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Norfolk Southern Roanoke Reviews

Updated January 12, 2017
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Roanoke, VA Area

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Norfolk Southern Chairman, CEO, and Director Wick Moorman IV
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Pros
  • The pay and benefits were best of the best (in 42 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work life balance is non-existent (in 35 reviews)

  • On call 24/7, at work more than home, commonly work 36 hours straight (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "machinist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machinist in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Machinist in Roanoke, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Norfolk Southern full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The coworkers that I worked with made going to work enjoyable.

    Cons

    Every time a new shop manager would get hired, he would stir up the hornets nest by abolishing jobs, and making new rules to make a name for themselves. There's no work to life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your workers and they will take care of you and your numbers.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Company is going down the tubes."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Roanoke, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Norfolk Southern (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay, retirement, benefits if you are employed long enough. Vacation is decent as well if you qualify for it.

    Cons

    Worked for NS for 10 years. Since the new CEO has taken over this company will be bought out in a matter of time. They hire you for peak season in transportation then let you go when everything slows down. Micro management is a nice term to describe NS. Not a job for a family man/women. This company is not what it was 20 years ago. You have management that has no business managing a used car lot. Very high turnover rate. If you have a decent steady income job don't leave it to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get rid of excess management instead of manpower. You layoff but expect employees to make up for the loss. But don't allow your employees to mark off due to fatigue. Wake up where is the safety you preached about? Jim Squires is a joke.


  3. "Freight Train Conductor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conductor in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Conductor in Roanoke, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay is consistently strong for the lack of education needed.
    Benefits are great
    Vacation/PTO is good after a few years.

    Cons

    Supervision is tasked with catching you doing something wrong and disciplining you for it.
    On call nearly 24/7
    Job Security not great for newer employees


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  5. "Not enough work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - IT Audit and Compliance Intern in Roanoke, VA
    Former Intern - IT Audit and Compliance Intern in Roanoke, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Norfolk Southern as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good amount of other interns to talk to and go to lunch with
    -Gave the interns a good look at some of the other jobs at the company

    Cons

    -Only enough work for about half the summer, the other 5 weeks I just sat there and tried to look busy
    -zero flexibility about hours (must work 8-5)

    Advice to Management

    -create an internship program where the interns feel valuable and not like they are wasting their time sitting there for 8 hours a day


  6. "Pretty Average"

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    Former Intern - Information Systems Developer in Roanoke, VA
    Former Intern - Information Systems Developer in Roanoke, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Norfolk Southern as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - As an intern I was paid quite well. I also received a monthly stipend for my rent and a relocation payment as well.
    - Hands on work immediately

    Cons

    - For me this is where the Pro's ended the office life was pretty drab, cubicle farm with different shades of grey to spice things up.
    - I arrived at the office and two weeks after I had arrived they announced that they were closing the office down... Needless to say interns were pretty low on the food chain as a priority for work flow. A majority of my daily routine was spend sitting on my hands waiting for authorization to access something/ anything.
    All in all it seemed like a lot of bureaucratic work to get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on youth development.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Norfolk Southern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Norfolk southern pays pretty well for a Corporate internship. If you go full time, you don't have to worry about losing your job if your in corporate . Because they have never laid off and it is kinda of hard to get fired.

    Cons

    Advancement will be slow in this company if you join. You pretty much know exactly were you will be in 20 years, no matter really what you do. If you like a stable high paying job with great benefits this is for you. But if you are a risk-reward kind of person, not so much.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some CapEX on your computer systems because they are so outdated.


  8. "Internal Audit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - For Internal Audit in Roanoke, VA
    Former Intern - For Internal Audit in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Norfolk Southern as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and work culture; very steady and consistent routine
    A lot of support from management

    Cons

    some outdated systems used; Not a lot of change takes place; Not as many opportunities for professional development as other companies

    Advice to Management

    They do a wonderful job with the intern program. The only thing would be to keep a slightly closer eye on the interns and make sure to support them


  9. "Internal Audit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Internal Audit Intern in Roanoke, VA
    Former Intern - Internal Audit Intern in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Southern as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and company to work for

    Cons

    The office in Roanoke closed down


  10. "Above Average"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Roanoke, VA

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

    Pros

    Strong, stable company, professional atmosphere

    Cons

    Closing Roanoke office, relocating to Atlanta, GA


  11. "B4"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable company, good benefits, good retirement

    Cons

    nepotism, work life balance with some positions


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