted. This company uses a culture of fear (more than reward) to motivate employees. Salaries are also low considering the amount of work you're expected to perform, and there is a high level of turnover. The Company has a reputation for chewing up and spitting out its employees, so my advice to young college grads applying for the management trainee role: do it ONLY if you want to start a career in the railroad or other contracting industries, and take advantage of your time there to rotate as often as possible. Working for an actual Class 1 railroad doesn't provide the same opportunities to bounce around different departments and participate in such a vast spectrum of projects, but they surely pay better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more incentive for management trainees to stay. In my time there I didn't meet one other trainee who saw himself/herself staying much longer past the end of the program.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work Environment Cancer Worse Than What Mr. Corman Passed Away From !!!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time

    Pros

    The company provided free lunch to it's Nicholasville, KY employees along with free use of the exercise facilities. It is an attractive campus & the IT personnel seemed to be able to provide up to date equipment & software.

    Cons

    I take the title from another person's quote, "The work environment at this company is a bigger cancer that what Mr. Corman faced & ultimately passed away from"! This is the ultimate "Payton Place". Romantic affairs popped up more than on any TV show you've ever seen (existing corporate officer with an existing manager, etc.). You are not treated as a human being with a life outside of work. Their unspoken motto is "What you done for me lately"? Your life is not your own & you are expected to work 24/7/265 whether you are salaried or hourly. The vacation allotment is poor along with the sick leave policy (no sick leave allotment). The travel allotment was also very meager. It is a hostile environment & a place where most everyone is treated as if they did not matter. The salary I received was what I would say was a "fair market value" at the time, but no amount of money is worth the price of employment here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really don't have an answer here that would provide a better solution other than to get rid of the entire Board Of Directors because they are at fault for allowing this to place of business to exist in this form, along with all of the existing Corporate Officers. There is just nothing good I can say about the business practices here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst job that anyone could ever pray to leave.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad

    Pros

    Hot lunch - At the small cost of your eternal soul

    Cons

    Nepotism
    Corruption
    Blatant disregard for state and federal (DOT) laws and regulations
    Micromanagement
    Employee surveillance

    Management is constantly failing upwards, and those that innovate are either fired, or resign to find greener pastures elsewhere.

    When you accept a position with this company, it is made perfectly clear that you are theirs, lock, stock and barrel, 24x7x365. You will have no family time, no life, no prospects, other than to feed the fat leadership of the company, at their convenience. You are just a body, be it in the office, or in the field.

    Serve yourself and your family by driving a little farther into Lexington, where any job would be better than working in the seventh circle of Hades that is RJ Corman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shacking up with your subordinates does not win you any friends. Start observing and complying with the law, or prepare for the sanctions you will be hit with when the violations are discovered. Clean house in People Services.

    Resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    The person wanting to set the record straight with positives is obviously in HR! RUN AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free lunch. You will trade off this positive and a free gym to working late hours, being harassed and treated unfairly. 401k match is nice but most jobs do that and you wait forever to be vested.

    Cons

    Everything besides a free lunch and free gym. Most miserable place I have worked. I will not forget how the people treat others and talk behind your back. Especially those in management. They act like high schoolers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr. Corman was a nice and helpful man, sad to hear of his passing. Unfortunately, his management team sucks big time!! They think they are so great and don't care about anyone. Hopefully the company is ran even better after his passing. It would be a shame to tarnish the legacy of a good man with the continuation of a bad company, one that becomes even worse than when he was alive...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I agree - "Let's really set the record straight"!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative in Nicholasville, KY
    Former Employee - Administrative in Nicholasville, KY

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As you've read in the other reviews they do have free lunchs - and good ones at that.

    Cons

    RJ Corman was the worse work environment I've ever worked in! ! The cult of personality mentality is nauseating. Much of MGMT including executive level - untrustworthy, incompetent and unethical. With the exception of the review "Let's set the record straight", the reviews presented are accurate and pretty much tell the day to day.

