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Wabtec Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
20 Reviews
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20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Strong Organizational Culture Established by Corporate Office, Progressive Multi-Divisional Units

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duncan, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duncan, SC

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent executive leadership, solid values and success driven organizational identity, strengths reside in unmatched industry knowledge and in vigorous, perpetual pursuit of sustained, superior operational excellence. Colleagues are professional and pleasant.

    Cons

    Staff-level managers and functional leaders are held accountable for results without accountability for how they manage or develop subordinate employees;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work/life balance should be reinforced and grievances regarding a lack of balance should be protected from retribution; performance improvement plan (PIP) should include an actual structure to guide improvement, be administered by independent committee rather than used as a tool of retribution for termination (by a single-manager and single HR manager), full transparency should be afforded to employee throughout the entire process, and managers should refrain from using PIP's as forum to build a case against an employee. Formal training should be established and recorded within all functional groups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Today is not as good as yesterday, constant change and it is not to improve how employees are treated.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duncan, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duncan, SC

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are on average. Many people that have been there for a while stay.

    Cons

    New personal revolving door and changes are starting to drive away those that have been here a while. Not as flat an organization as it once was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open with all levels of employees, respect all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Product. Great Company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots to learn since Locomotives are a complex electro-mechanical system with computer control. The people are great to work with, and have much experience to share.

    Cons

    Recent downsizing, but steady future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training, training, training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Solid Company, Great People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Duncan, SC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Duncan, SC

    I worked at Wabtec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company and employees do their diligence to make the best possible products. They hire employ experts and management keeps employee goals & objectives aligned well with the management, division, and company.

    Cons

    Challenging to meet needs of final end user as well as direct paying customer when they don't agree. Requires patience and tact.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Motive Power Boise, Wabtec--I do not recommend. Poorly managed from the bidding process to the shipping process.

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Boise, ID

    I worked at Wabtec full-time

    Pros

    Pay was good. People very hard working and dedicated

    Cons

    No training program, below level pay for workers doing the hard work. Limited work instructions and direction. A very poor culture of playing the blame game, from the top manager to the bottom guy. There is no team work. There is no integrity. Safety culture is terrible. No follow through on projects, events or performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company to Start With

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I started my career here and it has been a great learning experience.

    Cons

    Company reputation is no the best, stemming from slow project progress and poor response times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Large corporation with great upward growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Manager
    Former Employee - Plant Manager

    I worked at Wabtec full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very diverse. Management has action plans for upward mobility for those that put in the work. Awesome benefits

    Cons

    There are times when Lean theories contribute to a lack of training and compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the bottom line is money but be aware of the hazards of leaning too thin.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wanting more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, TN

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay for the area. Decent insurance. Steady work. 401k match. 3 weeks vacation after 5 years. Top out quickly

    Cons

    Management has little to no respect for employees. Hard to implement positive changes to make the job easier. Hard nose tactics. Management walks around looking for employees talking or other infractions while they ignore the difficulties they face that could be easily remedied. Little to no communication. Most decisions are left to the employee while team leaders are scared to make decisions letting the accountability lie on the employee. Overtime is mandatory and often not necessary. Work load may reflect a need for it but the availability of materials to do the job isn't always there. The decision to work overtime it left to supervisors that receive overtime compensation, which is a conflict of interest. Which explains why overtime is so abundant. It also appears that there is a time lag from work that is completed to new work is available, almost as though it is being dragged out to waste time. Supervisors follow the hand book at their discretion and tend to use favoritism in making decisions. Notification of over time is often last minute but some supervisors expect notification of vacation to well exceed what is written in the handbook, again, at their discretion. Three weeks of vacation is offered at 5 years service but you only get your birthday off at 10 years. There isn't much incentive at that milestone. There is very little recognition for creative thinkers that are eager to make improvements. If fact, good characteristics in employees, such as, eagerness to improve their surroundings, looking for defects in a proactive manner, addressing problems and assisting other employees in preventing or fixing problems, etc. are often ignored and not recognized at all. Almost all employees I have talked to have a negative outlook and are not satisfied with they way they are spoken to and treated in general. Updates to the hand book and/or plant rules always involve in taking something away from the employee instead of protecting or improving the working experience. Management seems to review other plants and make sure they are offering the bare minimum and nothing more. I was told on one occasion that "the only thing we owe you is a pay check". That is not how you get an employee to give you their 100%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the "good ole' boy" management and implement one that earns respect from the employees by fair treatment and positive reinforcement. Be more pro active in making changes to the work environment to make work easier and eliminate non-value added time. Involve the employees that work in a cell or operate the equipment to have a deciding voice in the lay out of an improvement or change. Give all supervisors that control work flow salary pay and do not pay over-time benefits, in an effort to reduce wasteful and unnecessary overtime compensation. review the "point system" now in effect to forgive sick time related points quicker than an entire year to encourage employees to not come to work sick and make others sick. Implement a tardiness forgiveness for employees that may be running late so they can be encouraged to be safe and take their time when coming to work late. Give more notice for mandatory overtime and offer last minute overtime on a voluntary basis. Train management on the affects of positive reinforcement and how to get the most out of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I had a good experience in becoming a more qualified machinist.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wabtec

    Pros

    Benefits, supervision knew a great deal about machining and the product features, care about employees

    Cons

    Lower pay, little room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay

  11.  

    easy once you get used to it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wabtec as a contractor

    Pros

    hard working people even though they are not appreciated

    Cons

    management doesnt take care of mechanics, welders, electricians, etc. no teamwork within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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