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Electro-Motive La Grange Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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  • Upper Management ignores completely what's going on at the bottom, doesn't want to hear bad news (in 10 reviews)

  • The senior management team is a bunch of has beens and never was (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Plenty of opportunity, excessive responsibility"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in La Grange, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electro-Motive full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to learn and to develop one's career. Company has many versatile manufacturing operations. Allows employees to take initiative.

    Cons

    No defined roles and responsibilities. A free for all when completing projects and receives little direction from management. No support group or team to complete larger projects assigned by management.


  2. "EMD....complete joke"

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    Former Contractor - Project Engineer in La Grange, IL
    Former Contractor - Project Engineer in La Grange, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electro-Motive as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nothing pro about this company

    Cons

    Besides being part of organization for 5 plus years ... I did not find anything in favor due to bad management and type of work they do...they will pull out of projects anytime. Also management don't respect their employees and have mentality to hire and fire employees very frequently.

  3. "CNC OPERATOR ROBOTS OPERATOR CMM OPERATOR"

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    Current Employee - CNC Operator Robotic Operator CMM Operator in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - CNC Operator Robotic Operator CMM Operator in La Grange, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electro-Motive full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Really bad management and the company dont care about the employer not human and dont follow contract union rules.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not like it use to be"

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    Former Employee - Alternators in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Alternators in La Grange, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learning skilled jobs with no schooling. Being able to do your job without any hassle from management

    Cons

    Cut off between employees and management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Electro-Motive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Electro-Motive (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Vertical integrated company with a wide array of jobs. It is a highly technical business with long product life cycles

    Cons

    The management is very top down. Employees are not involved in the decision making. Secretive Management, low morale, uninspiring.

    Advice to Management

    Share more information and involve the people


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Get experience and move on"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electro-Motive full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    EMD has great insurance coverage and the product is very interesting to work with.

    Cons

    Very high turnover rates. Frequent layoffs. The same people are constantly promoted (and then eventually either get fired or move to a different company). It's very difficult to be promoted from within. Upper Management (director level and up) doesn't really understand or know the product and do not provide proper support, advice, or feedback. There isn't enough training or growth potential.

    Advice to Management

    The guys in upper management are very unpleasant to deal with and it was always the same people being promoted. It would be good to promote from within so that upper management is actually qualified to do their jobs.


  7. "Pricing Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in La Grange, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electro-Motive full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have been given plenty of autonomy to take on various projects outside of my daily operational duties to show my managers what I am capable of, all the while learning and gaining transferable skills along the way.

    Cons

    There is a very high learning curve associated with the rail industry. The lingo, the parts and components, and the various facets of business ranging from engineering to accounting, must all work together on a day to day basis.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support newly on-boarded employees as they transition into their rolls. Show them the resources they can turn to if they are having trouble with certain tasks.

  8. "Good people"

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    Former Intern - Intern in La Grange, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in La Grange, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electro-Motive as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Manager was very accessible and gave good help. Co-workers also the same way. Worked on different projects.

    Cons

    Tough when moving under CAT. Different job titles are all separated (engineers in one room, designers in the other room).


  9. Helpful (1)

    "OK place to work if you are looking short term"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grange, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electro-Motive full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The only benefit of working at EMD is the health insurance. Coverage is above average and employee costs are below average. Work life balance is generally OK but depends on the manager.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity for advancement, management prefers to fill leadership positions from the outside so once you get hired, you are stuck in that position. Pay scales are below average. Management has taken away holidays and vacation time over the last three years. Top management's focus is on supporting EMD's parent company to the detriment of EMD.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication with employees to share corporate strategy. Treat EMD's employees better. Pay attention to the results of the annual employee survey to identify and implement improvements.


  10. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Manager in La Grange, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in La Grange, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electro-Motive full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    In a duopoly with very successful customers who depend on your product. Getting lots of support from parent company - Caterpillar

    Cons

    Market dynamics always changing; governmental regulation adversely impacting business

    Advice to Management

    Don't look for simple answers; invest in the future


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