    Oh, and the 401k?! Doesn't vest until 7 years - 70%(plus) of employees don't make it past their 5th year. Do the math. If you have other options - steer clear!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Lets really set the record straight!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Clearfield, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Clearfield, PA

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you really care about a free lunch,then this place is for you!
    A great 401k plan....if you can put any money into it...if you have any left after bill and expences.
    Some good people,the manager i worked for was 100% railroad and knew his stuff.

    Cons

    Well lets get comfy shall we?
    Lies about starting wage,was promised 21$ and got 18....
    benefits are lousy,ill bet Corman has his own.He sure as heck dont use the one he avails to employees
    24/7on call operation..for 18?..no thanks,ill go to a class one for that!
    As for a fitness manager...i go to my own gym,folks down i nicholasville need to look outside at their heros other operations.
    Radio system and most dispatchers are terrible.....know the territory your working!
    Dont mention the U word.....you will be fired!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As stated before..."grow some balls"...just because you pay someone 12$hr in keen-tuk-ee and they can live on it dont mean someone in pennsylvania or ohio can.Pay some money and you will get people to stay!I..for one dont want your free lunches or plane ride to daytona beach or a "fitness manager".All i want is a decent wage with good benefits.If their was an outfit that needed a union its you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Let's set the record straight!

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

    I have been working at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A really good lunch provided for free.

    They care about the health and wellness of their employee's and provide a state of the art gym and various physical fitness classes with instructors!

    Have exciting growth opportunities.

    100% 401K Matching..who does that anymore?

    Great people who are dedicated to their company and have various backgrounds and skills sets which make them valuable in their current role as well as roles they are given.

    Small in size which provides opportunites to excel quickly with the right attitude. They do a personality test because they want to hire the right canidate the first time.

    Strong support in the local community and other communities.

    Hardwork and dedication doesn't go unnoticed it does get rewarded!

    They truely do live the vision of putting customers and employees first. If they didn't their expectations wouldn't be so high. Anyone who owned their own business should have the same expectations. But sadly most companies don't which is why some much business goes to other countries now days.

    Anyone you talk to who knows about R.J. Corman has nothing but positive things to say about the company and the respect for what Mr. Corman brings to the state of Kentucky.

    The company has a family feel but if very different than anywhere else you will ever work.

    Beautiful and clean campus and walking trail ...Where you can ride bikes during lunch.

     You never get board with your work because you never know what you might be called to do which offers experience in other areas of the business.

    Cons

    Company benefits could be more competitive to better attract and retain new talent especially with the growth potential the company has.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Supervisor threats there employees

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time

    Pros

    I like the job i have

    Cons

    Having to put up with a supervisor who abuses his authority !!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look how some supervisors treat there employees when upper management is not around. SUCKS!!!

  10.  

    RUNAWAY FAST!!!

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

    I have been working at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time

    Pros

    On site gym and food, both free. Interesting to learn about a new industry that most are not familiar with unless they've worked within. Good people in the company do exist, and they are not management.

    Cons

    Regardless of the job you are hired to do, you will end up doing anything else they need, including grunt work. They have no regard for your intelligence and ability, they just want you to do what they need. Your title means nothing, it's just a necessity for a business card. You will not be told that you will do other things for your position in the interview. They will sell the position as what it says and you will think what a great place to work. NO, it's not! RUN AWAY, take another job elsewhere. There are very few employees that like working there, they just stay because they are unable to find something else or are afraid. The fear that employees here have of Management is laughable. The HR Director shouldn't even be in her role, she is hateful, condescending, spiteful and rude. Mr. Corman is a nice man, but everyone stops like a deer in headlights when he's around. The workplace is not laid back, it's tense, especially when it comes to management. Trust me, work somewhere else! Also, you will be expected to work long hours and have no personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more friendly. Stop trying to run by management with fear. This just makes employees hate you and loathe you and your company. You get a lot more bees with honey...

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Sucks

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    No pros that i can speak of

    Cons

    I work for this company and they dont pay what they say and u r on call 24/7 365. At least drs get paid well to be away from their families. This is the worst decision i have ever made and i am looking for another job. The management here is horrible and there is so much backstabbing its crazy. As soon as i can im out of here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some balls

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