Pros: decent benefits and pay.
Cons: hours required to work were extreme
A typical day in the Telecommunications department including planning and installation of telecommunications equipment. Planning included a safe working environment and execution of that plan with updates as needed. I was usually the management on site sometimes with several other subordinates as well as working by myself. Co-workers also were trained and usually their input in planning was highly advised creating a team like environment. The hardest jobs usually was building telephone communications lines which required setting utility poles in extreme weather conditions i.e. heat, cold, rain and inclement weather. Most enjoyable part of the job was the work environment itself with usually a friendly and sometimes fun situations.
A typical day in the Transportation Department, included a job briefing covering train orders that covered safe train operations. Job briefings included safe operation over track segments where an extreme attention to detail was a must. I learned how to operate various types of trains with consideration of length of train, weight of train, various ways to start train, increase speed, slow train and stop trains. Had to know various signal indications from a centralized dispatching office that required highly skilled operations. Management was poor at best as was indicated by various studies made by the media and stock exchange studies. Co-workers were usually train conductors who's main responsibility was ground work, train documentation and knowing the various rules required by the Federal Railroad Administration. Hardest part of the job was the adjusting to working anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Enjoyable parts of the job included working with various people that was mostly enjoyable, however there were people that were hard to work with requiring making adjustments according to different personalities. Usually a delightful environment considering that we worked together as much as 18 hours at a time.