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Norfolk Southern Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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Norfolk Southern Chairman, CEO, and Director Wick Moorman IV
Wick Moorman IV
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  • Erratic work schedules make for keeping a work life balance difficult and keeping a happy family (in 32 reviews)

  • You will be on call 24/7 for years (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Field Management job benefits are lacking"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay (great if you dont consider the hours), some good people here and there, takes safety very seriously

    Cons

    Way too time consuming, no life outside of work, still very much a good-ole-boy network


  2. "Asst. Trainmaster"

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    Current Employee - Assistant TRAINMASTER
    Current Employee - Assistant TRAINMASTER
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    401K, Pension, Growth potential & pay

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance, union vs management dichotomy

    Advice to Management

    Improve training program


  3. "Union"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Carman in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Carman in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very Competitive pay, Great Retirement, Payed Holidays, Military Friendly, Not to extreme from a physical stand point.

    Cons

    closed shop (Union Only), expensive union dues, seniority based work schedules, a worker who does a a quarter of the work you do makes the same money and has better off days, work weekends for many years, work on holidays, no sick leave, work in any type of weather, takes a long time to get a decent amount of vacation, negative mentality towards management , potential to work varying shifts in same work week (swing shifts), low moral, company does not have a employee first approach.

    Advice to Management

    lighten up! Be more approachable, guys spend the majority of their adult life working for this company and are proud to do it. Try to instill more pride in the work force, let the employees involve their family and you'll have a pipe line of excited and willing workers for years to come. offer sick days or lessen qualification time for extra vacation.


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  5. "Decent office environment; very competitive pay; great retirement benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Vacation is excellent; so is Railroad Retirement; great job security- railroads have been around and will stick around for a long time; many passionate railroaders who want to do a great job; Atlanta is a great city

    Cons

    There are many locations that would be difficult to live and work

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing positive behavior reinforcement; it will take more than a few years to overcome 150 years of culture


  6. "Job search for railroad conductors"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Filler Operator in Morrow, GA
    Current Employee - Filler Operator in Morrow, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and the pay is great

    Cons

    Being away from home for an extended time


  7. "ambitious"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It a well know company that have great opportunity to advance.This company is widely know job security.

    Cons

    Open the door for people who don't have family or friends to get hired.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunity to move up in the company.


  8. "Transportation Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good company. Nice people. Took the time to teach us about their company and what it's about.

    Cons

    I didn't really do much. I learned a lot about the engines, cars, and tracks. We weren't given any projects or responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Give interns a project and more responsibility.


  9. "Transportation Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainmaster
    Current Employee - Trainmaster
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Company paid pension. 401k is average. Start with 3 weeks vacation. If you can work 30 years you will be in good shape.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is horrible. Always explaining historical information. Focus is more on reports and not running the operation. Most people hired quit within 5 years or less. Too many VPs. Work on training new officers.

    Advice to Management

    Work on changing the culture. Also listen to employees and work on properly training new employees.


  10. "Going down hill"

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

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, good potential bonus

    Cons

    Quality of life is on the decline.


  11. "N&SM"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Promotes and Hires indescriminately with no reguard to qualifications

    Advice to Management

    You have qualified employees, use them and let the 3%ers go somewhere else.



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