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"Great place to work, hard to get promoted"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Management Trainee in Kansas City, MO
Current Employee - Management Trainee in Kansas City, MO
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Pros

The pay is wonderful, hours are great, location is great. For the most part it is a stable job with great pay and excellent benefits. If you can make it through the tough hours and demanding jobs, then you will be happy at the railroad. Senior management really looks at the "whole picture" and does what is best for the company.

Cons

It is hard to be promoted once you are an employee of the company. If you have children or a family it is hard to work at the railroad because there is a lot of overtime and it is shift work. SOmetimes you can be forced to work up to 16 hours a day which can make home life complicated.

Advice to Management

Look at the employees that already work for the company and the skills and assets they bring with them.

Other Employee Reviews for Norfolk Southern

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great rewards for above average performers"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management - Transportation in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Middle Management - Transportation in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability, compensation, career growth and advancement, interesting, challenging and changing tasks. NS offers it's managers the opportunity to step out from behind the curtain of anonimity and shine. Those leaders who perform well while demonstrating respect, integrity, teamwork and are open to innovative ideas will quickly move to the front of the pack. NS offers opportunities at all levels regardless of ecucation. Short of attaining the executive level (where Wall Street expects a pedigree), those with nothing more than a high school education wil find no "glass ceiling".

    Cons

    There are not a lot of downsides, though NS attracts self starters who are willing to go the extra mile to acomplish a goal or meet a challenge. Those not making the grade will find many faults with NS, though they would with almost any employer short of McDonalds.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on improved communication and invest in technology.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good job security, average pay."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Norfolk Southern provides good job security and good benefits. Retirement benefits are very good and include company paid pension, along with railroad retirement. There is also a 401K plan in which the company contributes up to 3% of your salary.

    Cons

    My job location is stable, but many employees are subject to be moved fairly often. One person I know was moved 11 times in 22 years, and not all of them were voluntary. Norfolk Southern says that it's salaries rank at the 75th percentile when compared to similar jobs at other companies. There is no evidence of this in my department. Our salaries rank at around the 50th percentile.

    Advice to Management

    Get that stock price up.

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