Wabtec Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Job Security is the Greatest Strength

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at Wabtec

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very successful and profitable company means that there is a lot of work to do, layoffs are rare, and the work is rarely boring. For stockholders, this company is exemplary. The rail transportation industry is fun to be a part of. However this is fundamentally a "blue collar" industry. Engineers who like working with heavy machinery will relish the opportunity to get their hands dirty and play with locomotives and pneumatic systems, while engineers looking for a more pristine "white-collar" office or laboratory environment might be disappointed. 401k benefit (3% match plus additional 3% end-of-year bonus) is excellent. The working environment is generally casual. During the summer, a 9/80 workweek is available. For engineers, working hours are flexible. Most supervisors are knowledgeable and supportive. However there are a few bullies, and if you have the misfortune of being a direct-report of one of these, your perspective will naturally not be a positive one. Wabec is a mixed bag. In my particular situation, overall the positives outweigh the negatives.

    Cons

    Salaries are initially competitive, but annual raises tend to be on the low side, which may unintentionally encourage the most experienced engineers, seeking to maximize their income, to look elsewhere. Despite extended periods of record long term sales and profitability, the company has never offered any performance-based bonus opportunities to any employee below Director-level. Yet, during economic downturns, the company may choose to further reduce or even eliminate annual salary increases. Human Resources is not particularly outgoing, imaginative, or progressive as HR organizations in other contemporary companies. HR does not generally appear to work on behalf of the employees, as is generally expected. The elimination of a full time receptionist is another example of a "penny wise, pound foolish" decision. It results in a very uninviting and unprofessional first impression to all visitors, customers, vendors, and prospective employees. Very successful and profitable company means that the workload can be high, although each employee's experience will vary. Some may be able to manage an 8-to-5 routine, while others (in the SW group, for example) may regularly be called upon to work evenings and weekends with (as mentioned above) no bonus opportunities for a job well done. The company is more focused on satisfying stockholders than employees, and it is very successful at doing that. Use-it-or-lose-it leave accumulation policy is stingy, unfair, and inconsiderate of employees--basically cheating employees out of earned leave instead of offering a more fair and creative alternative such as vacation-buyback. The office area was designed for a much smaller work force. Year's of success have resulted in many new jobs. But the company has chosen not to expand the office space and instead has filled open areas with additional cubicles. The result is an undesirable cramped and congested working space.

    Advice to Management

    Be more creative at developing and rewarding good employees. Be as focused at satisfying employees as you are satisfying stockholders.


  2. maintenance technician/supervisor

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Wabtec (More than a year)

    Pros

    great job it just is not going to last much longer

    Cons

    the manufacturing side is closing up


  3. Helpful (2)

    Mixed Bag

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work on a diverse product mix decent compensation

    Cons

    very blue collar atmosphere with professional staff

    Advice to Management

    More flexible work schedules


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good Atmosphere Without Career Advancement

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

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

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

    Pros

    With a small company atmosphere, coworkers are friendly and generally willing to assist others as needed. The level of daily stress is moderate compared to most larger companies.

    Cons

    The turnover rate has increased over the years, but the rate of hiring replacements has decreased. The amount of work is usually greater than the number of staff to support it. There is a lack of structured training and career advancement is very limited unless you are among the few that are favored by management. Overall the various projects are poorly managed and yearly performance reviews and raises are consistently overdue by months.

    Advice to Management

    Recognition of achievements and investment in the employees would increase morale and employee retention. Encourage personal growth and career advancement for all employees regardless of personal preference.


  6. Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wabtec

    Pros

    Learned a lot of useful skills for future jobs; was a good stepping-stone.

    Cons

    Sometimes didn't have enough responsibilities and it got a bit boring


  7. Helpful (1)

    Employee

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

    I worked at Wabtec full-time

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you work in upper management or hr. You have many pros. Workers. There are no pros.

    Cons

    The click of upper management and hr. Is no good. Hr think they run the company. Just a very poor company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    You need to clean up management and hr. And treat workers better. Better pay.


  8. Helpful (1)

    The Good Old Boys Club

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brenham, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brenham, TX

    I have been working at Wabtec

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work if you come in and lay low. Keep our mouth shut and go home.

    Cons

    The culture is terrible and goes from the TOP down.


  9. Extremely unprofessional place to work!

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

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The only things I have good to say about this place is the pay is good, there are a few nice people there and you have a lot of freedom.

    Cons

    The work place is very dirty and unhealthy, some of the people there make it a hostile workplace, poor/lack of management, there are no established procedures to follow, parking is not close or safe, and they have zero accommodations toward ADA standards.

    Advice to Management

    Shut down this facility or open a more professional appearing place for parts of your business and leave the factory area there. Either way, all management needs to be replaced and standard operating procedures put in writing and followed.


  10. Procurement agent

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

    I have been working at Wabtec

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

    Pros

    Benefits are on par and annual raises are normal. Large company with room for growth.

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch with lower personnel. They're after the all mighty dollar and tend not to care about their employees futures. Also don't like to pay their bills at end of quarters so it makes it awkward with vendors.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to listen to lower employees. When building a house you start with a foundation not a roof.


  11. Upper Managements needs to wake up

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

    I have been working at Wabtec

    Pros

    Salary, can use vacation when you want ,good workmanship,

    Cons

    Quality, lack of communication by upper management, training



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