R.J. Corman Railroad Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
20 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Employment Status

Reset
1.8
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Richard J. Corman
9 Ratings

20 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Groundman /CDL-A Driver

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Groundman/CDL-A Driver in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Groundman/CDL-A Driver in Nashville, TN

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great steady work with plenty of overtime and pay. You will earn every dollar, but they pay for your hotel, food and snacks and have good benefits. Leadership was very solid as well.

    Cons

    On call schedule, you work on call 24/7 with only one weekend off every 3 months plus some vacation. It can be hard to adjust to a one hour call in all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more rotation for crews to be off call or work shop only per month. Give more personal days, vacation and or helping with home time.


  2. Not a good place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Most of the regular staff in nice, free lunch, free gym. IT staff is excellent, however, the best two left to go elsewhere.

    Cons

    Living in fear of your job being terminated at any time. They want you to work out of fear of being fired rather than being promoted or recognized. Most managers and Presidents of each company have a good knowledge except for Signaling. Not much going on there. Also have seen President of Signaling cuss at people and talk down to them as if he is better when he didn't finish high school.


  3. Do not work for this company!!!

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Blue Springs, MS
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Blue Springs, MS

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad

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

    Pros

    A paycheck until something better comes along.

    Cons

    They let everyone know that they are replaceable. As your pay increases they start finding ways to get rid of you. They lie about accidents and threaten employees that are hurt on the job with termination in order to maintain their incident/accident free safety record. They pay injured workers hush money when they are injured on the job. They threaten you in order for you to violate safety regulations and when you are hurt from those violations they fire you for violating them. They are racist and management sexually harasses the female workers.

    Advice to Management

    Retain good counsel for the upcoming class action law suit.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Enjoyable place to work.

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

    I have been working at R.J. Corman Railroad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Family environment. Enjoyable coworkers. Great employer to work for.

    Cons

    Can't say anything on this subject


  6. Helpful (1)

    The worse place I've ever worked. Started in 07 still here 3.22.15 finally got enough experience to move on.

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

    I have been working at R.J. Corman Railroad

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

    Pros

    410k match that's it. Nothing else.

    Cons

    Everything started 10.00 hr been here 8 years don't even make 16 a hr... Don't Work here. Don't apply here. They don't care about anyone but themselves, and lining their pockets. Impossible to move up. Mexicans everywhere unsafe no speak English. Lots of cut throats.

    Advice to Management

    Management is a joke.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Bardstown, KY
    Former Employee - Manager in Bardstown, KY

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad 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

    The only Pros for this company is the free lunch. Maybe getting a free ride on the Dinner Train in Bardstown.

    Cons

    This company has absolutely no regard for employees. The safety record is more important than preventing accidents! The management teams are verbally abusive and everything you is watched. Most employees are afraid to have an opinion for fear of job loss.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to take a hard look inward and take out the trash. especially in 30.


  8. Helpful (2)

    The only reason to take a job at R.J. Corman is to pile money in their 100% matching 401k plan.

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

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    401k plan is matched 100% dollar for dollar. No other pros...NONE!

    Cons

    The company is run with an iron fist. Upper management are mostly rejects from real railroads. Class 1 railroads won't hire these people anymore because they are failures, so they come to RJC . Every person at the Manager level is scared to death of upper management and will follow through with any directive given without asking a single question even if the directive is against RJC policy, FRA regulations, or the law. RJC is a construction company first...and they are hacks at best. The actual shortline divisions are basically " toy train sets" for the upper management to play with. They put zero money into the infrastructure unless its being matched by government. They seem to take care of the divisions and employees that are close to corporate headquarters in Kentucky. All the buildings are new and shiny with pieces of equipment all painted up nice and pretty and strategically placed so everyone can admire it. It is clear that image is the most important thing at RJC. Everything is painted bright shiny red and the company name is plastered all over anything they own. Most of the equipment outside of the state of Kentucky is all junk, unsafe, worn out and falling apart, but it has the prettiest red paint you have ever seen.

    When Craig King was appointed CEO we were excited and hoping that this former railroader would come in, take a look around and start making changes......umm nope. As a matter of fact in the time that Craig has been with RJC he never visited our location once. I think a certain level of management is keeping him away because this place is in shambles. The entrance roads into the yard and office is full of pot holes and slowly tearing and beating our vehicles apart. All the buildings are run down and falling apart. None of them are painted red and there is ZERO signage in place. I think if Mr King would see this place he would be very confused as to why it looks like it does. When workers from Kentucky come into town to assist us they can't believe how run down and old everything is.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the salary and wages. A lot of the downfalls of RJC can be overlooked by employees if the wages were higher. It's hard to look past being treated like a slave and constantly threatened to be fired if even the smallest rule is broken. It's bad enough that overtime is paid as straight wages and not time & a half. Give your employees at least 1 reason to stay on board.

    Also give the Division Manager a huge raise in Clearfield. Mr. Johnson is the best leader I have ever followed, a true railroader, a diamond in the rough at Pennsylvania Lines.


  9. Helpful (4)

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

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    The worst job that anyone could ever pray to leave.

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

    I worked at R.J. Corman Railroad

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (4)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



Showing 20 of 20 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.