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Updated March 28, 2017
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Pros
  • There are some very good people there ( Of all Races) (in 8 reviews)

  • There are a lot of great people working there (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Everything in company is controlled by upper management (similar to many other companies) but here things are lot different (in 11 reviews)

  • Lack of vision and integrity in the senior management team (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Lifes Golds"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inspector in Mc Cook, IL
    Former Employee - Inspector in Mc Cook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best Place to work and Learn a skill on Diesel Locomotives and Turbochargers

    Cons

    Supervisors not so informative about their own Roll and don't Respect Workers HR.department only for the Company

    Advice to Management

    Shaire More information with the people who do the work


  2. "Panel Assembler & Engine Line & Warehouse Worker Trials."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Lagrange, GA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Lagrange, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electro-Motive full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some very good people there ( Of all Races).
    Including some in Management.
    The Jobs are not very difficult to perform ( For the most part).
    There was always plenty of Work.

    Cons

    Management and Union do not accept their Responsibilities' seriously.
    Begging for assistance ( Technical or against Harassment) usually is ignored.
    Complaints of Personal attacks made by Fellow Workers, are often seen as minor.
    This often would result in an Employee quitting, or Termination due to late arrivals.
    The latter, was my case ( Termination ). I really hated arriving at E.M.D.
    Management / H.R , Will usually respond when an issue is totally out of control.
    And they will not offer an apology to anyone involved.
    I deserve an Apology and Employment.
    By the way: Those that Harassed are still Employed.

    Advice to Management

    Take your Responsibilities Seriously.
    If not, Seek a different Position within the Company.
    Value all Employees, not just those that have Tenure.
    Know your Employees; and not just view them as replaceable Items.
    Admit to your failures, and be willing to apologize when necessary.
    Stop loosing Excellent Employees; Due to your lack of Professionalism.


  3. "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Manufacturing Engineer in Lagrange Hlds, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Manufacturing Engineer in Lagrange Hlds, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the manufacturing processes and contributing to build a locomotive is simply awesome! Would have loved to see EMD 30 years ago.

    Cons

    Hardest environment I've ever work in. Many bad practices and childish behavior on both sides. Seems like generally mentalities were to "get you, before you get me". Salaries and spending totally out of control. Union very hard-headed and always expecting more. Lose-lose situation. Not about building a good product or the customer.

    Advice to Management

    EMD management out of touch with manufacturing today.


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  5. "EMD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Lagrange Hlds, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Lagrange Hlds, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its just a paycheck not much good things to say about this company or how it is ran by the supervisors

    Cons

    If you are lazy, or come in with a hangover, you will get assigned work on the cushy jobs, that's right, they seem to promote bad Behavior, if you work hard then they whip you harder, in the code of conduct book from Caterpillar, it says all employees are treated equal, well not with this management, it is clear as day that you know who the favorites are, what needs to happen is the big Corporation suits need to come in and talk without any supervisors ,to the employees , there used to be a supervisor review sheet, that was filled out by the employees, and it's pretty obvious the supervisors didnt like the honest feedback, so those review sheets are no longer handed to them , there are good workers in this department, but bad management has turned them disgruntled, and you don't need a college degree to know that a disgruntled employee develops bad work habits, and a very poor attitude as far as helping the company grow, I can go on and on with the issues in this small Department, but I have said enough.


  6. "CNC OPERATOR ROBOTS OPERATOR CMM OPERATOR"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "today it is called progress rail!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inspector in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inspector in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electro-Motive full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    when they keep enough work on schedule, this can be a busy place to work!

    Cons

    nobody in management, will tell the truth to the common working person. also has a union staff,that does not support the people!

    Advice to Management

    go back to the policies that g.m. used to run the place, many years ago! also get a h.r. staff, that is in place to help all!


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Bad company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Lagrange Hlds, IL
    Former Employee - Contractor in Lagrange Hlds, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honestly, there were no pros here

    Cons

    I was told prior to starting that I would be doing something completely opposite of what I was actually doing. The manager and team lead of my department were uninvolved with my training and progress.

    This place is extremely old school. No room for growth. The company culture isn't the great.

    Millenials stay away!! Worst employment decision I ever made.

    Advice to Management

    Be involved with your employees growth and experience. Communicate!!!!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Countryside, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Countryside, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance
    Diverse work scope
    Great people
    Somewhat flexible

    Cons

    Upper Management ignores completely what's going on at the bottom, doesn't want to hear bad news

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and get real


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not like it use to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    "review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Lagrange Hlds, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Lagrange Hlds, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work! Multi discipline work environment where you can work on many engineering aspects.

    Cons

    The compensation in not one of this company strengths.

    Advice to Management

    Bonus hard worker drop favorties!


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