Trac

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Trac Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
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    Growing Company - Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trac

    Pros

    The company has a great atmosphere. Everyone in the company is very friendly. TRAC has been growing tremendously, and is moving to a new office building in Princeton. The new building is over twice the size of the current location of TRAC and has great features (gym, cafeteria, technology, etc.). My favorite thing about working at TRAC is that you have the ability to make a difference. The company takes employee ideas/suggestions very seriously and you can tell everyday how your work impacts the business. The work environment can be challenging, busy, and stressful at times, but I would take that anyday over being bored at work. The benefits at TRAC are amazing, the company pays a significant portion of the medical, and has a great match on the 401k, time off is good too. I can honestly say I love coming to work everyday.

    Cons

    The current building, which is being remedied in a few months by moving to the new building. The current office is outdated and getting cramped with all of the new hires coming in. The company is still in growth mode and with that comes challenges. They are working on revamping technology to help accomodate the growth, it is just a work in progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Management really listens to employees thoughts on the annual employee survey and takes their feedback seriously. The new building will bring a whole new dimension to TRAC.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Starved for leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trac

    Pros

    Good Location. Excellent benefits. Many good people, unfortunately, not at the leadership level.

    Cons

    There are people in leadership positions that create obstacles to innovation and productivity, their toxic behavior affects the entire organization, but what’s even more unfortunate is that their bosses give these people enormous amount of power because “they know too much, we can’t replace them”.

    Upper managers are unaware of what’s going on in the trenches, they show favoritism, and because of that morale among hard-working people is extremely low, there are some happy people too, some take advantage of a “flexible” (or chaotic?) environment and come and go as they please.

    Old-school approach to just about everything, highly micromanaged place, too. Crummy building with horrible bathrooms and stained carpet, hard to believe it’s located in the renowned Princeton.

    If you care about your professional growth and want to work for a company with good values that takes care of its employees - look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage under-performers starting from the top, learn how to recognize talent and retain it. Send everyone to training - from top to bottom. Talk to people in the trenches. Read review on this site. Enough said.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    External Applicant Guide: An Overview

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trac full-time

    Pros

    There are talented people in the company. They are either misguided or hidden. Bigger, better companies will poach them sooner or later.

    Cons

    1-The majority of the negative reviews here do not apply to IT department contractors and employees.

    2-The current state of the company is unstable.

    3-The real blunt negative reviews before this are already accurate. No need to repeat them all. This disclaimer is in case the talking points below are TL;DR material.

    You will not grow here. The stats HR gives out to employees are misleading. They are proud of the promotions and lateral moves within the company and retaining employees, but are trying to hide the truth about the consistent turnover. Lateral moves happened because employees couldn’t find a way out. The recent batch of layoffs that just happened here was surprising (how’s that for growth). This is what happens when you have a company with too many unnecessary positions and titles and people that are just here to be here.

    For the promotions: this is an old trucking company with holdovers and with people here prior to the ownership change and these people are here to stay. You better hope you are part of the elite crowd and play your cards right if you want to move up. These moves also happened because Trac couldn’t find anybody else to replace the vacancy so they unwillingly promoted someone else. The company ineffectively uses recruiters as they seem to only work for IT related roles. The length of time some of these postings have been showing internally speaks volumes.

    You will be overworked, in fact, unnecessarily overworked. There is no work life balance. If you outside applicants do get an offer, ask them about hours and “flexibility”. Negotiate it and see how they react to that, depending on the department. Flexibility here means working on the weekends and many after hours. Billing close gets pretty bad. If you are using a recruiter, be careful and don’t just accept the job without getting a feel about the department and expectations. If you get a sizable compensation, unless you are going to IT department, reconsider and do not fall for it.

    Be prepared to deal with politics taken to a new level. Information isn’t “good” unless department ABC thinks it’s good and has had a chance to look over it. And then VP 1, 2, 3, 4 also need to see it when they do not need to. This is when allegiances and ties are clearly seen. Certain departments act like bullies because they have all the VPs backing them. If VP 1, 2, 3, 4 are not involved, get ready to see fingers pointed to another department and another person. This is not collaboration. This is trying to accept that fact that there is terrible data management and leadership within the company.

    At the end of the day you need to act like you don’t know what you’re doing, nod and let management steer you in the right direction. It is what they want. No matter how terrible one is at their job, as long as you have the right allegiances, you’ll get promoted.

    There are much bigger, profitable and more stable companies around the area that have better culture, work life balance, benefits and low turnover.

    If you have transportation, freight, trucking, maritime, rail, shipping line, LTL experience and/or you’re joining an IT related position, then feel free to come in. If not, reread this entire section again and look at the other negative reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on the company’s identity.

    Look at the companies around you and compare your benefits and work life balance against theirs.

    Seriously reconsider using temps and recruiting firms.

    Teach executives how to lead. Execs need training too, not just employees getting sent to mandatory classes. Did that leadership training really work for Trac?

    Teach executives to attend the meetings they requested their underlings to have on their behalf. There are many of us waiting on a call for 15 minutes without the executive who wanted it in the first place.

    Get rid of underperforming executives.

    No need for lengthy meetings that involve 10+ participants from multiple departments (that aren’t even in the same building). This is a waste of valuable time.

    No need for quarterly meetings discussing results with the entire company. Half of those employees sitting at these meetings do not understand these numbers. All they care about is if they will get their bonus or not. Just send out an email.

    Why are there so many managers and employees with unnecessary promotions? Stop putting these titles to people that seemingly deserve them. It won’t matter in the end because they cannot do their job properly, or aren’t allowed to do their job properly because of other departments creating information delay.

