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Norfolk Southern Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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Pros
  • The pay and benefits were best of the best (in 41 reviews)

  • Interesting work environment, good pay, good industry exposure/experience (in 56 reviews)

Cons
  • Erratic work schedules make for keeping a work life balance difficult and keeping a happy family (in 33 reviews)

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

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. "Not a disgruntled empolyee but a realest"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Craftsman
    Current Employee - Craftsman
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    pro come in as a craft person to be in union management has no protection and pay does not equal the hours you put in to this company

    Cons

    outside of pay there is not one positive thing to look forward to only to say you have a job. This use to be a company that cares not any more its only about lying to the stock holders so they wont pulling there money out

    Advice to Management

    you need to understand that you are dealing with humans I'm not saying lay out your life story however show compassion show you are not a dictator and please note how things are done in the south or east is way different in the north everyone needs to come together on one page and that page is not how to fire someone to bring down the bottom line but guess what ? What we say as employees dose not matter and that's a shame because we are the ones that endure all the pain to keep fright moving


  3. "Job search for railroad conductors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


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  5. "ambitious"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. "Transportation Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  7. "Transportation Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  8. "Going down hill"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "N&SM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. "No opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and retirement benefits

    Cons

    No life outside of work because of crazy work schedule.
    Nearly no chance to switch departments.
    Unless your a good old boy or recruited straight out of college there is no chance for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach.


  11. "Look"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Work with trains every day.

    Cons

    It is 24/7 operations. On call

    Advice to Management

    Communicate



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