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Great For Singles without a Trade
Machine Operator (Former Employee), Hamel, MNDecember 30, 2013
Pros: take-home money, opportunity for advancement, getting to be in nature
Cons: away from home for long periods, being treated like paid slaves, diet options are minimal
Due to the high turnover rate, the management really doesn't even care who is there, as long as you do your job. You make terrible pay. But because you work so much overtime, the take-home money is pretty good. It's hard to save money since you have to buy bachelor meals i.e. tv dinners, ramen noodles, hot pockets or have to eat out at the only local – more... diner. You are gone away from home for at least 6 to 8 weeks at a time. You live out of your bags from one motel to the next. You will be in some pretty remote places that don't even have a gas station. It is very stressful. Most jobs entail you working on the track 10hrs, then working more, on the machine, when that is finished, when possible. For the most part, when something breaks on the machine, you and the crew will be the ones repairing it. If you have and are close to your family, this will be extremely hard for you as you will be in places that have no cell reception and some motels won't have long distance. There is tremendous opportunity for advancement due to high turnover rates. If you are willing to learn the knowledge and show that you are willing to work hard you can be a crew leader making around 50k a year. It's a hard life, but can be rewarding if you are willing to make the sacrifices. "truck time" is usually around 4am. Minus the travel time (to and from the machine) you will be working until 6pm or later. You do not get planned breaks or even a lunch period. Having a laid-back personality helps with this company. You will see all parts of this country, which was really awesome in and of itself. – less
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Very challenging with work with machinery and people
Oper (Former Employee), Waynesboro, MSOctober 18, 2013
Pros: free dinner
Cons: healthcare excellent
Stable work,learned mostly about machine operation,manage on job training ,co -workers normal but very sensitive,hardest part of the is trying to catch up on sleep,traveling and site seeing was very fun.
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its ok if you like to travel all day
Machine Operator (Former Employee), Hamel, MNJune 24, 2013
Pros: travel
Cons: restrooms
you learn something new everyday.start at 4 am ended at 5 pm co workers were ok had to use shovels to dig.travel was great.
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Great Benefits and Exercise room with Pool table
Manufacturing Support Clerk (Former Employee), Hamel, MNMay 22, 2013
Pros: has exercise room and pool table
Cons: hired as temp
Ran reports for Production group and Shop Leads, Kept Labor records, Ordered office supplies, Filing, Kept updated Job Boards, Printed Blueprints and assembled materials for job folders. Maintained office equipment and facilities.
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Worst Company I have ever worked for
New Hire 1 month (Current Employee), TennesseeMay 16, 2013
Cons: low wages, high expenses, not enough hours, sit in room during weekend because cant use work vehicle
So I was laid off and it was time to go back to work. I was awear of Lorams low starting wage but i figured this would be a job that started low and had quick advancement with wages. With all the questions about my mechanical knowledge and electrical knowledge I figured it was a job that wanted to see your skills before paying you what your worth. Wrong – more... the wages are poor and stay poor... So I figured the long hours would help I was told we could work anywhere between 80-100 hours a week.... Wrong we work 60-65 hours a week and the supervisor has to get special permission to work over 70 hours a week. We can't really work in the rain so that shortens hours too. They pay for rooms but who knows what your gonna get sometimes you get a roach motel others are ok but you don't always get a fridge and microwave so your force to eat in restaurants which gets expensive. So low wages no perdiem and low hours.... When running work is not to labor intensive but repairs can be hell on the body... This job is not worth it and I highly suggest you hold out for something better. – less
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Interesting travel opportunity
MACHINE OPERATOR (Former Employee), Hamel, MNFebruary 21, 2013
Pros: seeing the country, good benefits, lots of o/t
Cons: too many hours sometimes, poor pay scale (until you reach management), alot of time away from home
Loram is a unique company that has really cool oppportunity to see america.
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Life at Loram depends on what you are looking for
Not telling (Former Employee), Hamel, MNJanuary 3, 2013
Pros: interesting unique products, lots of work, good social atmosphere, company invests in training
Cons: low compensation, poor work life balance, departments work against eachother, management promises the world
A worker at Loram can fall into 6 different categories. Union Laborer, Engineer/Designer, Manufacturing/Project Managemant, MOW Fleet Services, and Field Laborer.
What you get out of it depends on what you are looking for. If you just need a job that will provide A LOT of hours, then become a Union or Field Laborer. You'll make pretty good money, but – more... will work very hard for it (70+ hour weeks). In the Manufacturing/Project Managemant your hours will be less and compensation will be much less. Engineers typically work 45-50 hr weeks and are compensated just below market value. MOW Fleet services is the department that makes the company money and they do a great job!

The company grew very fast in the middle 2000's and thus has had enormous growing pains. It is essentially a "Job Shop" in that no machine is the same. This means that management will promis a product that nobody has ever built before for a specific price. The engineers are only graded on release dates, not quality of the BOM's or drawings. The manufacturing is only concerned with labor hours and project deadlines, not actually improving and learning from their mistakes. The shop laborers get tons of hours and make good money, but have almost no chance for advancement. Plus it is a hierarchical labor union.

The company has a lot of people who have been doing the same job for 10+ years and most have the attitude of "This is how it has always been done, why change it?".

All in all the company has a lot of flaws, but even more potential. They are willing to invest in their employees training and education, but still have rather low compensations.

There are a lot of great people who work there. The job wasn't the most fun, but the people helped make it worth it. – less

April 7, 2013

I got a job interview next week with Loram Rail was wondering if u could tell me how the hiring processes works,and a little about the aptitude test. And if you could tell me a little about what you would do different if you could have,and what area you would of went into as far as type of job to do there.

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Productive
General laborer/ Maintenance (Current Employee), Hamel, MNOctober 18, 2012
Pros: free travel and lodging
Cons: gone 6 weeks in 2 weeks
Different weather conditions
hardest part being gone 6 weeks at a time in 2 weeks
Maintenance on rail grinder
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A lot of hard work and dedication without advancement or pay increase
shop helper (Former Employee), shopMay 13, 2012
Pros: nice modern office
Cons: low pay. once a shop helper, always a shop helper
A lot of mandatory 10 hour days in the shop. You get a 10 min. breaks with a half hour lunch. A lot of print reading which is challenging and fun. All assemblies are done according to print. The final product is fascinating, although no production bonus, profit sharing or incentives for fast/productive work. Co-workers are like anywhere--there are some – more... that are there to work and are fun to work with, some are only fun to work with, and some need to go somewhere else. Really not a bad place to work if your house payment isn't too high. Had the best 401k ever! Unfortunately the job requires machine building but receives assembler pay--two different job skills. – less
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PLENTY OF TRAVEL
SUPERINTENDENT (Former Employee), NORTH AMERICAMarch 7, 2012
Pros: lots of over time
Cons: never home
PLENTY OF ROOM FOR ADVANCEMENT WITH GOOD COMPENSATION LOTS OF TRAVEL NO SLEEP
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Very unstable SR Managment team
N/A (Current Employee), HamelJanuary 6, 2012
Pros: new building nice pool table and work out center
Cons: can not trust managment
The Senior management team appears to have too many individual agenda's and they don't seem to get a long and work well togther. You are always in fear of losing your job