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Watco Companies Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
24 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst job experience. Council bluffs, ia.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Welder in Council Bluffs, IA
    Former Employee - Welder in Council Bluffs, IA

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are about it and the ability to gain some other experience.

    Cons

    Pay, benefits, management, all they care about is working you like a dog to finish the job and then when there's no work they have no problem kicking you to the curb.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop riding your workers about being over hours and maybe you could actually get work done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Terrible Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Pittsburg, KS
    Current Employee - Revenue Accountant in Pittsburg, KS

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, and benefits are good. CEO, COO, and President are all good people to work for.

    Cons

    Management is only out for the best interest of themselves. They all operate on a buddy-puppet system. Working for them you always have to look over your shoulder, because you never know when they will completely throw you under the bus. If something goes wrong and you had your name on it a little bit, you better know they are not taking any of the blame. Respect is a foreign word, and fair to them is where prize pigs are. You are belittled on a regular basis, talked down to, and made to feel stupid. In the case you are very good at your job, that don't like you knowing more than they do. Our entire department at one point had to have an intervention if you will because of the constant disrespect. Nothing came of it, but when an entire department feels the exact same way, you know there is an issue. Turnover is high for that reason, although a lot of different excuses are made, the main reason is management. Managements behavior is that we are below them. They will not allow themselves to be wrong, or take any blame for their shortcomings as managers, its our fault. You would think in a leadership position, you would have some leadership skills. You are given a ton or work daily, and if you ask a question you are made to feel stupid, and are given half of the answer you need, and do not look for anyone to ever say thank you, or I appreciate the hard work you put in. I would also say there is a "conflict of interest" between management and HR, not sure how that works out. The concept of the company is we are all "team members" all though this obviously is not practiced by management.

    If you want to be treated with respect, fairly, and appreciated this probably isn't for you. If you don't have the right circle, or the right last name moving up is not likely either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that you are just bosses in a position of leadership, you are not a ruler. We spend a lot of time at work we would like for it to be a healthy environment, instead dreading coming to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    communication

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

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

    Pros

    a lot of work to do

    Cons

    communication between team members is terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on this

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Awful management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Revenue Account in Pittsburg, KS
    Former Employee - Revenue Account in Pittsburg, KS

    I worked at Watco Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work when we had it was productive and fun

    Cons

    management sucked
    pay sucked
    drama
    they talk about treating their people well but they don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Growing company

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

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

    Pros

    If you do what you are supposed to be doing. You ain't got nothing to worry about

    Cons

    Railroading is a job that comes with a lot of freedom. A lot of freedom leads to complacency. Not necessarily a con to the company but the industry in general. Complacency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lots of Growing Pains for Little Payoff for the Workers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Pittsburg, KS
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Pittsburg, KS

    I have been working at Watco Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of really great people that work at this company. My experience with management is positive, people seem to be willing to help where they can.

    Cons

    Employees are generally kept in the dark about any negative changes that are happening to the company. Execs paint a pretty picture of the growth and talk a big game about being family oriented. Starting vacation is one week (!) and there are no such thing as sick days or personal days. Moving forward into any sort of significant managerial position depends greatly on who you know or what your last name is. After working here for a few years, you come to find that several people in higher managerial positions are all related somehow to the folks in the Exec offices, no matter what their professional skill set may be. Recently, there were layoffs throughout the company that were only discussed in a round-about way by the CEO after three weeks of people being laid off, and the reason given for layoffs was to increase the bottom line while all managers have purchase cards and cars and upper management is always flying the private jet to wherever. Communication of the goals and direction of the company is a joke. There are quarterly Town Hall Meetings, but communication is not open. There is no comfortable way to communicate with upper management that employees are disgruntled. Pay at the corporate office as well as operations/field jobs are extremely low compared to the industry. Many operations people start here to gain skills and move on to real pay at Class 1 Railroads, etc, and I can't say I blame them. The max raise given without an increase in title change is 3% per year of current salary/compensation. There is a lot of turnover in the field due to the higher payoff at larger railroads. The company is growing at a faster rate than ever, but the infrastructure is not in place to keep up with the growth. Equipment and tools in the field are all very old and close to if not over end of life. More and more work is put on people without the resources to keep up, and that will never be the fault of upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the reviews of the company and look at them seriously. There are a lot of the same "Cons" on this page, ie, high turnover, low compensation, poor communication, and growing corporate greed. Focus on sustainable growth and make sure that the people that are out on the ground making you the money are well taken care of and feel confident in the company. At this point, I think several employees have lost trust in upper management and the future of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    working at watco

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

    I have been working at Watco Companies

    Pros

    4 days on/ 4 days off

    Cons

    dirty work, long hours 12/hr shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    shift diff would be nice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Foreman in Galena Park, TX
    Current Employee - Foreman in Galena Park, TX

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

    Pros

    -great co-workers to work with.

    Cons

    -very under valued and paid.
    -management has no problem with working you 12 hours straight with no lunch at times.
    -management will lie against you, short you hours on your check that you actually worked.
    -very unsafe work environment that management turns a blind eye to even though, the concerns are brought to their attention time and time again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast-paced work with some extremely talented people

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

    I worked at Watco Companies full-time

    Pros

    Culture is rapid-fire, extremely focused on serving customers. Management is mostly friendly, definitely very results-oriented. Low cost of living around most corporate facilities (Twin Falls and Pittsburg, Stilwell and Houston--not as much).

    Because of the fast pace, this is a great place to build up new skillsets if you can spare the extra time for the learning curve.

    Also, the people there are extremely hardworking, generally family-oriented.

    Cons

    Your last name and who you know will matter for hiring/promotions. Pay is sometimes lower than similar positions at other companies (though there are more opportunities to have a real impact here for someone with the right skill-set.)

    Decent perks/time off after a couple of years. Starting vacation (1 week!) is a little ridiculous. Everyone in management has a car, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a path and stick to it. Execs have a ton of passion but sometimes lack followthrough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    not a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Foreman in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Foreman in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    benefits are ok but not great

    Cons

    everything else is pretty much bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care more about your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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