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Wabtec Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  1. "Great Company But Limited Growth Potential"

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked with Wabtec for over 9 years in electronics repair. The techs are sharp and we enjoy the environment. Company match 401K and stock purchase plans are good; the medical seems ok but I have coverage elsewhere so I can't say.

    Cons

    Very limited growth potential. It seems management would rather hire outside instead of promoting within which is frustrating. While local management is good, corporate structure is a nightmare that makes getting quality improvements extremely difficult on the older equipment, and since old Loco's never die, techs often have to improvise. No clear lines of responsibility/accountability/support for legacy product lines.

    Advice to Management

    Reducing excessive execute positions would greatly enhance monthly earnings. Continue to work on executing core values rather than just saying them. We have a sign in our plant that reads "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten." Unfortunately, we're still doing as we've always done.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time

    Pros

    Continues to aggressively grow, has substantially increased its market presence in the last 10 years

    Cons

    Needs increased staffing to continue to excel and grow

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire qualified staff

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wabtec (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good coworkers, good products, great customers.

    Cons

    Entrenched senior leadership continuing to manage "like they've always done".

    Advice to Management

    Refresh the senior ranks with some new blood, new vision, new ideas, new approaches to new business models.


  4. "Pretty amazing company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wabtec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Most Employees are reliable and easy to work with. Work at your own pace (given you actually work and try). Pay is excellent once you reach top out, with yearly cost of living raises.

    Cons

    Some politics on certain shifts, job advancements are hard to come by. Do not put your name on anything that you didn't do yourself. When busy, 6 or 7 days a week is to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how many hours it would take to finish each weeks orders and Start a Daily Production Board, set goals for each department to hit daily or weekly.


  5. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time

    Pros

    Good dedicated work force with lots of railroad experience

    Cons

    Need to hire more engineers to work with so many clients. Also, should improve benefits package.


  6. "valve tech"

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    Current Employee - Valve Technician in San Fernando, CA
    Current Employee - Valve Technician in San Fernando, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good hours lots of overtime ok pay

    Cons

    bad management, always changing schedule at last min, most time off requests are denied, work every Saturday, no human resource department, understaffed

    Advice to Management

    treat workers better, work with them on figuring out problems


  7. "I liked at 1st until found out how the p"

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    Former Employee - Press Operator in Wytheville, VA
    Former Employee - Press Operator in Wytheville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wabtec part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Ople & management really are they always go by who there the longest b4 they believe a certain person & most upper management claim to be theses so big on Christianity

    Cons

    Its always challaging when their only 2 other blacks in whole plant & 1 them is in a separate building. But thats wytheville ,Va for you they try keep us at a certain level

    Advice to Management

    Dont believe everything your lead & their pets say

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible with the working hours. Able to adjust/makeup time for dental/medical appts within the pay period.

    Cons

    Still defining the chain of command and responsibilities of the command structure.

    Advice to Management

    Open Communication about Company Direction on a timely basis to middle level managers.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Rough Waters Ahead"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The physical office is new and looks nice. You don't have to worry too much about work/life balance being a problem.

    Cons

    Pay is well below market standard and benefits are mediocre at best. Several engineers have gone years without a performance review or merit increase. There is little feedback on your job performance overall.

    Cooperation between departments and engineering teams is very poor. People seem to like to carve out a kingdom and stick to it.

    Upper management is severely lacking in leadership and transparency. They do not inspire anyone to go out of their way at all and mostly stay in their offices with the door closed. The whole aura screams "go away, I don't want to talk to you." Management does not engage or challenge employees, and they have no respect from any of the people working in the office.

    This is not an engineering firm. They have no process in place to develop software, and the code they do have is so bad that it is at critical mass and is no longer maintainable. Despite that, management seems blind to these issues, even when they are repeatedly told they cannot continue this way. Even customers are starting to notice the problems.

    Employees are leaving like they are on a sinking ship and management cannot even begin to fathom why.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to understand why employees are leaving. Make some effort to fix the problems before you lose all your customers.


  10. "Very good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wabtec full-time

    Pros

    Very good place to work and very nice people.

    Cons

    Not really any think bad to mention.,


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