Great health insurance benefits and you will rarely pay out of pocket or prescription cost. Retirement is great!
Healthcare premiums are on par for Fortune 500 HDHP. Company provides "credit" towards HSA, which is nice. Vacation policy has been improved, with 3 weeks starting off, 4 weeks after a few years, and then 5 weeks after 10 years of service. Also have the option to buy an additional week, if your manager approves. NSR still offers a pension, which is great and rare nowadays. Best part is Railroad Retirement. If you retire with any railroad after 30 years of service, it is not uncommon to "make" comparable - or more - in retirement per year than your last years of service. The only catch is that you pay more per year to RR than you would to social security, so your take home per year is slightly less.
Best- you get railroad retirement...unless administration takes it away. Worst- watching your insurance paycheck deductions double every year because your "union" is bargaining for you ..
Railroad retirement is the best.
Limited vacation time and not being able to take off when you want as a junior employee is the biggest negative. Because of how they enforce seniority and the amount of time these senior employees have off, Junior employees have a terrible work life balance. That 4th of July party you wanted to go to or that birthday party you wanted to attend isn't going to happen. A senior employee will submit the days he/she wants off and you will be working multiple positions during that time. This applies to weekends as well. The railroad operates 24/7 and there is no such thing as a quiet section of rail. Either you are a densely populated section of the rail or your territory spans 100s of miles track. You need to be prepared to sacrifice for years to attain seniority and longer vacation time.
They continue to become more expensive and continue to provide less. There is not a good option for any situation.
Great benefit package, railroad retirement for both you and your spouse, great discount program, and medical insurance
you start with 3 weeks of paid vacation where you can roll five days to the next year or buy an additional 5 days. When you reach five years of employment, you receive 5 weeks of paid vacation. You no longer pay in to Social Security, you pay in the Rail Retirement (more expensive but a better payout). You also get a matched 401K and the rail pension. You can retire at 108% of your income at retirement! The health, dental, vision, HSA, and prescription benefits are so/so.
The health benefits are the same as anywhere else. They no longer give health benefits when you retire. The vacation benefits progress fairly quickly but you better go some place without cell service because you will be taking work with you.
There are no benefits you are hired by Manpower to work for Pacific Rail Services. You are not hired by Norfolk Southern Railroad.
List based on reports from current and former employees. It may not be complete.