Norfolk Southern

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Norfolk Southern Reviews

Updated 19 September, 2014
Updated 19 September, 2014
106 Reviews
3.4
106 Reviews
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Norfolk Southern Chairman, CEO, and Director Wick Moorman IV
Wick Moorman IV
67 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.  

    Working on the railroad, all the live long day

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Technical Support
    Current Employee - Technical Support

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great railroad culture, wonderful mix of old and new, safety focus, railroad retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Pay slightly lower than other companies. Lots of older systems , some silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep bringing in new talent to work with the experienced "old hands".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Norfolk Southern as an intern

    Pros

    The people are friendly. The benefits are amazing. The pay is competitive. I felt I learned a lot from my position.

    Cons

    The management is very old fashioned and is not open to a ton of change. Also there is not a lot of room for personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More personal growth opportunities. Open to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great place to start if interested in the transportation industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Long established business. Very strong in the area it operates. Very good benefits - although that seems to keep salaries lower than the market. Great people in my peer group. Career opportunities to get into middle management seem to be fewer and fewer as a result of 'trimming' the number of higher positions.

    Cons

    Long established business. People stay with the company for 30+ years. Slow to adapt to changes in technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    it's been good.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, never boring. outdoor work if you like that.

    Cons

    don't really have a say to where you get placed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to place people where they are originally from.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The pay is good, but the work environment is terrible.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerical
    Current Employee - Clerical

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent pay for the area I live in. Good retirement. Health and life insurance.

    Cons

    Hard to advance. In order to ease into management at the clerical level you need to be a female. Company sees record profits but raises our out of pocket health insurance every year. Hours are terrible. They treat all employees like they are instantly replaceable and are lucky to even be there. Job morale is extremely low, very few people enjoy their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop preaching the ADI and start enforcing it. Supervisors treat employees like we are expendable and they will hire two more to take our places. When every year our insurance goes up and the upper level management are getting multi-million dollar bonuses there is a problem within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    conductor

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

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    money retirement just a great all around company

    Cons

    work long hours. but paid great for them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they doing a great job

    Recommends
  8.  

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

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

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  9.  

    Great Experance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time

    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
  10.  

    Associate Technology Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Technology Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Technology Analyst in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern full-time for more than a year

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Use to be great but getting worse by the year.

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    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)

    I have been working at Norfolk Southern for more than 10 years

    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

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