Norfolk Southern

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Norfolk Southern Reviews

Updated 8 August, 2014
Updated 8 August, 2014
100 Reviews

3.4
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Norfolk Southern Chairman, CEO, and Director Wick Moorman IV
Wick Moorman IV
63 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • pay and benefits, if you brown nose management will leave you alone (in 8 reviews)

  • Great pay, solid support, unlimited ability to progress your career if you work hard (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is horrendous (in 6 reviews)

  • They expect you to bleed railroad 24/7 (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work for.. Lots of opportunities to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    NS is a growing company and has great opportunities for growth inside and outside your group. Also technical and non technical growth is encouraged.
    People are very helpful.

    Cons

    Pay is definitely on the lower side.
    Transparency is lacking across departments especially when it comes to sharing data and insights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better integration and synergy across groups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Experance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun Train Culture, Good people ,Great Benefits.

    Cons

    Parking is not Covered by the Company, No real help of how to best get hired on later.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Associate Technology Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Technology Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Technology Analyst in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Very Stable Company. Definitely room for growth. The salary is a little low compared to other companies, but has a great benefits package. This is a great company for a young entry level employee that will stay with one company.

    Cons

    Not a good company for older employees, because you need to put in 30 years to get a good retirement package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to institute proper documentation, requirements gathering.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    OK summer job, Good pay, don't come here if you want real experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer Co-op
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer Co-op

    Pros

    Great pay, consistent schedule, good company to work for

    Cons

    Boring, dull, monotonous, mundane tasks. Did I mention how boring it is?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your interns/co-ops some REAL work to do. It's a huge waste of resources to have engineering students doing your spreadsheets and getting your mail, and it ruins employee morale. Experiential learning is for the student to learn and contribute to the company's success, not to be your secretary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent company, but depends on your position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - C&S  in  Toledo, OH (US)
    Current Employee - C&S in Toledo, OH (US)

    Pros

    They generally treat their employees well, and have great retirement benefits. They train you and have opportunities to move up in the company.

    Cons

    They make you travel a ton, or at least can make you travel a lot. Plus the supervisors are on call 24/7 except for every other weekend. They make you work a ton and have a lot of BS to go through. Poor work-life balance. It seems like the longer employees are on the railroad, the unhappier they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging. Most people know what they're doing so you don't need to breath down their necks and check up on their work constantly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Use to be great but getting worse by the year.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - One Thats Rumored to BE Contracted Out  in  Elkhart, IN (US)
    Current Employee - One Thats Rumored to BE Contracted Out in Elkhart, IN (US)

    Pros

    Descent benefits until healthcare started going south. Decent pay until taxes went thru the roof.

    Cons

    Deductibles on any hospital visits are way high. Of course someone has to pay for everyone thats getting free healthcare now. Norfolk Southern loves there contractors and would love to get rid of all there employees and just contract all the work out so as a worker you never really know how long your going to have a job. Morale is usually very low among employees because of the constant worries of contractors coming in also.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to contract everyones jobs out and take care of the employees you have already. Workers that have been out there for 15 -40 years working injury free and helping you be the safest railroad in the country and then you just want to stick it to them and bring in a contractor to do there job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nepotism Southern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norfolk, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA (US)

    Pros

    Fascinating industry; good retirement benefits; credible efforts to ensure employees understand the business, regardless of their function.

    Cons

    It's all about whom you know. Thoroughly unqualified people in leadership roles -- not only do they lack functional expertise, but they get away with behaving in ways that run completely counter to the values that NS supposedly holds dear. (HR is probably the worst offender in this space, believe it or not.) Abrasiveness, finger-pointing, lack of perspective regarding work-life balance and how anyone could possibly want to spend time with their families are the norm. If you're a CYA expert with friends in the right places, this is the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't use HR as a dumping ground for members of the good ol' boys club who are looking for a place to land. Try to remember that screaming, naked hostility and lack of work-life balance rarely bring out the best in people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Transportation Intern Review

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    Current Employee - Transportation Intern  in  Norfolk, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Transportation Intern in Norfolk, VA (US)

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Great, friendly people for the most part. A lot of company officers are retiring which gives plenty of room for upward mobility.

    Cons

    The hours are extremely demanding. There is a definite "us vs them" mentality between company officers and the Unionized employees. Many employees, even if they're friendly, carry a large slice of negativity which can be contagious.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company for young professionals. Plenty of upward mobility for young managers.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Company is making large efforts to improve company culture. Competitive salaries and benefits. It's easy to gain industry knowledge and relationships that can be leveraged outside of the company.

    Cons

    NS is a 24/7 operation. Several jobs are subject to shift work, no holiday's off, being on call, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Its all about who likes you!!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Norfolk, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Norfolk, VA (US)

    Pros

    Norfolk Southern is a great organization. I gained invaluable experience and knowledge about the freight rail industry, and had an AWESOME supervisor.

    Cons

    Expect to be under paid by about $20K compare to other railroads for the same job. There is absolutely NO opportunity for growth and advancement at Norfolk Southern. Only lateral moves with minimal pay raise. Many in the HR Department are unqualified. and try to "wing it". I am EXTREMELY grateful for the opportunity that Norfolk Southern me, but I have no regrets in leaving. The experience helped me land my DREAM JOB.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote employees based on their merits and hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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