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- Senior Management
Employees rate Chicago 6.1% lower than the overall average
The pay is good. For the most part the work is steady if you are in a high volume rail hub like I was. The benefits are some of the best in any industry. The retirement plan is solid. Co-workers were generally easy to work with. I loved my job and wish now that I had never left.
Feast or famine. If you are on an extra board that is saturated you will work very little. If there is not enough manpower to cover the board, you will live at the yard(s) your board covers. You are at the mercy of management for your job status, but if your union rep is worth anything you can sometimes get around that. Mandatory promotion to locomotive engineer and if you fail any part of the training twice you no longer have a job.
Advice to Management
Stop trying to make names for yourselves and seeing how many people you all can fire.
I applied online. I interviewed at Norfolk Southern (Chicago, IL).
The process was terrible they thought they already interviewed me and the job I was there to be interviewed for I never heard if I got it or not I sent in a help desk ticket to hr and all they said was we will get back to you if we’re interested in an interview so I wasted 8 hours of my life to not even get an email back