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Albertville, AL (US)
1001 to 5000 employees
1983
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Rail Freight
€2 to €5 billion (EUR) per year
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Through organic growth and key acquisitions, Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, has grown to be one of the largest diversified suppliers of railroad products and services in the world.<br/><br/>If it rolls on the rail, customers can count on us for rolling stock ... Read more

Mission: Through organic growth and key acquisitions, Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, has grown to be one of the largest diversified suppliers of railroad products and services in the world.<br/><br/>If it rolls on the rail, customers can count on us for rolling stock ... Read more

Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company Reviews

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    Former Employee - NDT Technician Level II
    Former Employee - NDT Technician Level II
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The insurance benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    SOOO many cons. I've signed numerous bids for different jobs, only to be turned down repeatedly. I have had nothing but wonderful reviews, don't cause trouble, and I get along with everyone. But on several of those bids, I was the only one that signed, and still didn't get the job. The reason the give? Because they love the work that I do. So, if I do horribly they'll let me do something else? Not a very good incentive!
    The workspace is horrible. In the winter, the people in my area have to wear at least 3 layers of clothes. In the summer, the temperature is so hot that we are soaked from head to toe in sweat. Our faces are raw from wiping sweat. People pass out from dehydration and heat exhaustion, are sent to the emergency room, and then we are given a point for missing work. That was insane.
    There are so many management people that hate each other, and it makes working there difficult.
    The pay is minimum at best for the jobs that require certification and 6 months of training.
    The quarterly bonuses that are promised are always late...usually 2 months late.
    Oh my goodness, and the overtime! They force overtime, and usually are told on Monday that you will be working over 2 hours all week and 6 hours on Saturday. Our days are supposed to be from 5:30am-2pm. But when we work over, we have to stay until 4pm. SO you make your family and life plans to fit around that overtime. THEN they wait until 1:50pm that you won't be working over. It makes it difficult to plan your family and life around that. You try to schedule doctor visits, child pick up and drop off times, date nights, etc around that, and then it all falls apart because of that. This is an almost daily struggle.

    Advice to Management

    Let the willing people advance! Don't keep them at the same job if they want to try something else. Doing the same job, day in and day out, makes you complacent and injuries are bound to happen. Not to mention, being stuck in the same job, not being allowed to try something else for a break, it makes it easy to miss abnormalities in the parts that should be scrapped. And for goodness sakes, fix the overtime issues! If you need people to stay, maybe you should make it voluntary and go from there. Or maybe do like other factories do, if you don't need them to stay over, after telling them that they will be, pay them! Some of us have lives outside of those walls.

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Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company Interviews

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    Mechanical Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lagrange Hlds, IL (US)
    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company (Lagrange Hlds, IL (US)).

    Interview

    Got an email from the HR asking me for a date and time for a 30 min phone interview with hiring manager. Basically went through my entire resume.All questions were straight forward. Then after a week asked me to come in for face to face interview. I met the HR manager who went through the benefits . After that, there was an hour long interview with the engineering lead of the team and the director. All again straight forward question based on the resume. After a weeks time got the offer.

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