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Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. "If you like politics and belittlement..."

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - IT Support in Lake Oswego, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Greenbrier (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only Positive thing about working at Greenbrier is that the office space was nice.

    Cons

    Aside from the nice corporate office environment, Greenbrier is a confused and hostile work environment. Employees are encouraged NOT to help each other, and the level of petty politics that sustains the environment is insane -- people would rather set you up to fail and point it out in public than take the time to show you how to do something properly. The Management staff is nearly a joke: afraid of new technology, and don't know how to effectively manage. The tools given are sub-standard, and people rise to positions through favors and brown-nosing as opposed to good solid work. More credit is given to people who show up drunk or stoned (if they show up at all) than to a hard working contractor... one person was constantly falling asleep in the bathroom. The people who are supposed to be directing the company are nothing more than a group of self-serving jackals with one foot in the grave, spending profits on self-aggrandizing things. I am sure that if any investigation was done, some severe fines or prison time would be in order.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that you are ineffective and resign. Let people who can/will care about the company and employees run the place. Clean out all of the dead weight there.


  2. "Low Employee Morale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Sulphur Springs, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Sulphur Springs, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training opportunities were of value to the employees to improve their job skills. Employee perks were available - shop discounts, free lunch, holiday parties, etc. Beautiful environment to work in, and many of the guests were great to interact with.

    Cons

    Very low employee morale. Employees do not get the compensation they deserve for the responsibilities they perform. Management does not interact with employees very often, and lack of communication between executives and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Boost employee morale, so your employees are happy to come to work. The hours are crazy at times, so ensure your staff is well rested so they can perform at their highest level. Communication is key in any work environment - and employees like to feel involved.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great company; Very-retaliatory HR Dept."

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Lake Oswego, OR
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - CEO
    - Executives
    - Bonuses
    - Salary
    - Perks

    Cons

    - Corporate HR is notorious within the company

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the problem and publicly ask the employees for advice.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "GBRX is confused"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Individual operations were sometimes excellent environments to work in once they were in place and allowed to run things as they should. My pay was good.

    Cons

    The corporate governance was weak, misguided, and failed to follow through or execute plans in a timely fashion. They would make hasty decisions (i.e. bonus calculations were always promised but never implemented). As they grew, they grew failed at systems integration and had poor IT support. Some of the management had shady connections in the industry. The middle layers of management are merely yes-men. Benefits were constantly down graded and they took back pay raises that were only a month or two into.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new and competent senior operations management; eliminate the layers between corporate, division, and plant. Scrap all HR and start over.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "NOT for young people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Greenbrier full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is much to learn about the rail industry while meeting many interesting people. Puts some useful experience under your belt.

    Cons

    If you don't know anyone or aren't related to the people who run things, you are treated with content and are constantly belittled. The environment is extremely political and there is no room for young people to learn and be trained from the ground up. Either you know it when you get there, or you pull your hair out trying to guess the magic eight ball. HR is useless because their every move is puppeteered, giving them no control in getting those who are helpless the help they need.

    Advice to Management

    Eventually, a company must realize that for perpetuity, young people must be hired, and trained from the bottom, rather than expecting every new hire to have many years experience under their belt. When you do hire young people you can't expect them to have the experience and knowledge of someone 10 years their senior. Many people are hired and feel like they might as well give up before they start.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Though work environment..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Finley, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Finley, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Greenbrier full-time

    Pros

    Some pretty tough guys working in production. Once you get to know them, they are great guys and work pretty hard for their money! CEO is a good guy and is trying to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Middle management always coming down with "do it or else" type of commands. Seems that those in that management roll simply want to will their way to success, but don't offer up much in the way of coaching or planning to complete a project all they say is 'get it done'. Then if the results are poor they blame you, but will take credit if everything goes well.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees more. Give them a facility to be proud of. Make sure they have all the tools to complete the job and I mean that figuratively. Tools as in communication, training, lunch and shower facilities...


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Stna"

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    Former Employee - STNA in Parma, OH
    Former Employee - STNA in Parma, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I went to ask the person in the HR department some questions about my schedule and was totally rude and unprofessional by not looking at me instead she was on the computer the hole time I was trying to talk to her.

    Cons

    Look in eyes and listen when an employee is needed help and has questions.Give them the time.

    Advice to Management

    More professional and respectful people

  8. "Bearing mounter"

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    Former Employee - Bearing Mount in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Bearing Mount in Lake Oswego, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Greenbrier (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benifits 401k insurance and the employee I work around

    Cons

    Safety problems, unorganized no good leadership

    Advice to Management

    Energetic, quick learner and motivated


  9. Helpful (1)

    "General Laborer"

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    Former Employee - General Laborer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - General Laborer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Greenbrier full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was given plenty of overtime.

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of structure. Comolitical.pany is very p


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good personal company culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours, non stress, good coffee.

    Cons

    Upper IT management have goals that are not being shared in order to get a company direction.


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