    Develop a career path for each employee. Support the employee. Don’t make them have to look at the company website to see internal postings wondering where they could fit in to. You’d be surprised how many employees look at internal jobs just so they could escape.

    What is being done to retain employees? It’s a hassle to constantly train new hires and ruins continuity in the department. Start with taking those employee surveys seriously!

    Your employees are unhappy. Please, wake up and pay attention. What is being done to recognize hard working employees…the ones who actually get work done, pick up the slack AND stay late, in that order? They need to be given positive feedback and rewarded.

    The company needs to improve its data management system fast.

    How effective is the salesforce? It might be time for an overhaul in that department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great job if your in right department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some reviews of company are negative. It might depend on the department. I worked in IT and department is huge for company this size. Hours are flexible and upper management is really laid back. For ex., working from home is OK, even for contractors. People are even allowed to work from vacation home (no loss of vacation time) and if you need to travel to India, you do not have to use vacation that you might not have, you can "work from home" while in India. Workload is light and no one is looking over your shoulder. You can come in at 10 and leave at 4 and some ppl take 2 hours lunch to go to local gym, no prob. Pay is good and benefits also good. Contractor friendly place,too.

    Cons

    If you are type that needs heavy workload or "challenging assignments", this is not the good place for you. You should be comfortable keeping yourself busy or motivated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constantly changing, fast pace, leader in the intermodal chassis equipment leasing market

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Lots of change means you have an opportunity to make an impact. During the past two years the company has changed a lot. TRAC doubled the number of employees, is moving to new building, launched new products and is still growing.

    Company conducted a employee satisfaction survey last year and has been making changes ever since, such as leadership training for mid- and senior level managers.

    There is room for personal growth. I read somewhere that 20% of employees had been promoted in 2014.

    Cons

    Every department seems to have a different mind-set. Company seems a little understaffed. You could literally never be caught up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to empower your employees more. Too many decisions are made at the CEO level, which sometimes causes a bottleneck. Positive feedback works well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Corrupt management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trac full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Location is nice - near Princeton. Parking is free.

    Cons

    I'd rather work for the mob. If you're in the inner circle, life is good. Give contracts to your friends. Promote your mistress. Create no-show jobs. Pretend to move the company out of state and bilk the state government for a tax rebate. People complain about being owned by a hedge fund, but FIG isn't driving this company into the ground, management is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide which fits you better: being seen by your employees as aloof, inept and incompetent or just corrupt?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Where Careers Come to Die...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trac full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hmmm...I am forced to say something positive, but I can't think of anything.

    Cons

    Everything you need to know about this company can be learned from the building itself - old, inefficient and downright toxic. Nothing matches, everything is a hack. I've never seen a company that rewards inefficiencies and avoids improvements. If you are the type of person that can run around like your hair is on fire and wail for 14 hours a day (no need to be productive, mind you), you will get a "President's Award". There are miserable people with 20, 30, even 40 years of experience with this company and they violently protect the status quo. Stay out of their way! Management is distant, aloof and generally inept. They hire people (FT and contractors) but lose track of them. They buy software and hardware and never install any of it. I would feel so sad if a friend or family member got hired here. So sad...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Furlough every single stuck-in-the-mud employee who's been there longer than 10 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Poorly run organization from the top down

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Trac full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a few people that have a clue, but other than that, there are no pros to working for this company

    Cons

    There is limited to no room for growth. There are two distinct factions within the company (Operations and Finance). If you fall outside of one of those factions or are not seen as a "favorite son", your career there won't be long here. There are too many data sources floating around this organization due to a severe lack of reporting systems or systems that fail to talk to one another. Team work and communication across the company is piss-poor. The culture is terrible, as most employees will flat our tell you that they are not happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Clean house in the finance and accounting areas. There are too many holdovers here that simply resist change. 2) The organization is too top heavy. There is no need to the number of VP, Directors, and Managers that are there. Cut out some of these layers to improve communication and stream-line the work. 3) Invest in your current assets vs. buying other Steam ship lines assets. The idea of having more assets than your competitors to drive up prices is a good idea, but when you assets you are buying are crap, you're just wasting money here. GPS all of your current assets to that at any point in time, you know where they are and who has them. If it work for airline and rental car industry it should work here. 4) Cut ties with Fortress Investments as they are failing to really help grow the business. 5) Revamp the sales force with young and hungry go-getters vs. a group simply waiting on retirement. 6) Develop an employee development program in the areas of finance, accounting, sales and operations a la GE. You have to start upgrading the talent and getting some fresh ideas through the door. There are talent pools in the current area (Rutgers, Penn, Villanova, NYU, Princeton) that you can get top talent from. There is no need to waist time and money dealing with recruiting firms. Start making connections at these institutions and create solid pipelines. 7) Stop using Performance Improvement Plans as a motivational tool. These are threats pure and simple. If you want your employees to perform better, train them and coach them up a bit, instead of threatening them. This simply makes them want to leave faster!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    This place sucks, DO NOT WORK HERE!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Trac full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours,that's it. There are NO other pros.

    Cons

    Misleading job responsibilities, department does not have their act together, they let the lower level employees be scapegoats for the upper managements short comings, every little mistake you make will be the equivalent of World War III, the work is tedious and mind-numbing, there is no sense of camaraderie, it's every man for themselves, this list could go on and on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Putting lipstick on a pig

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trac full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hanging out with the other inmates, benefits OK, makes you appreciate other companies you will eventually work for.

    Cons

    Where to start? Low pay, broken promises, work like a dog, President and other execs walk past you and don't even acknowledge you, no culture/no values (owned by PE-need I say more)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IPO this POS and take your money and get out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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