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Watco Companies Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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Pros
  • the managers really care about there team members (in 5 reviews)

  • Good co-workers for as long as they last (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • No support from upper management always sending you on a wild goose chase but ever being there when you need them covering there own butts (in 8 reviews)

  • Long commute, long hours, lack of communication (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great learning experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Switchman in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Switchman in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - benefits
    - 401
    - RR retirement
    - opportunity
    - safety bonus

    Cons

    - pay rate
    - supervisors are theifs and lead
    - mentors

    Advice to Management

    What you allow is what will continue.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Less money than class one railroads but you won't get laid off (furloughed)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Hodge, LA
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Hodge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Watco Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent money, most of your coworkers are good people, work in the outdoors, railroad retirement, it's in the great town of hodge, LA

    Cons

    It's all about who you're related to or being an extremely manipulative liar if you want to move up in the company or if you want to get a decent schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Take accountably for your own actions


  3. "Manager-corporate office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburg, KS
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburg, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Endless opportunities for growth, Great benefits, matching 401K plan at 50%, bonus opportunities based on performance, get paid while you learn the business

    Cons

    Fast paced, ever changing environment. No complaints from me. Very solid family company to work for who appreciates their team

    Advice to Management

    Keep believing in your Team and reward with solid bonuses


  4. "Excellent place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Controllwr in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Controllwr in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Watco Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere. Small company benefits and care for employees and their families. Happy employees and great customers. Responsive middle and upper management

    Cons

    Small/mid sized company. Systems not ready for growth. Employees are not trained and learn with on the training. Weak customer service

    Advice to Management

    Grown too fast


  5. "Lead operator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Operator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Operator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, Great schedule 4 on and 4 off

    Cons

    Poor management, buddy buddy system, not a real railroad or terminal you do more cutting grass and painting then actual work, loss ethanol and crude contracts with mecuria

    Advice to Management

    Start all over and try again


  6. "Horrible company to work for. Not a real railroad"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Few hours home every night. Not much pros for the company. Work long hours everyday. Employees are tired and fatigued.

    Cons

    Promises are not kept. Wasn't followed though with. Was promised vacation. Have to fight for what days to take off. Stuck in the yard because they're short people. Paperwork on my taxes were screwed up from payroll so I wasn't given my refund I deserve.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with employees. Follow through with your word. Listen to employees to help Watco become a better company.


  7. "Easy but. Trained monkey can do it"

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

    I have been working at Watco Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Low skil work with high pay

    Cons

    Management not trustworthy. Be very careful in what you say.

    Watco Companies Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – SVP People Services

    If you would be willing to discuss, please reach out to me at rpeterson@watcocompanies.com. We work each day to get better, so any further feedback would be appreciated.


  8. "Total let down"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator/Deckhand in Amory, MS
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator/Deckhand in Amory, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with good people. I love the work hate the pay. I wish we were still kinder morgan. They might not have appreciated their employees but you could get a lot more overtime and the benefits were a lot better

    Cons

    Our terminal was bought out at the end of last year. All the overtime has stopped. Can't find anywhere that takes the insurance. And a bunch of new useless rules. And from every thing I have read about them I need to find a new job and soon. Before the buy out all you heard was how much better it was going to be. I have yet to see one pro.

    Advice to Management

    It really doesn't matter what I say it will still be the same tomorrow

    Watco Companies Response

    Mar 12, 2017 – SVP People Services

    Thank you for your feedback. If you'd be willing to visit, I'd like to further understand your concerns. You can call our anonymous hotline and leave a call back number, and I'll return your call as ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Industry, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Industry, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, great pay, great vacation.

    Cons

    Double standards from management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay Bad schedule"

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

    I have been working at Watco Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get paid for 40 hours minimum no matter what. Lots of "free time"

    Cons

    On call 24/7 and have to be within 2 hours of getting to job site. No real set days off. Even if there is no work planned for the day you still need to be within 2 hours of getting there just in case. Minimal staffing no extra in case someone is ill or on vacation. If you need a day off you have to use vacation.

    Advice to Management

    more staffing


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