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Norfolk Southern Benefits

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  • Pension Plan(19 comments)

    “Railroad retirement is out standing as long as they don't sell it to the federal government and put everyone on social security”

  • Health Insurance(19 comments)

    “Really good insurance. The cost was very low and the coverage was very good. This is probably one of the better parts about the company.”

  • 401K Plan(13 comments)

    “They match and use a great management company with low funding fees.”

  • Aug 10, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Oss in Atlanta, Georgia

    Great health insurance benefits and you will rarely pay out of pocket or prescription cost. Retirement is great!

  • Jul 30, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Atlanta, Georgia

    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.

  • Jul 25, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Conductor in Saint Louis, Missouri

    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 ..

  • Jul 11, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Market Manager in Roanoke, Virginia

    Railroad retirement is the best.

  • Jul 07, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Engineer Associate in Elkhart, Indiana

    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.

  • Jun 02, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former ATS in Bluefield, West Virginia

    They continue to become more expensive and continue to provide less. There is not a good option for any situation.

  • May 31, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Birmingham, Alabama

    Great benefit package, railroad retirement for both you and your spouse, great discount program, and medical insurance

  • May 31, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Staff Auditor in Norfolk, Virginia

    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.

  • May 27, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Assistant Track Supervisor in Burns Harbor, Indiana

    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.

  • May 27, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Greencastle, Pennsylvania

    There are no benefits you are hired by Manpower to work for Pacific Rail Services. You are not hired by Norfolk Southern Railroad.

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