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Genesee & Wyoming President, CEO, and Director John C. Hellmann
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Pros
  • great benefits and safety records (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits and opportunities to move up if you will relocate (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Being it's a smaller railroad everyone knows your problems and sometimes people can get into little cliques (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Genesee & Wyoming (More than a year)

    Pros

    great health benefits for everyone

    Cons

    poor salary and bonus opportunity


  2. "Relatively positive"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Enterprise, AL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Enterprise, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genesee & Wyoming full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty Good work life balance, decent pay and hours, mediocre advancement opportunities unless willing to move anywhere on the country.

    Cons

    Some upper management personality issues and organizational issues. Also, technology is not a selling point for this company as it is fairly behind the curve in relation to other companies this size.


  3. "Great benefits not so great pay"

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    Current Intern - IT Support in Springfield, IL
    Current Intern - IT Support in Springfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genesee & Wyoming as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were very good. They also gave good milage for any employees that had to travel.

    Cons

    Company was not very stable at the time. There were a lot of lay offs towards the end.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest the hiring process to be a little more in depth. It seemed like there was a very high turnover rate.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "No loyalty to employees and bullying"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genesee & Wyoming full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401k, health insurance, safety

    Cons

    Although you have sick time, you are "encouraged not to use it". When you do your job shows up on the elimination list. There is no room for advancement, and management is allowed to intimidate employees and accuse them of whatever they want to without an oppotrinity for employee to stick up for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to the non management employees instead of managers. Some managers have a personal agenda towards other employees. When you work in HR and have nobody to go to when you have an issue with management it's frustrating. Start looking beneath the surface of who you believe and what their agenda is. I was accused of several things that weren't true for years because benefit manager had an issue with me. But I couldnt say anything about it. Anonymous phone number is a joke, it is not kept confidetial. People aren't what they pretend to be. Look deeper into Rochester HR dept!!! Talk to others non managers to get truth. You would be very surprised at what you find.Most do not trust HR dept. Jack, you would be surprised at what you would hear. Due to itimid a ton or fear of losing job, most people are afraid to talk.


  6. "Train Dispatcher"

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    Current Employee - Train Dispatcher in Saint Albans, VT
    Current Employee - Train Dispatcher in Saint Albans, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, easy, laid back, professional feel

    Cons

    Can be extremely stressful at times. Terrible shifts with extremely high seniority,old building, broken equipment.

    Advice to Management

    dont think about it


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genesee & Wyoming full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good rail network. stable environment. focus on safety

    Cons

    Long hours, not a lot of direction

    Advice to Management

    make sure to get out of the office and review operations


  8. Helpful (6)

    "150 years of tradition uninterrupted by progress."

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    Former Employee - Trainman/Switchman in Roseburg, OR
    Former Employee - Trainman/Switchman in Roseburg, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genesee & Wyoming full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management does what it says it is going to do. Training is above average. The company supplies you with the tools necessary for the job and has a generous co-pay for work required boots.

    Cons

    It is a short line that tries to act like a class 1. You have all of the negatives, long hours, antagonistic management, harsh working conditions ie: rain, snow, 100 degree plus days and freezing nights. All of that for less than half the pay of a class 1 railroad. They work you up to the Federal limit and then try to get more out of you. If you are working a job with weekends off, and you go on vacation, they will call you back the next Saturday to cover someone else's job and take away the weekend at the end of your vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Mandatory 60 hours/week plus commute is too much. Being stuck on graveyard for the foreseeable future sucks the joy out of life. There needs to be better balance between hours on the job and time off.


  9. "Grasp changes or work morale will continue to decrease"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Nowhere, OK
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Nowhere, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genesee & Wyoming full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits, benefits, and benefits

    Cons

    Need more process improvement, too many people are being paid less to do more, a need for a project team to handle projects, there is no room to grow unless you been there for more than 7 years.

    Advice to Management

    Sr Management need to work more with employees and learn day to day issues, realize that employees are afraid to voice their concern because they feel they are not being heard, not valued enough, or will be fired, and develop an incentive program for employees to show them they are needed


  10. Helpful (5)

    "High pay, high stress, low quality of life"

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    Current Employee - Train Dispatcher in Saint Albans, VT
    Current Employee - Train Dispatcher in Saint Albans, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genesee & Wyoming full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the best jobs with no experince or degree required. Federal rules guarentee you will never work more than 9 hours a day. Excellent pay and benefits. Outstanding railroad retirment

    Cons

    24/7/365 job. Antiquated HR polices. Little to no input on day to day operations. No local HR rep. Due to federal regulations and the seriousness of the job, there is a high attritation rate. Can be extremely stressful

    Advice to Management

    ARDC needs office oversight. There are no written office policies or procedures which make it difficult to maintain a standard of service.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative"

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

    Pros

    Stable company, free lunch, nice new office

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on you office morale


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