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Amsted Rail Reviews

Updated December 30, 2016
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  1. "Purchasing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Amsted Rail (More than a year)

    Pros

    EOP Company. Employees gain shares as they gain years of employment. This gives added revenue to their retirement fund. 5 year employment in order to be vested.

    Cons

    Alabama plant idled. Due to market conditions. Hopes to re-open when market gets back on track. Area needs this plant. Employees about 225 people when running full.


  2. "Electrician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Amsted Rail full-time

    Pros

    Pays well and has a reasonable retirement

    Cons

    Mediocre benefits in regards to health, not a people company

    Advice to Management

    People are assets when I comes to a production facility, the iron fist mentally will yield just what it did for the former Soviet Union.


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    "electrical engineer"

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    Former Employee - Electrical and Controls Engineer in Mechanicsville, VA
    Former Employee - Electrical and Controls Engineer in Mechanicsville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Amsted Rail (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    interesting work, a good learning environment

    Cons

    poor management, very dirty facility, poor maintenance

    Advice to Management

    replace yourself


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  5. "Labor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Amsted Rail full-time

    Pros

    opportunities to move up in the company

    Cons

    Nobody works together, workers act like kids


  6. "Mixed Bag- Mostly Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Granite City, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Granite City, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Amsted Rail (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you land the right position (with the right management) Amsted Rail will take good care of you. Salaried employees tend to be taken care of better than hourly.
    Human Resources departments around the company are strides to mend wounds from past "us vs. them" battles between hourly workers and salaried management that plagued manufacturing companies in the past century.
    The salaried section of the company seems to be stable, with camaraderie, friendship and partnership between colleagues.

    Cons

    They tend to hire and promote young, charming, good-looking white men. If you don't fit this mold but are still qualified for the position, you may get the job, but you probably won't progress as quickly as your young male colleague.
    There's also a lot of politics in the salaried world of Amsted Rail. You may be lucky and have a boss who refuses to fire you because it would hurt his pride to admit he made a bad hire; but you may also end up on the bad side of someone in upper management because they don't like the way you approached a controversial issue.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your people on the ground floor- stop pushing around and/or firing the "little guys" because they are easily replaceable. Remember where you came from.


  7. "Interesting Projects"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in West Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in West Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Amsted Rail full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Current Projects are very forward looking. Younger team members can get a lot of project responsibility. Tries to be very up-to-date with M2M and IoT technologies.

    Cons

    Schedules are often unrealistic. it seems like projects are never really compleated before the next big thing is the hot topic

    Advice to Management

    Maintain focus on the projects that are developing. While it's important to be forward looking, reflect on the need to get projects completed and deployed successfully before making promises for future systems.


  8. "Welder"

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    Current Employee - Welder in Granite City, IL
    Current Employee - Welder in Granite City, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Amsted Rail full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, nice to work when rolling in full production, opportunity to make a lot of money

    Cons

    Layoff about every 2 1/2 years, poorly ran union, can't use any vacation when when you would like to until you have 10 years

    Advice to Management

    Management isn't too bad, mixture of company and union is not what it should be


  9. "if you must work but try to find somewhere else"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Bessemer, AL
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Bessemer, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Amsted Rail full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    hourly pay is decent but that about it

    Cons

    not a very good place to work management cares nothing about employees all they care about is making a railroad wheel


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Petersburg, VA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Petersburg, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at Amsted Rail full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to pursue improvements. You have the ability to increase your responsibilities if you show initiative. The company benefits can't be beat, period! Good family owned business atmosphere with also being a part of a large company.

    Cons

    Middle management is overly inflated and creates unnecessary political struggles between or among departments. This creates a "watch your back" mentality if you are not in the "good graces" of certain managers or if your goals don't align perfectly with theirs.

    Advice to Management

    Rein in some of the middle management powers and work harder to develop employees. Morale problems run rampant otherwise.


  11. "good experience"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Granite City, IL
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Granite City, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Amsted Rail (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get experience in open text and SAP, which is incredibly valuable. Freedom to solve problems in your own way, as long as you get things done. AP is handled in a central location, not at the plant, but good communication with teammates at the plants makes things much easier to take care of problems that come up.

    Cons

    You MUST be able to handle being under pressure. If you cannot create and manage a schedule and take very good notes you will make your job unnecessarily difficult. In order to catch up or get ahead, you will have to dedicate extra effort and time.

    Advice to Management

    Do whatever you can to keep good relationships up with the buyers at the plants, if the processors can't communicate with them the department suffers. Open up the work space so that people feel more comfortable getting help and advise.



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