Norfolk Southern

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Norfolk Southern Reviews

Updated 8 August 2014
Updated 8 August 2014
100 Reviews

3.4
100 Reviews
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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.  

    Norfolk Southern is a Super Family and a great work environment

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Leading edge technologies, open to new suggestions to make processes flow better, no micromanagement.

    Cons

    I've only got a one year contract

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the fantastic work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    CYO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Most of the clerks are nice

    Cons

    They work you to death. No one appreciates your contributions. They promote the wrong people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the Director

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Co-op experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent pay for a co-op position. There are multiple positions that you can be assigned to get a taste of all the work that gets done in this company.

    Cons

    You have no real options in choosing your co-op rotations. The work can be monotonous or non-existent at times...think spreadsheet filling. The entire co-op program seems unorganized and trying to find simple answers on the first day of work such as "Where do I get my name badge?" or "How do I access my payroll?" left a negative impression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up an orientation day for the co-ops, so they know the departments that they will work with, the relative job tasks of everyone including the co ops, as well as the usual HR fare.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It's pretty good.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you are interested in transportation systems, NS will be your choice.

    Cons

    I still have not found any cons at this point.

  6.  

    Learnt a lot about RF & Microwave Communications and SIgnals

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    Former Employee - Co-Op  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    A company with a very steady progressing future.

    Cons

    Has limited number of Electrical Engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The tapping of talent is awesome, please keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awefull thought I was working for the taliban.

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    Current Employee - Conductor
    Current Employee - Conductor

    Pros

    Good retirement thats about it..

    Cons

    Management Sucks..No people skill'z. Training needed for management, a lot from top to bottom. Outside company has to tell management (upper management) how to make more money by working with your employee's not against them. I believe once the old head management is gone company might be a great company to work for in about 10 yrs if even needed then. 3D printing should knock transportation stocks for a loop. Transporting people will probable sound good again to the railroads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of paying a seperate company for advice ask your employees if you have any who can truly feel respected and appreciatied by management for the work there doing out there.

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

    Good comapny

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay, co workers, travel, benefits, retirement

    Cons

    Move alot, disconnection with management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more connection

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Department: Toxic-Culture + Under-Performers = Lack of Quality and Innovation

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company with reasonable budgets for capital investments. Relatively stable company which is not as affected by economic downturns.

    Cons

    There is a toxic culture of dishonesty, hypocrisy, sketchy agreements, lack of accountability and negative politics throughout the IT Leadership. Promotions are tenure-based -- not merit based. Performers are punished rather than rewarded.

    This environment attracts under-performers looking for an easy pension. Management is unwilling/unable to compensate top level talent with competitive salary ranges. Skilled IT-resources move on to better organizations while under-performers stay until retirement resulting in a perpetual "brain drain".

    As an organization, there is no desire to be anywhere but the middle or rear of the "pack" in regards to IT capabilities. Until a major cultural change occurs, this company's IT Department will always be an industry-lagger rather than industry-leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture. (start with Forbes article: "The Key to Changing Organizational Culture")

    Attract, reward and retain top-talent. (start with Dice article: "30 Ways to Attract or Repel the Very Best Employees in Tech")

    The rest will happen naturally...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    gate clerk

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    Current Employee - Gate Clerk  in  Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Gate Clerk in Charlotte, NC (US)

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    hours are sometimes hard to deal with

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Helpful staff and enriching experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent environment for interns. No deadline pressure.

    Cons

    Overall good experience. They don't give big responsibility to co ops

    Recommends

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