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Wabtec Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Work environment was ok, employees were helpful and friendly and they knew their machines and jobs well (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits and great coworkers to work with (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Sr Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Rough Waters Ahead"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Go anywhere else first"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company cell phones, good PCs

    Cons

    First and foremost leadership is nonexistent. Managers are seated leaders that cannot lead themselves, much less a team. This is systemic from the Directors-up. Many of the managers do not even reside in the office, yet dictate from afar resulting in a disconnect of daily operations.

    Be sure to check Glassdoor on what you should get paid for the position that you applying for. Wabtec does not pay it's current staff anywhere close to the industry standard and they have stated clearly that they have no intention on increasing staff pay to meet that standard. The result has been a very high attrition rate of staff, and righteously so. Wabtec managers have gone so far as to say that they don't understand why an employee would get another job offer and then ask for a counter offer from Wabtec. Staff getting paid what the industry dictates is seemingly a foreign concept there. Needless to say, Wabtec is a great candidate for unionized staff !!! In addition, Wabtec does not have any retention program. Job knowledge and talent are allowed to walk away without any transfer of knowledge and without any kind of formal training on the industry. New hires will find themselves in a sink or swim situation and this struggle is then compounded by the lack of process and practices.

    If you interview here, be sure to ask about average merit increases, bonus possibilities, and annual reviews. There are Engineers that have worked at Wabtec for over 8 years and have never received an annual review or any kind of merit increase !!!

    Advice to Management

    The very root of the current Wabtec problems is the failure to provide good leadership. A good leader will put his team FIRST -- the team will in turn take care of the customers. Inversely, Under-compensated, un-empowered, and unappreciated employees will result in lower quality products and unsatisfied products.

    Employees (not managers) are THE KEY to customer satisfaction and ultimately success -- period. You have it completely backwards right now !!!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Last resort employment"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wabtec full-time

    Pros

    Slightly better than working at McDonalds

    Cons

    Management at Wabtec is completely clueless.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sad situation in Duncan"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Manager in Spartanburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the smartest and hardest working people I've ever been around. They are friendly and helpful and I enjoyed my time with them.

    Cons

    The place is crazy. Very mismanaged and I am surprised at the corporate oversight there in Duncan. A new leadership team should step in and run the place like they care. Right now it's a big joke and the customers are not happy.

    Advice to Management

    The good people are leaving. Someone should take note.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Don't bother applying, considering, or accepting any position at this company!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Systems 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

    None
    (maybe schadenfreude)
    actually, one positive -- it's impossible to get fired no matter how incompetent you are
    (really a negative because of all the dead weight and horrible managers)

    Cons

    way below market value salaries
    no pay raises (I know several people who have waited YEARS for management to complete an "annual" appraisal.)
    horrible benefits (worst options for healthcare I've ever seen)
    hostile work environment
    incompetent management
    horrible work environment (loud, distracting, no labs or equipment)
    all complaints, constructive criticism, and suggestions are completely ignored
    no integrity in management (slimy used car salesmen who lie and blow smoke)
    no responsibility in management (always have an excuse for their failures; always someone else's fault)
    no trust in management
    no opportunities for advancement
    obsolete technology/languages
    hypocrites who do not follow company core values
    employees not seen as human beings; only seen as resources to be used or tossed

    Advice to Management

    To the executives in corporate headquarters:
    Fire all managers in Fort Worth, TX office and replace them with competent leaders who listen to employees and work with them rather than making ridiculous mandates such as: you will be happy at work (honest to God true statement from upper level management here).


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Azle, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Azle, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wabtec full-time

    Pros

    Practically impossible to get fired from the job.

    Cons

    Low pay. Managers are not held accountable. Annual performance reviews/raises are always late, so don't hold your breath waiting for a raise. No direction from senior management. "Offshore" help is now being introduced.

    No development cycle, whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    NONE.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, good coworkers, interesting work

    Cons

    Poor communication, bad management, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be held accountable for missing evaluations or failing to provide support for employees.


  10. "Quality"

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    Former Employee - Quality Improvement in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Improvement in Houston, TX

    I worked at Wabtec (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good management, friendly co-workers and easy to reach officials

    Cons

    There is only less learning in this environment


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